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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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A mystically beautiful place.

This is a cave that has a special atmosphere to it for sure. Be it that Merlin the sorcerer indeed once practiced his magic here or because it's such a Captivatingly beautiful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Marjon V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a cave that has a special atmosphere to it for sure. Be it that Merlin the sorcerer indeed once practiced his magic here or because it's such a Captivatingly beautiful site.

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Thank Marjon V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an amazing place to see, we timed it right with the tide, steps are a bit tricky but manageable.

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Thank Debbie R
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can get onto the beach and explore the cave - although keep an eye on the tide! The folklore makes it great for families. Equally the geology is great for rock geeks. For those who simply enjoy stunning views and seascapes, irrespective of the weather, come here.

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Thank FiShep
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic scenery, feels like your part of history when visiting here. Tide was in so unable to walk through the cave but you can check tide times & plan in advance. Able to take steps right to the bottom but be careful the tide doesn't catch you & you end up soggy!

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Thank dee_whittle
Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful special place that one should just stand and contemplate in amazement The place has an 'air' about it that one just cannot explain There is quite a walk down towards the cave but we were dismayed that the NT/EH decided to block off the access stairs to the cave staring that they were doing work there... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We could not access it this visit as the national trust had blocked it off, so annoying. Been many times before and its a strange place to visit. If you go on a misty day its sooooo eerie. I cannot explain it but its quite mystical.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Never been inside a real cave before so it was exciting, worth a visit just before the tide is on its lowest, not too many people when there's still waves coming in and the sound is amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

When visiting Tintagel Castle, if the tide is cooperative & you are confident that you can approach this mysterious cave without slipping & smashing your skull, then by all means do so. As if the waves crashing against the shoreline weren't an impressive enough thing to witness, here is the once reputed home of King Arthur's wizard mentor, Merlin. Make... More 

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Empingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

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 29 October 2016

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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