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Merlin's Cave

Address: Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions 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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Glastonbury
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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40 helpful votes 40 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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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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215 attraction reviews
466 helpful votes 466 helpful votes
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
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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58 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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