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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Tintagel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Owner description: Located below Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur, this cave is believed to be where Merlin lived. The caves are accessible from a footpath, but fill with water at high tide.

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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

you do have to pay to go down to the cave as it is part of the castle tour, the steps are steep and there is a bit of rock clambering to get right to the bottom the them and onto the beach but it is worth it. There are quite a few caves to have a nosey into and... More

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Essex, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was lovely to visit and children had fun running in Cave before waves could catch them. Finished off our visit to Tintagel.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Having spent a stack of money on various attractions over the last few days what a refreshing change to find a really interesting attraction where I didn't have to put my hand in my pocket! Spurned Tintagel castle as had to pay and it didn't look that interesting compared to many castles we visited and dropped down into beautiful Tintagel... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It is not a theme park, know one selling ice-creams when you go inside (it is a cave)! Take in whilst visiting the castle. Floor uneven and the cave goes completely through to the sea the other side. A fun place to spend 15mins during your visit to Tintagel. Great stones on the beach, perfect for "stone skipping".

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k stephen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

good little beach a difficult walk through the cave, you keep thinking the sea is going to come crashing in!! but its all good fun!! of course care must be taken. but if you just do it the once!!! then dam well do it!! have an adventure!! its what cornwall is all about!!

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I did find it quite difficult to get to the cave over rocks that were uneven and sometime slippery, but glad I had made the effort. The cave was interesting, even though I suppose in fact it is probably like any cave. I couldn't help but feel the magic of tall tales when I entered. It felt totally believable that... More

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I stayed at the top of the stairs and watched my husband walk down yet another set of steps to the rocky bottom by the cave. I was hoping he wouldn't walk into the cave which he didn't. There were a few people down there, some sitting watching the waves and some walked into the cave. My husband came back... More

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Alderholt, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The cave is only available at low tide so check tide tables first. Inside it can be rather rocky so wear reasonable footwear. There was a pool of water inside which prevented us walking in too far. There are two other caves over the other side of the beach which we preferred. Again care needs to be taken on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Well it is a cave - one you can walk or wade through but you must check the tides (which you can do with the helpful staff up at the visitor centre) - and it does have a certain air about it but don't expect wonderful things. Still, it is cool so go for the experience...

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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have been coming to Tintagel for 18 years and finally I got to go into Merlins cave. Had bad luck with tides previously. Great experience. Very uneven and slippery ground so be prepared.

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