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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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merlin magic

it is a lovely walk down from Tintagel Castle ... the views are out of this world ... you must go... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Daryl B
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Brisbane, Australia
A mystically beautiful place.

This is a cave that has a special atmosphere to it for sure. Be it that Merlin the sorcerer indeed... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Marjon V
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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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

it is a lovely walk down from Tintagel Castle ... the views are out of this world ... you must go during low tide to see the cave ... bit smelly but lovely atmosphere

1  Thank Daryl B
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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.

1  Thank Marjon V
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

1  Thank Debbie R
Reviewed 12 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank FiShep
Reviewed 8 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank dee_whittle
Reviewed 22 January 2017 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...More

1  Thank badmintontim
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...More

3  Thank streakey
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.

1  Thank Emilia K
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...More

Thank Shawn F
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...More

3  Thank FREDBENTON
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Sarah Louise B
19 July 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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AngryCustomer2017
13 April 2017|
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Response from 1964mh | Reviewed this property |
It's a decent size for a cave and well worth the visit. Best to go in off season
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V8YOB
17 August 2016|
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Response from Ian B | Reviewed this property |
Because there are people who genuinely believe that the myth created by writers of the Romantic age and perpetuated by the Victorians for commercial purposes is true and that the wizard Merlin actually lived in the cave... More
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