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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Spooky

Interesting to see originaly a slate and copper mine and you can see right through to the other... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Patricia B
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Devon, United Kingdom
Lucky us

We were so very lucky that the tide was out so we could explore inside the cave. The beach is good... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lesley M
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Melbourne, Australia
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tide coming” (7 reviews)
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Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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"low tide"
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"small waterfall"
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"climb down"
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"king arthur"
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"magical place"
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"worth a visit"
in 18 reviews
"visit tintagel"
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"land rover"
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"the cliff"
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"steep steps"
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"castle ruins"
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"coastal path"
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"rocks"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Interesting to see originaly a slate and copper mine and you can see right through to the other side. It's not easy to get to so if you have bad legs not an easy task not so much getting down but getting up again. You...More

Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were so very lucky that the tide was out so we could explore inside the cave. The beach is good and the views are haunting. Worth a look to let your imagination run wild.

Thank Lesley M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Unfortunately we didn't look at the tide tables before our visit and arrived at Tintagel at high tide - so we could not visit the cave but had to admire from nearby. 2325

Thank Albywon
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stunning location. Got some great pics. Check the tide times at the ticket box before you go down. Uneven rocks to climb at the bottom of the steps but fun to clamber on.

Thank yummummy79
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited Tintagel Castle today with kids age 3 and 5. The weather was drizzly and damp but we decided to go down to Merlin's Cave. There are quite a few steps down to the beach- a mixture of stone, wood and metal. They are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited while going to the castle, it is accessible from the beach and steps which lead to the castle. We were fortunate to be there at low tide so decided to have a look. Worth a visit if you are there.

Thank Amy P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You had a strange feeling when being around the cave and tried to imagine old Merlin in the cave doing spells etc. It was hard not to try and go back in time to imagine how it would have been here.

Thank philipoggy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Brooding and haunting cave, only accessible while the tide goes out. The enormous rock ledges and crevasses highlight the sheer scale of the site. Beautiful.

Thank Deborah P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can be seen either from the “castle” or from the coast path from Bossiney. Large cave that the waves. Always crash into. Must have a look !

Thank Maxim123153
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been visiting the cave for years. It's always worth to check the times with low tide before you go there.

Thank fropet
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Jennifer F
May 27, 2018|
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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
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August 14, 2017|
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Response from Clare H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Very dog friendly, allowed on the beach as we l.
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Sarah Louise B
July 19, 2017|
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Response from annemarie f | Reviewed this property |
you dont have to pay to get to the cave its on the small coved beach but you will need to pay to get to the castle.
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