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Overseas Visitor Pass - Tintagel Castle

We're planning to visit the south of England in September, and we'll visit several English Heritage Sites so we intend to purchase an Overseas Visitor Pass. Tintagel Castle is on our list of places to visit, and I'm wondering whether we still need to book our tickets in advance. If you've visited on a pass, I'd be interested in your experience with or without advance booking.

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With the Scotland pass last September, no reservation was required to enter its properties. The English passes should work the same. I wouldn’t expect Tintagel castle to be very busy in September. It is just a ruin. When we visited the town we decided not to go to it. We looked at it from across the inlet. There are much better castles and castle ruins elsewhere.

Edited: When we were in Tintagel we stayed the The Wootons Inn. It had a slightly different name back then, so I’m sure the owners have changed.

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No advance booking needed, just a 10% discount.
It wasn't even advance booking in 2021.

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I hope that you are planning to see a number of other sights in the South West. Tintagel is an awful long way to go for what for me is a very underwhelming castle.

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We've definitely got plenty of other plans in the southwest - Tintagel because we'll be there!

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The RS Best of South England tour purchases the Overseas Visitor Pass for its participants because it is a cost effective way to see so many of the sights. At each one, the guide simply showed the passes and received the tickets. I don't believe they were booked in advance.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ruins and walking around the island. The wildflowers and views were lovely in April. FYI for a few pounds each, it is possible to get land rover transport up or down the hill. The section near the entrance from the town is fairly steep. It gets much better after that.

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Thank you, Carol, that's helpful. We do a lot of walking, but the rover transport might be useful - more for the downhill than the uphill!