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Known to generations of tourists as King Arthur's Castle, Tintagel Castle was in fact built by the Earls of Cornwall in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The present day remains consist of this and of an older Celtic monastery from approximately 500 AD. The remains straddle both sides of a narrow strip of land, all that connects the mainland from the peninsula. To visit the peninsula, the visitor must be prepared to negotiate the narrow isthmus and climb a steep flight of stairs. The castle was started by Earl Reginald, an illegitimate son of King Henry I, in about 1145 who constructed a stockaded bank and ditch on the mainland side. His major work was the construction of a great hall on the peninsula side, just past the isthmus. It was about this time that Geoffrey of Monmouth visited the site and have jumped to the conclusion that the old Celtic monastery were the remains of the legendary Arthurian Camelot. Much of the present day ruins can be traced to the work of Earl Richard, brother of Henry III, who greatly expanded the site in 1236. On the mainland side he built the great gateway and the lower and upper wards whilst on the peninsula he built the curtain wall enclosing the inner ward and the Iron Gate. Today the castle is managed by English Heritage.
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