NEWS
Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public
POSTED 12 Aug 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
The new bridge fords a 190-foot gorge between two parts of the castle Credit: English Heritage/Jim Holden
Tintagel Castle has been made whole again
– Kate Mavor, English Heritage
A £5m (US$6m, €5.4m) programme of improvements by English Heritage at Cornish tourist attraction Tintagel Castle has reached a milestone, with the opening of a footbridge that joins the two halves of the castle for the first time in more than 500 years.

Designed by Ney & Partners engineers and William Matthew Associates Architectural Practice, the bridge spans a 190-foot gorge between the 13th-century gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on a jagged headland jutting into the sea. There was once a narrow land bridge connecting the two sites, but this disappeared through erosion during the 15th or 16th centuries.

The bridge is made of of two independent cantilevers. Both stretching out 33m (108ft) the two sides of the bridge meet at the centre of the gorge, with a 4cm gap left to represent the "transition between the mainland and the island, the present and the past, history and legend".

Linked to the legend of King Arthur, the name Tintagel itself derives from the Cornish Din Tagell, which means "the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance" – a reference to the historic crossing point.

The castle is a popular heritage attraction, welcoming more than 250,000 visitors a year. The new footbridge will help to reduce congestion and improve accessibility, making the entire castle explorable for those unable to tackle its steps.

As part of the investment, footpaths around the site have also been improved, helping to reduce the impact on the castle's archaeology and ecology.

Positioned 57m (187ft) above sea level, the bridge is constructed from 47.5 tonnes of steel, 140m of oak, and 40,000 slate tiles that were hand-cut from a quarry just three miles from Tintagel. Members of the public were able to donate funds to help build the bridge and were each allowed to sign one of the Cornish slates that form its walkway. There was also a private donation of £2.5m (US$3m, €2.7m) from Julia and Hans Rausing towards the project – the largest such donation ever received by English Heritage.

"Tintagel Castle has been made whole again," said Kate Mavor, chief executive of English Heritage.

"Once more, people will cross from one side of the castle to the other, and their footsteps will echo those from hundreds of years ago.

"As a charity, English Heritage's core purpose is to care for historic sites like Tintagel Castle and to inspire people to visit them. Our new Tintagel bridge does both ‒ protecting the castle's archaeology and bringing its story to life in a brilliant, imaginative way."

The bridge's opening was slightly delayed due to bad weather. It was due to open on 9 August but high winds postponed that until 11 August.

And here's the view through that gap - 57 metres above the sea Credit: English Heritage/Jim Holden
At the centre of the bridge, a 40mm gap between the ends of the two cantilevers is symbolic of transitions: between the mainland and the island, past and present, history and legend Credit: English Heritage/Jim Holden
The opening of the bridge will mean a lot less climbing of steps for visitors Credit: English Heritage/Jim Holden
The bridge is constructed from two 33m-long cantilevers Credit: English Heritage/Jim Holden
RELATED STORIES
Competition win: Ney & Partners to build footbridge at Cornwall's Tintagel Castle


English Heritage have announced the architectural team led by Ney & Partners have won the design competition to build a new footbridge at Cornwall’s Tintagel Castle, a site long associated in the UK with the legend of King Arthur.
Visions unveiled for footbridge connecting mythical King Arthur castle to mainland


English Heritage has unveiled a series of six possible designs for a new footbridge at Tintagel Castle, a site long associated with the legend of King Arthur.
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public...
15 Dec 2019 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

12 Aug 2019

Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public
BY Andy Knaggs

The new bridge fords a 190-foot gorge between two parts of the castle

The new bridge fords a 190-foot gorge between two parts of the castle
photo: English Heritage/Jim Holden

A £5m (US$6m, €5.4m) programme of improvements by English Heritage at Cornish tourist attraction Tintagel Castle has reached a milestone, with the opening of a footbridge that joins the two halves of the castle for the first time in more than 500 years.

Designed by Ney & Partners engineers and William Matthew Associates Architectural Practice, the bridge spans a 190-foot gorge between the 13th-century gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on a jagged headland jutting into the sea. There was once a narrow land bridge connecting the two sites, but this disappeared through erosion during the 15th or 16th centuries.

The bridge is made of of two independent cantilevers. Both stretching out 33m (108ft) the two sides of the bridge meet at the centre of the gorge, with a 4cm gap left to represent the "transition between the mainland and the island, the present and the past, history and legend".

