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“Magical and eerie” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Merlin's Cave

Merlin's Cave
Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Ranked #8 of 16 things to do in Tintagel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Magical and eerie”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

You can only visit this cave when the tide is out but by the time we walked around Tintagel castle it had done so. The bottom half of the steps down to the beach have disappeared but there are some big rocks to climb on to, take care as can be slippery. Its only a small beach but very lovely and as its set in the cove feels as though you are part of the sea.
As you look out to the sea there is a lovely waterfall and Merlins cave is to the right. Its only small but you can get right through to the end. The cave itself held a mystersysm to it and felt very magical. Great for photos especially when you get the sea mist to add to the atmosphere.

Visited April 2013
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“More Than A Hole In The Wall.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

To some it might not be that interesting, but I found it to be more than a hole in the wall. On the way down to the sheltered beach, notice the chunks of castle wall that have fallen from above. Beautiful little beach leading to the cave and impressive waterfall in the other direction. The cave goes right through the headland and you can almost imagine what residents over the past 2000 years might have thought of it. The cave can flood at high tide and at low tide, the footing can be slippery further in.

Visited April 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Magical and dramatic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The steps down to the beach have been washed away at the bottom so the last part of the descent to the beach is a drop of about a metre. There are rocks to climb back up again. The cave can be viewed from the top without going down to the beach but to get the full effect you need to be able to go inside the cave. It is very dramatic when the tide is coming in and makes amazing photos but you do need to be careful about the speed it comes up.

Visited April 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Great photo location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This cave is only available when the tide has gone out.It is very difficult to climb down to the beach,but is worth the effort.

Visited April 2013
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“A unique place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Very magical place. Accessed down steep stairs and a scramble / clamber down the 3 feet of rocks for the last part. Need to time with low tide. Can walk through cave at very low tide.

Visited March 2013
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