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Merlin's Cave

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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It’s a Cave

Stating the obvious I realise but don’t get too carried away, it’s just a cave, not a gateway to a... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Lynne P
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Great place to practice using your imagination!

Step into the big mouth of the cave and imagine Merlin conducting spells and mixing potions as the... read more

Reviewed December 22, 2018
San Francisco, California
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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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Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stating the obvious I realise but don’t get too carried away, it’s just a cave, not a gateway to a series of caves or to a magical realm, despite it’s name. Concentrate instead on the fantastic scenery surrounding the cave and the beautiful walk down...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lynne P
Reviewed December 22, 2018

Step into the big mouth of the cave and imagine Merlin conducting spells and mixing potions as the waves crash in and out. If that's not your thing (why are you here? ;)) just relax by the beach and take in the view of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Free to visit. Can explore the cave (wet inside) can go all the way through to other side. Fansanting history. Lovely view of Castle. Free walking paths near by. Toilets not a far walk up at ticket office for castle.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank devonstar12
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

The cave is reached by a steep lane down from Tintagel village. You pass the castle entrance and carry on a few metres to the cove which has a small sandy beach. The cave is down about 14 wooden steps and at high tide is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Laura E
Reviewed October 18, 2018

If Merlin's Cave had been accessible, I certainly would have given it full points, as it was a much wished for highlight, but apparently English Heritage has passed over accessibility rights to a construction company currently preparing for a new bridge. If the castle had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank linnie l
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic place to visit, absolutely stunning this October. Full of magical mystery & stunning scenery. Watched a helicopter conveying stone onto the Island. Work in progress.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank foodiesdevon
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We hiked down to the cave after visiting the castle and were so glad we exerted the extra energy. The beach and cave were all beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

It is amazing to think that such a small stretch of sand can be so popular. Looking into Merlin's cave, or just sitting on the rock and looking out to sea - what an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately it does not cater for people who are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Wayne M
Reviewed September 27, 2018

This is worth the visit. You can walk down during low tide and enjoy the cave and the beach then go to the castle.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

The cave is only accessible at low tide via some steps . You can walk right though if you have wellies on. As rock pools in cave. Beach nice An sandy . But an average cave really .

Date of experience: September 2018
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Ren M
October 4, 2018|
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Response from janereilly2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, its all closed till April.
July 18, 2018|
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Response from Maxim123153 | Reviewed this property |
There are a couple of ways to access it without paying - enjoy your visit !
Jennifer F
May 27, 2018|
Response from Rod H | Reviewed this property |
They do a Landrover taxi to the bottom of the hill but you will still need to go down some steps to the beach