Situated on the north Atlantic coast of Cornwall, the village of Tintagel and nearby Tintagel Castle have long been associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. The village has, in recent times, become a magnet for tourists and day-trippers.

It was cited originally as a place of origin for King Arthur by the Dark Ages pseudo-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth. Tintagel is also recycled as a locus for the Arthurian mythos by the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson in the poem Idylls of the King.

Tintagel is also the title of an orchestral tone poem by Sir Arnold Bax.