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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Ranked #6 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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k stephen
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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Alderholt, England, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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9 helpful votes 9 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 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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127 helpful votes 127 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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