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Penhevad Studios, Penhevad Street,

Grangetown, Cardiff, CF11 7LU

© 2017 by Davies Sutton Architects

Visitor Facilities Tintagel Castle
North Cornwall 

The island fortress of Tintagel, seat of legendary King Arthur, stands high above the sea on one of Britain’s most dramatic coastlines. The Schedule Ancient Monument is an awe inspiring place to visit and perhaps one of the most challenging contexts for construction. Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and under the management of English Heritage, the site is extremely popular, with visitors averaging over 180,000 per year.

 

The main visitor facilities, located in a confined valley were not fit purpose, Davies Sutton were appointed to assist in maximising the commercial potential of the site.  Works included the complete remodelling of several existing 19th and 20th century buildings to provide improved facilities and two new bridges was developed to enable access for all.

 

To address issues with ticketing on the sprawling site, a remote ticket kiosk was developed. With the site only accessible by 4x4 and the need to minimise impact on visitors, the timber framed kiosk was fabricated offsite for delivery to site by helicopter.