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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Tintagel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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... more » 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. « less
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Alderholt, England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The cave is only available at low tide so check tide tables first. Inside it can be rather rocky so wear reasonable footwear. There was a pool of water inside which prevented us walking in too far. There are two other caves over the other side of the beach which we preferred. Again care needs to be taken on the... More

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Peak District
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Well it is a cave - one you can walk or wade through but you must check the tides (which you can do with the helpful staff up at the visitor centre) - and it does have a certain air about it but don't expect wonderful things. Still, it is cool so go for the experience...

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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have been coming to Tintagel for 18 years and finally I got to go into Merlins cave. Had bad luck with tides previously. Great experience. Very uneven and slippery ground so be prepared.

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Thornford, null, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The cave its self is perfect for exploring on a stormy day or even a sunny one. It's mysterious and enchanting and is part of a beautiful yet small beach.

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sandy, utah
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57 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Just beware of the tide timing so you're not caught in the water! Such a beautiful area, lots of stairs and dogs.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I came here when we came to visit the castle. It was great fun and well worth the trip. We voyagously made our way across the cave (tons of fun) until we reached the other side. There were mini rock pools where the sea had washed in and so you could see fish and things. The only down side to... More

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

struggled a bit to get down to the cave but worth every inch. on walking into the mouth of the cave, got an amazing feeling. didn't realise you could walk all through, which made it more exiting. sat on a ledge, just to imagine merlin had sat there before me. found a pebble which has the appearance of a letter... More

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chorley lancashire
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161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Look at the tide times and be prepared to get a bit wet and it's a bit tricky to negotiate some parts. Some people were swimming at the far side which looked lovely.

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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lovely view from Trevose Head. Walked though the cave at low tide, should not be done alone, as you have to watch your footing. You can, however, walk right through the cave to the other side, if you are careful and sure it is the right time. I am not sure if they still allow this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

we went to the cave since we did not want to pay 6 pounds for the castle ruins. it was a great joice! the cave is fantastic but a little bit crowded sometimes. be sure to get there at low tide.

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