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Address: Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Seal watching

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

Reviewed September 14, 2016
Richard C
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Reviewed September 14, 2016 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.

5 Thank Richard C
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

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.

3 Thank Robert B
Sandy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2016

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 

27 Thank Sandygranny
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Having visited Tintagel castle we went back again to walk around over the cliffs opposite the castle which is free, on walking back and the tide being out we decided to look in the cave and find the carving which is again free. It is worth a visit and seeing the fallen boulders and the caves carved by the see... More 

2 Thank F3ster
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

Near Tintagel Castle its a beautiful place. Its quite a trek down on steps to get to the cave so thing of the trek back up before heading off. The tide needs to be out so make sure you have enough time to see the cave and return up again.

3 Thank Bcvaughan
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

Tintagel is a funny old place where the beautiful and quaint has been preserved by the cash generated by the dubious mythology. Cornwall has natural attractions like this cave all over the county, where centuries of close attention from the relentless sea has gradually hollowed out the softer rock and created an atmospheric spot at low tide. Yet millions are... More 

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Brandon, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Very cool cave. A great quick adventure before setting off to see the castle. Make sure you visit during low tide though.

2 Thank Nicole S
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 3, 2016

Huge cave which lies at base of island where castle is located above. Have to access via walk down steps to beach below. Is quite dark inside as you go in which makes it feel quite mysterious. Be careful when tide is coming in though as sure it becomes submerged when it is in.

1 Thank YvonneAlanH
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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

How do you review a cave? It's a small dark, cave. You can clamber over rocks and stones, through to the other side of the cave. You'll need good footwear and preferably shorts. Be prepared to get wet, as you could find yourself in the water at the bottom of the cave.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Having seen the likes of Patal bhuvaneshvar in India, salt caves near Salzburg (Hall-statt) , this was a sort of underwhelming experience

1 Thank Admishra

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