Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public | attractionsmanagement.com news
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs . News . Features . Video . Products . Magazine . Handbook . Advertise . Contact us  
NEWS
Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public
POSTED 12 Aug 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
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.
MORE NEWS
Phased reopening for new Denver Art Museum facilities begins June 2020
Denver Art Museum in Colorado, US, is to begin a phased reopening of its campus in June 2020, with a new welcome centre, learning and engagement centre, 72,000sq ft (21,945sq m) of new and refurbished gallery space and new dining experiences.
Sutton Hoo ancient royal burial site reopens following redevelopment
Sutton Hoo, the burial site of a 7th century Anglo-Saxon king in Suffolk, England, that achieved worldwide fame upon its discovery in 1938, has reopened following a £4m (US$4.85m, €4.37m) transformation.
Merlin reveals plans for Lego Movie World at California resort
Merlin has revealed plans for the largest new addition at its Legoland California resort since the park launched in 1999.
Arts Council England allocates £17.5m to local culture projects
Arts Council England has named 13 new additions to its Creative People and Places (CPP) project, which it says is about local people choosing, creating and taking part in the arts and culture on offer to them.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Commercial Manager
Sea Life
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Orlando, FL, USA
Head of Estate Operations
Weston Park
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Shifnal, Shropshire, UK
Duty Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Manchester, UK
Visitor Experience Manager
City of London Corporation
Salary: £37,120 - £42,400
Job location: Chingford, London, UK
General Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Milpitas, CA, USA
Retail / Commercial manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Atlanta, GA, USA
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILE
Sally Corporation

Our services include: Dark ride design & build; Redevelopment of existing attractions; High-quality [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

EAS rebrands to IAAPA Expo Europe ahead of 2019 show in Paris
The Euro Attractions Show has been rebranded as the IAAPA Expo Europe ahead of this year's event at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition centre. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion - Trailer Peter Pan - Saving Tinkerbell VR
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Experience the experience – Polin Waterparks & Pool Systems
Red Raion: Meet the Team - Introduction – Red Raion
Miko and the Spell of the Stone - Movie Trailer – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

16-19 Sep 2019

IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
21-24 Sep 2019

ASTC 2019 Annual Conference

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2019 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

07 Aug 2019 issue 136


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2019


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

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

©Cybertrek 2019
Jobs . News . Products . Magazine
NEWS
Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public
POSTED 12 Aug 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
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.
MORE NEWS
Phased reopening for new Denver Art Museum facilities begins June 2020
Denver Art Museum in Colorado, US, is to begin a phased reopening of its campus in June 2020, with a new welcome centre, learning and engagement centre, 72,000sq ft (21,945sq m) of new and refurbished gallery space and new dining experiences.
Sutton Hoo ancient royal burial site reopens following redevelopment
Sutton Hoo, the burial site of a 7th century Anglo-Saxon king in Suffolk, England, that achieved worldwide fame upon its discovery in 1938, has reopened following a £4m (US$4.85m, €4.37m) transformation.
Merlin reveals plans for Lego Movie World at California resort
Merlin has revealed plans for the largest new addition at its Legoland California resort since the park launched in 1999.
Arts Council England allocates £17.5m to local culture projects
Arts Council England has named 13 new additions to its Creative People and Places (CPP) project, which it says is about local people choosing, creating and taking part in the arts and culture on offer to them.
Australian Museum closes for year-long AUS$57.5m renovation
A major renovation project that will expand touring exhibition halls and create several new facilities at the Australian Museum in Sydney will see the venue closed to the public from 19 August.
Silver Dollar City announces record-breaking waterfall drop ride among US$30m plans
The tallest raft ride drop in the Western Hemisphere is coming to Silver Dollar City, after the park revealed plans to invest more than US$30m (€26.9m, £24.8m) into a number of new developments.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILE
Sally Corporation

Our services include: Dark ride design & build; Redevelopment of existing attractions; High-quality [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

EAS rebrands to IAAPA Expo Europe ahead of 2019 show in Paris
The Euro Attractions Show has been rebranded as the IAAPA Expo Europe ahead of this year's event at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition centre. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion - Trailer Peter Pan - Saving Tinkerbell VR
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Experience the experience – Polin Waterparks & Pool Systems
Red Raion: Meet the Team - Introduction – Red Raion
Miko and the Spell of the Stone - Movie Trailer – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

16-19 Sep 2019

IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
21-24 Sep 2019

ASTC 2019 Annual Conference

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . 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
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS