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Merlin's Cave

Address: Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Ranked #6 of 16 things to do in Tintagel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Located below Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur, this cave is believed to be where...
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Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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Worcestershire
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Found this on our walk to the sea on route to the castle Picturesque and a nice stop off for photos. Nothing was open so nothing to hang around for after a few pics

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Time it just right with the tide and you can go down into the cove and into the cave to watch the sea trundle in from the other side.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

When the tide's out pop into this cave. Just beware of the icy cold water. I took only a few minutes to take a photo inside the cave and my feet / lower legs were totally numb and this was in July!

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Make sure you time this right while the tide is out. We spent time in the cave and stood mesmerised while waves crashed on the rocks around us. A lovely spot

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Glastonbury
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I haven not hiked down to it in the winter, only the summer. Be aware of the tides as it can fill quickly. I foolishly swam down it once on a summer's afternoon, and thought I'd go right through, but the water started rising and I had the most desperate struggle to get out alive before it filled as the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The trek to get to the cave is a bit of an adventure- but so worth the effort. This walk is easy for the average hiker or walker. The water and overall scenery adds to the utter beauty if this place. You can Climb up the side through the ruins. A Mystical and fun adventure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Merlin's Cave is free of charge and is at the base of a steep but pleasent hill track set underneath Tintagel Castle, however for a charge there is a landrover service that will take you up and down if you wish. Please note, if you use the service, when you reach the drop off point (by the Castle gift shop... More 

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England UK
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42 helpful votes 42 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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