Linked to the legend of King Arthur, the name Tintagel itself derives from the Cornish Din Tagell, which means "the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance" – a reference to the historic crossing point.

The castle is a popular heritage attraction, welcoming more than 250,000 visitors a year. The new footbridge will help to reduce congestion and improve accessibility, making the entire castle explorable for those unable to tackle its steps.

As part of the investment, footpaths around the site have also been improved, helping to reduce the impact on the castle's archaeology and ecology.

Positioned 57m (187ft) above sea level, the bridge is constructed from 47.5 tonnes of steel, 140m of oak, and 40,000 slate tiles that were hand-cut from a quarry just three miles from Tintagel. Members of the public were able to donate funds to help build the bridge and were each allowed to sign one of the Cornish slates that form its walkway. There was also a private donation of £2.5m (US$3m, €2.7m) from Julia and Hans Rausing towards the project – the largest such donation ever received by English Heritage.

"Tintagel Castle has been made whole again," said Kate Mavor, chief executive of English Heritage.

"Once more, people will cross from one side of the castle to the other, and their footsteps will echo those from hundreds of years ago.

"As a charity, English Heritage's core purpose is to care for historic sites like Tintagel Castle and to inspire people to visit them. Our new Tintagel bridge does both ‒ protecting the castle's archaeology and bringing its story to life in a brilliant, imaginative way."

The bridge's opening was slightly delayed due to bad weather. It was due to open on 9 August but high winds postponed that until 11 August.




Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
MAD Arkitekter nature town celebrates the beautiful landscape of Martineåsen
MAD Arkitekter nature town celebrates the beautiful landscape of Martineåsen   13 Dec 2019

MAD Arkitekter have planned a new district in Martineåsen, Norway, that is aimed at celebrating the beautiful landscape of the area while offering the .... more>>
Pierattelli Architetture proposes new football stadium for ACF Fiorentina
Pierattelli Architetture proposes new football stadium for ACF Fiorentina   13 Dec 2019

Pierattelli Architetture have proposed a new football stadium for ACF Fiorentina with an accompanying masterplan aimed at regenerating the Novoli .... more>>
Fairmont Windsor Park announces spa plans
Fairmont Windsor Park announces spa plans   13 Dec 2019

Accor and Arora Group, have signed a deal for a new hotel and spa to be operated under the Fairmont brand. The 200-room Fairmont Windsor Park is .... more>>
Nominees named for European Museum of the Year
Nominees named for European Museum of the Year   13 Dec 2019

The European Museum of the Year 2020 will be won by one of 61 nominated institutions now announced by the European Museum Forum. Among those .... more>>
Snøhetta's Xingtai Grand Theater provides a cultural cornerstone in Hebei Province
Snøhetta's Xingtai Grand Theater provides a cultural cornerstone in Hebei Province   13 Dec 2019

Snøhetta have won a competition to create the Xingtai Grand Theater in China with a design that provides indoors and outdoors performance spaces, .... more>>
Hilton's Higgins Hotel New Orleans tells the story of World War II
Hilton's Higgins Hotel New Orleans tells the story of World War II   13 Dec 2019

The newly opened Higgins Hotel New Orleans has been designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW) and Kay Lang + Associates (KLA) to tell .... more>>
Company profile


Booker by MINDBODY

Booker by Mindbody is an all-in-one management solution to run and grow your spa.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Proven commercial and operational expertise for spas

Proven commercial and operational expertise for spas

Spa associates are intrinsically different from other hospitality professionals, and traditional business training often does not equip them to maximise their operations. More>>




in this issue

• David Lloyd to launch ASMR experience
• Benefits of referrals 'not as large as hoped'
• Museum of the Home targets 2020 relaunch



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Female Lifeguard
Salary: Competitive
Location: Seymour Place, London, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Lifeguards
Salary: Competitive
Location: Seymour Place, London, UK
Company: Everyone Active
General Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Gateshead, UK
Company: truGym
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




13 Jan 2020

BALPPA Annual Dinner

Madame Tussauds, London, United Kingdom



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Social good: Ivo Gormley
GoodGym founder Ivo Gormley fights back against loneliness in society More>>
  Interview: Sioux-per foods
The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, is on a mission to revive indigenous cuisine More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Interview: Tony Butler
Derby Museums Trust executive director delivers social justice in museums More>>
  Adult play: Making a big play
LM reports on the emerging trend of adults playing like kids More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd