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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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In an idyllic location

A lovely cave, if you need to get out of the sun then here there is plenty of cool shade! Be aware of high and low tides as this may cause difficulty accessing or leaving the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 August 2016
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Turin, Italy
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Turin, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

A lovely cave, if you need to get out of the sun then here there is plenty of cool shade! Be aware of high and low tides as this may cause difficulty accessing or leaving the site, there is a beautiful bay/beach at one side and a rocky shore on the other into the atlantic ocean, if you are feeling... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

this was a very beautifull little beach and cave right below tintagel castle with a nice little waterfall

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Wrexham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

If you like a good fun adventure go inside the cave! Climb through a stunning cavern that leads to a beautiful secluded cove. There also is another inlet to a cavern once you're through yo the other side, it is narrow and you do need to climb over a few rocks but this leads you into a passageway going inside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We timed out visit just right at the correct time of day to see gorgeous light reflections cast out through the cave. Access is a little difficult as it requires descending some steps which are eroded at the bottom. The views and photos are well worth the trouble. A ton of people are attracted to this cave and you might... More 

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Thank Benjamin B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this as part of a visit to Tintagel Castle. It is reached via a semi-steep hill down from Tintagel town. There is a National Trust complex (toilets, cafe, gift shop, exhibition) at the bottom. From here you can walk up the coastal path for some spectacular views, up to the castle (charges apply) or down to a small... More 

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Ashford, Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

It's not an enormous cave, but well worth seeing - especially when the tide is at its lowest and you can walk right through to the cove at the other end. The new carving of Merlin at the entrance has been criticized, but it is really quite unobtrusive. We actually had to hunt for it.

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Thank Jo B
Carlisle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

If Merlin was so clever... Not accessable at high tide but is a beautiful cave on the small beach, go explore!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Visiting Merlin's Cave can only be done at low tide, which currently is about 11am. This cave leads off from the Haven bay at the base of Tintagel Castle and passes right through the rock to the other side. At the widest point, the cave or tunnel has a sandy base but as it grows narrower from its heart, to... More 

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Hampshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We had a good look in this litttle lagoon & loved the cave experience, good access down to the beach and the Land Rover ride down was so helpful for someone like me with a dodgy leg.

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Thank Deborah K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

A large sea cave that passes through to the other side of a massive rocky out crop. It's meant to have something to do with Merlin but no idea what as that's made up lol

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