Guest Blog: The Avalon Hotel, Cornwall

We are kicking off our guest blog series with a piece from Anthony Richards, owner of the Avalon Hotel in Tintagel, Cornwall.

Why 2021 is a great year to visit Tintagel!

2020 was a strange and difficult year, even for the best visitor destinations in Cornwall. Sadly, many people who had planned to visit Tintagel were forced to put their trips on hold. The good news is that 2021 is looking like a much more predictable year for hotels and restaurants like ours, and our flexible booking and cancellation policy means that you can plan your trip to Tintagel with confidence.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to during your stay overlooking Tintagel Castle Island, the birthplace of King Arthur, by hotel owner, Anthony Richards.

See the new footbridge to Tintagel Castle

The impressive new footbridge linking the island and mainland was completed in August 2019, so it’s still a new and exciting attraction for the area. Back in the Middle Ages a land bridge joined the two halves of the ancient settlement, so this new bridge reinstates the original route.

The bridge also makes the whole historic site much easier to access, and people who would have struggled with the steps and steep incline before will find the visiting experience much more enjoyable.

 

Great food and drink

As ever, here at The Avalon our food and drink offering will be a memorable part of your stay in Cornwall. With a menu packed with local produce, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From fresh fish to the finest steaks, traditional cream teas and – of course – Cornish pasties to try, Cornwall’s famously good food doesn’t disappoint.

Our guests love dining on the alfresco terrace, especially after spending the day exploring the English Heritage site we overlook!

For those who like a challenge, walk the coast path!

Once you’ve visited Tintagel Castle and had your fill of myth and legend, why not take the opportunity to walk a spectacular stretch of the South West Coast Path? The rugged north Cornish coast offers stunning vistas in both directions.

There’s a fabulous but difficult circular walk from Tintagel to Boscastle and back, which takes in St Neclans Glen too. In the other direction, keen walkers who enjoy a challenge can hike all the way to Port Isaac with this 9-mile route; we recommend a bus or taxi back!

Visit Port Isaac and Boscastle

For the less nimble among us, the short drives to visit both Boscastle and Port Isaac should be factored in when you plan your trip to Tintagel.

Boscastle is a pleasant valley village with an interesting, and at times tragic, history. Visit Cornwall has a handy guide to exploring the many attractions of Boscastle here.

Port Isaac is another iconic Cornish fishing village, made famous by the TV drama Doc Martin. There are some pleasant small shops, galleries and pubs, but most of all this is a great place to simply stroll and take in the scenery.

Is Tintagel on your bucket list for 2021? If so browse our rooms here, or give us a call to discuss availability and offers on stays of three nights or more.