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Review of Merlin's Cave

Merlin's Cave
Ranked #8 of 19 things to do in Tintagel
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 August 2013

You can't go up and over without finishing off by going down and under! A trip to Tintagel is not complete unless you've gone through the cave to the other side!

1  Thank Nigelwallace-iles
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Hot and sweaty after climbing all those steps? Then end your visit with a dip in Tintagel Haven, the sheltered bay at the base of the island where Tintagel Castle is found. My wife and I jumped right in in our bathing costumes, while two of our lads elected to don their wet suits. Neither were we the only people to enjoy the relatively calm waters. It was wild swimming at its best.

After a refreshing dip, we entered Merlin's Cave, thankfully accessible at low tide, and wound our way through to the far end where it opens out into a fantastic splash pool. Comfortable in our swimming gear, we crouched down in the shallow water. As breakers from the far cove crashed into Merlin's Cave, the rocks sheltered us from the force of the water while still managing to cover us in white foam. A magical and exhilarating experience.

And did I mention that it's free?

1  Thank Gregory K
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Not part of English Heritage but don't let that put you off. This is the type of cavern that anyone would agree inspires a mystical story or 2. Go early before the tide comes in to be able to go through as far as you can to the other side.

Thank viviko
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We have visited Tintagel several times before but this was our first time to Merlin's Cave. We had walked from Trebarwith Strand (lovely coastal walk).....I think I was more excited than our two young sons! It just felt magical and it was well worth the visit.

2  Thank Jo J
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Lovely location - naturally pretty but the area a little spoilt by the commercial success of Tintagel and King Arthur

Thank Julie G
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