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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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The first time we visited we were lucky to have walked down to the cave when the tide was out. Huge waves would come within feet of you, leading us to believe that we were about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Biggeniemartin
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The first time we visited we were lucky to have walked down to the cave when the tide was out. Huge waves would come within feet of you, leading us to believe that we were about to get drenched, then suddenly they vanish. Super optical elusion, and the second time we went we saw a seal.

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1 Thank Biggeniemartin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a long trek up and down with steep stairs and uneven terrain. So best to wear proper footwear. Definitely not sandals and heeled shoes. A lovely site and place to explore. Some kids had a ball of a time inside the cave looking around. Would recommend you come in the morning before it gets too crowded and when tide... More 

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2 Thank StepheyTSC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner went down to the cave which was a tricky walk, but the little beach is nice, and with a bit of imagination you could see merlin!! But it is just a cave, although at high tide it makes the bay more exciting

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2 Thank teag63
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cave and beach under Tintagel Island. Free of charge, quite a few steps and a bit of climbing, well worth a visit on a nice day.

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2 Thank John D
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The legend says this was Merlins cave, you will need a good imagination to picture Merlin using the cave, but plenty of people go down to the cave, me included, so maybe they do believe, just be aware the cave apparently gets cut off by the tide, so seek advice on quieter days.

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3 Thank ERIC B
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing view from up top. Then down onto sandy beach and Merlins cave to go and explore. There is also a small but quaint little waterfall. Fantastic to watch the tide coming in. Plus if you are lucky like iwas this year you may spot a seal or two swimming close by.

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4 Thank nixswatson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are quite a few steps down and the last few are very difficult because the steps were damaged and I had to chamber over slippy stones. The cave itself is quite large and the rock formations are quite interesting.

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4 Thank Lynda B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to watch seals at high tide. Great caves and rock pools at low tide. Well worth a look at the castle too.

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its really a nice tidal cave with some nice marble chunks and some crags but that sadly is about it worth a look as its free but don't expect much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no evidence that this is really Merlin's cave but it is well worth a visit. It is not part of the official English Heritage site, so you can explore the cave and beach whenever you like. According to local legend, the cave was believed to be the place where Merlin found the new-born Arthur and where he hid... More 

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