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Merlin's Cave

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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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Weird and eerie

We could not access it this visit as the national trust had blocked it off, so annoying. Been many times before and its a strange place to visit. If you go on a misty day its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
streakey
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We could not access it this visit as the national trust had blocked it off, so annoying. Been many times before and its a strange place to visit. If you go on a misty day its sooooo eerie. I cannot explain it but its quite mystical.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never been inside a real cave before so it was exciting, worth a visit just before the tide is on its lowest, not too many people when there's still waves coming in and the sound is amazing.

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1 Thank Emilia K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

When visiting Tintagel Castle, if the tide is cooperative & you are confident that you can approach this mysterious cave without slipping & smashing your skull, then by all means do so. As if the waves crashing against the shoreline weren't an impressive enough thing to witness, here is the once reputed home of King Arthur's wizard mentor, Merlin. Make... More 

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Thank Shawn F
Empingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Absolutely lovely place to visit unfortunately we could not go on the beach and in merlins cave I think there was a problem with 1 of the cliffs as there was abseilers working on 1 of them and all the rocks were falling on the beach. but never mind we will go back and have another go

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3 Thank FREDBENTON
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Whilst visiting Tintagel Castle, be sure to wait the short time for the tide going out far enough to check out Merlin's Cave. It is full of atmosphere and evokes the spirit of the King Arthur legend perfectly with it's crashing waves and dark depths.

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3 Thank Craig_Row
Billingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

great place to visit children liked clambering on the rocks you have to be careful of the tide coming in if on the rock that is in the centre of the beach

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

OMG We've been huge King Arthur, Knights of the Round Table, Merlin fans for years. Visiting Merlin's Cave was so magical and inspirational. The light coming thru the other end of the cave was incredible. I got goose bumps. We were fortunate to visit at low tide and spent time on the beach, and in the cave.

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3 Thank mshavachat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Went to Merlins Cave today on the recommendation of the proprietor of a hotel it's a very long walk down a steep Hill and also a lot of steps down to the sandy beach it's a very good experience you can walk right through the cave from one side to the other there is also a waterfall cascading down the... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This is a great place to look inside. Its below Tintagel Castle, It is around 100 metres long, passing completely through Tintagel Island from Tinagel Haven on the east to West Cove on the west Be warned - The lower portion of the steps down to the cave have been washed away, and it is necessary to climb down some... More 

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2 Thank HomerJSimpson01
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

The Beach was lovely, and it was cool standing inside the caves. I think kids would love it :) should have been more information about Merlin there though...

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