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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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Eerie beautiful place

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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56 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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Worcestershire
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 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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3 helpful votes 3 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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