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Merlin's Cave

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Address: Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Description: Located below Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur, this cave is...
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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Exilerating experience

Beware steep walk down to this cave from the village but well worth the walk. There are land rovers available at a cost to take you up and down though so don't miss this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Beware steep walk down to this cave from the village but well worth the walk. There are land rovers available at a cost to take you up and down though so don't miss this exilerating experience with rugged coastline and views of the castle on the way. You can actually get to the beach and cave via steps. There is... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This cave is just ssoo cool! The story of Merlin meeting Arthur for the first time - its magical, and the atmosphere just makes it. Above the cave is Tintagel Castle. The surrounding town is also nice, with some cute shops. Well worth it, I would come back here again!

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Portsmouth, Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Bit of a trek down the hill to get to the heritage centre and then up hill to the castle or down to the cave. we didn't go to the castle it was windy and a bit chilly, it isn't cheap neither, the views etc are terrific on a clear day, I would imagine very dismal on a damp rainy... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Loads of steps down but well worth it, when the tide is out. Stunningly atmospheric! And amazing to see the scale of the place from the bottom up.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Visiting North Devon and Cornwall on holiday, my wife mentioned Tintagel Castle then King Arthur/Merlin and my 8 year old son shouted YES! The next day we drove over to Tintagel and slowly made our way on the B3263 through the town to find parking. If you get there early enough there is a nice little car park as you... More 

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A nice bit of coast - The legends are there for you to take or leave as you see fit. it is a dramatic bit of coastal scenery and as such is worth a visit. Don't expect wizards, swords in stones or anything other than the magic of nature.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We loved our trip to Merlin's Cave. It's a tidal cave, so you have to wait for the waters to clear, but when they do, you'll be mystified as you stand within the walls looking outward to the sea imagining the great Wizard conjuring from within its depths. Or, just admire the tidal cave. It really rocks!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Merlin's Cave is a must-see when visiting Tintagel Castle but keep an eye on the tides first as it's best at low tide. You should already be wearing good shoes for walking round the castle and steps, but if not, you'll need them in here as it's easy to take a fall on the many stones. Great fun for kids... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband and I walked down to the beach below Tintagel Castle and briefly went inside Merlin's Cave. There were also little waterfalls just outside of it that you could stand under, as well as a small beach to wade and swim. It wasn't a massive cave or beach but it was just right after the walk to the castle.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

This sea cave is only accessible at low tide but if you are nearby it is worth seeing and exploring - kids love it!

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