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Address: Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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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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Why Wait for the Tide?

Go in when the tide is a bit high still and watch the waves crash around you! Don't do this with kids though. The footing is uneven but it is amazing to get the place to yourself... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Katie_the_Muzykal
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go in when the tide is a bit high still and watch the waves crash around you! Don't do this with kids though. The footing is uneven but it is amazing to get the place to yourself and is the best way to experience it alone! I went about 2 hours before the tide was low enough to walk in... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wait til the tide goes out and venture into an atmospheric cave where legend has it King Arthur was left as a baby for Merlin to find.

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Thank Peppipig
Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

I would not be exaggerating if I said my sole purpose of visiting Tintagel was to walk into Merlin's cave. Having grown up on a staple of British folklore I was eager to visit Tintagel - the legendary birth place of King Arthur. I checked the tide timings and walked down to the cave when the tide was out. There... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

When we got to the bottom of the stairs we had to maneuver rocks which were a bit slippery. We managed and it was definitely worth the effort. It was a lovely cave / cove.

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Thank Gail F
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Listen to the deepest and highest of yourself if you are called to go here. I heard the call from Switzerland and I'm glad I listened. I did not just go as a tourist visiting a mythological site. I went because I listened to my intuition and trusted. I traveled from Switzerland to London and by bus, a 8-10 hour... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

Bit of a walk but we'll worth it. Ideal for photography enthusiast!! The weather was great today and this was a perfect place to visit. So pleased we walked down. Between Apr and Oct there is a jeep to take u back up the hill at £2 pp

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Thank caz1597
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The time to go is at low tide and you can make your way all the way through the cave to the other side. It is said that when you do this you will receive a special blessing. The boulders inside are beautiful and the energy is expansive.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

It's a cave but nice to do if you are visiting Tintagel Castle - on a good beach. Castle and beach are dog friendly.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We knew ahead of time to check the tides so we started our day here. We were early at low tide and were totally alone before the crowds. I can understand why the legends came to be, as later we were on the headlands above and sounds rushing through this cave made it seem like there were "dragons" prowling in... More 

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Thank minniejan
Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Lovely historical place to visit with cracking views , checking tide times a must have, a bit of a trek from Tintagel but it's downhill and they do offer a land rover service if you don't want to walk.

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