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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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We visited Tintagel Castle today with kids age 3 and 5. The weather was drizzly and damp but we... read more

Reviewed today
amyrumball
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London, United Kingdom
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Interesting Cave

We visited while going to the castle, it is accessible from the beach and steps which lead to the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Amy P
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Hook, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tide coming” (7 reviews)
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Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited Tintagel Castle today with kids age 3 and 5. The weather was drizzly and damp but we decided to go down to Merlin's Cave. There are quite a few steps down to the beach- a mixture of stone, wood and metal. They are...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited while going to the castle, it is accessible from the beach and steps which lead to the castle. We were fortunate to be there at low tide so decided to have a look. Worth a visit if you are there.

Thank Amy P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

You had a strange feeling when being around the cave and tried to imagine old Merlin in the cave doing spells etc. It was hard not to try and go back in time to imagine how it would have been here.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Brooding and haunting cave, only accessible while the tide goes out. The enormous rock ledges and crevasses highlight the sheer scale of the site. Beautiful.

Thank Deborah P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can be seen either from the “castle” or from the coast path from Bossiney. Large cave that the waves. Always crash into. Must have a look !

Thank Maxim123153
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been visiting the cave for years. It's always worth to check the times with low tide before you go there.

Thank fropet
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the cave during storm season and we were lucky- we could enter it. Second time we visited Tintagel castle, and the steps to the beach were closed as they were destroyed by waves. Should be refurbished soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only accessible from the sea but can be viewed from Barras Nose and Tintagel. If able to access there are tidal conditions to take into consideration.

Thank VivendaLuiza
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Tintagel and following a brief stop at the Old Post Office decided to head off for a bit of an explore. Tintagel Castle is a English Heritage property and as NT members we decided to give it a miss. I don't think we...More

Thank Claire P
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

After the long walk down the hill we were told that we could not get down to the cave as the steps to beach had been damaged by bad weather. No signs mentioning anywhere before going down any nothing on the website

1  Thank Duncan G
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Jennifer F
27 May 2018|
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Response from Rod H | Reviewed this property |
They do a Landrover taxi to the bottom of the hill but you will still need to go down some steps to the beach
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0014600
14 August 2017|
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Response from Clare H | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Very dog friendly, allowed on the beach as we l.
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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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