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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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It's magical! (I had too)

Stairs down to the beach, becarefull at the bottom and don't let tourists pressure you, take your time. You'll find the cave easily. Obviously the ground is uneven so do take... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Karen T
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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stairs down to the beach, becarefull at the bottom and don't let tourists pressure you, take your time. You'll find the cave easily. Obviously the ground is uneven so do take care, as well as the tide. Lovely to explore. The beach is cute and there's plenty more to explore. Merlins cave & beach is free as well as opposite... More 

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Thank Karen T
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The cave accessible when the tide is low. It can be viewed from the headland just down from the visitors centre for free . Just take a picnic and take in the spectacular views of the ocean .

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1 Thank Darrenbat
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a cave. It's cold, wet and dark, and smells of rotting seaweed. If you take a torch you might see fish life in the rock pools. Worth an especial visit? Not really. But they have carved his head on the rock outside. Woop!

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Thank Stephanie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love here, just beware of the pebbles, they can easily hurt your feet! Not much sand and and steep steps and rocks to climb over to get down. Sea is lovely, everytime i've come there has been no jellyfish in the water. Must see if you are nearby.

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2 Thank jakegoestravelling
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just fantastic well worth the visit :) well worth a good look around, watch out for the tide though...

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Thank Danny C
Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the walk down to it and a lovely location if you want a picnic. You just have to remember sensible shoes and a sun hat if its a hot day.

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Thank Diane W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit Tintagel Castle and then realised when we got to the bottom.of the hill, Merlins cave was on the beach. Great 2 attractions in 1 go. The cave is on a beautiful beach and the entrance is huge. I found the head carving just outside the cave and was well chuffed with myself, beat the kids 😀.... More 

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Thank Natalie T
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Theres something strange about this cave that draws you to it, I sat on a stone inside it, and it felt like the rest of the world were VERY far away, its very relaxing to sit on a rock and just listen to the waves.as they roll on the other side of the cave, be careful of the tides though,... More 

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Thank Heather H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning colours of rocks. Beautiful cave. Find the Merlin carving outside. A lovely spot and free before u go off on a walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cave is not the most amazing thing you'll ever see - and also not the most amazing cave. That said, if you're visiting the castle ruins anyway, do make your way down to the beach and peek into the cave as well.

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