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Merlin's Cave

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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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Absolutely lovely place to visit unfortunately we could not go on the beach and in merlins cave I think there was a problem with 1 of the cliffs as there was abseilers working on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Empingham, United Kingdom
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Empingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely lovely place to visit unfortunately we could not go on the beach and in merlins cave I think there was a problem with 1 of the cliffs as there was abseilers working on 1 of them and all the rocks were falling on the beach. but never mind we will go back and have another go

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst visiting Tintagel Castle, be sure to wait the short time for the tide going out far enough to check out Merlin's Cave. It is full of atmosphere and evokes the spirit of the King Arthur legend perfectly with it's crashing waves and dark depths.

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Billingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

great place to visit children liked clambering on the rocks you have to be careful of the tide coming in if on the rock that is in the centre of the beach

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

OMG We've been huge King Arthur, Knights of the Round Table, Merlin fans for years. Visiting Merlin's Cave was so magical and inspirational. The light coming thru the other end of the cave was incredible. I got goose bumps. We were fortunate to visit at low tide and spent time on the beach, and in the cave.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Went to Merlins Cave today on the recommendation of the proprietor of a hotel it's a very long walk down a steep Hill and also a lot of steps down to the sandy beach it's a very good experience you can walk right through the cave from one side to the other there is also a waterfall cascading down the... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a great place to look inside. Its below Tintagel Castle, It is around 100 metres long, passing completely through Tintagel Island from Tinagel Haven on the east to West Cove on the west Be warned - The lower portion of the steps down to the cave have been washed away, and it is necessary to climb down some... More 

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Trondheim
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The Beach was lovely, and it was cool standing inside the caves. I think kids would love it :) should have been more information about Merlin there though...

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This is not English Heritage and a ticket is not needed for this. Challenging access down ladders of steps and difficult access on wet and slippy rocks, But worthwhile- and I would say a memorable experience of sea, cave, sand, and waterfall.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We didn't arrive on time when the tide was low so we didn't get to go inside the cave, but I was still excited to visit nonetheless.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Even if you don't believe in the legend of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table or Merlin it is still worth a visit to this cove and headlands just for the views alone. We started at the other side by the hotel, and after getting to the caves from the cliff tops we were too tired to see... More 

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