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Merlin's Cave

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Address: Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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10:00 - 18:00
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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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This place is just mind blowing! Its right on the beach with a beautiful waterfall just to the side of it the views are to die for. Definitely recommend anyone to go there its a... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is just mind blowing! Its right on the beach with a beautiful waterfall just to the side of it the views are to die for. Definitely recommend anyone to go there its a bit of a climb but well worth it..

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Three words - a must see! lovely walk down to the beach area although not great if you have walking difficulties as it is quite steep. You can pick up some lovely unusual rocks as well when the tide goes out.

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Thank 4georgie4
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Overall, it is just a tunnel under part of Tintagel island. It's nice to imagine Merlin there and it's worth going in to say you've done it. The beach is lovely and the fresh-water waterfall into the ocean is beautiful. If you want to go down, it's worth finding out when low tide is, as at high tide, it's inaccessible.

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Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One could imagine the wise wizard conjuring in his seaside cave. The cove has waters of great beauty and the cliff side cable ruins are magical. It was a treat to visit here.

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Thank Kyle S
Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The stairs down can be difficult especially at the bottom as they have recently rebuilt the bottom section due to it being broken away in a storm I would say so have to climb up some rocks to get to the bottom steps which means there will be a line of people waiting to get down/go up with people taking... More 

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is on the beach under Tintagel Castle so you can have a good day out and see both. Really good for adding a bit of reality to the legend.

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Thank Baggie57
Truro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful little cave on a beautiful beach, Right under tintagel castle. Lots to see and do here.

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Thank Cornishkaty
Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a lot of interesting caves along the coast, but obviously this one has the additional charm of being associated with legend. Its a really lovely and unique beach, with the waterfall and the walk through cave. Even more exciting on a day when the waves are high!

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Thank Lecarter88
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cave goes all the way though the headland and makes for a great photo opportunity. Only accessible at low tide. There is also a beautiful waterfall. You don't need to pay if you are just going to this. You only need to buy tickets if going across the bridge and up to the castle. I'll let the photos do... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the benefit of wonderful guides sharing the folklore of Merlin and the significance of this cave. A long walk down to the cave and even longer uphill on the return - be prepared. Well worth it though. We tried to time it to avoid the tide but managed to get wet anyway. It's all part of the experience... More 

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