Tintagel Old Post Office // Tintagel

Carefully restored building originally dating from the 14th century, is now in the care of the National Trust

Tintagel Old Post Office is one of the National Trust's most delightful medieval buildings. The 600 year old traditional Cornish longhouse is set in enchanting cottage gardens and contains a carefully restored Victorian post office. It is furnished with local oak furniture, some pieces dating from as early as the 16th century.

The building began life as a yeoman farmhouse and is a rare survival of a mediaeval domestic building in this area. The house became a Royal Mail letter receiving office in the 1870s. Towards the end of the 19th century, it was purchased by a group of local artists who were concerned with the preservation of their local area. In 1903 the Tintagel Old Post Office was vested in the recently formed National Trust.

This house of great character and antiquity, constructed of locally quarried slate, is full of charm. It is one of the few remaining picturesque buildings in the area, as most of the old cottages were demolished to make way for hotels during the 19th century, as the Arthurian legends gained new popularity.