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Merlin's Cave

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Lovely afternoon spent here

Free to visit. Can explore the cave (wet inside) can go all the way through to other side... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Magical Merlin

Fantastic place to visit, absolutely stunning this October. Full of magical mystery & stunning... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Melksham, United Kingdom
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“tide coming”(7 reviews)
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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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Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free to visit. Can explore the cave (wet inside) can go all the way through to other side. Fansanting history. Lovely view of Castle. Free walking paths near by. Toilets not a far walk up at ticket office for castle.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank devonstar12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The cave is reached by a steep lane down from Tintagel village. You pass the castle entrance and carry on a few metres to the cove which has a small sandy beach. The cave is down about 14 wooden steps and at high tide is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Laura E
Reviewed 18 October 2018

If Merlin's Cave had been accessible, I certainly would have given it full points, as it was a much wished for highlight, but apparently English Heritage has passed over accessibility rights to a construction company currently preparing for a new bridge. If the castle had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank linnie l
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Fantastic place to visit, absolutely stunning this October. Full of magical mystery & stunning scenery. Watched a helicopter conveying stone onto the Island. Work in progress.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank foodieswilts
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We hiked down to the cave after visiting the castle and were so glad we exerted the extra energy. The beach and cave were all beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank daneenhfo
Reviewed 3 October 2018

It is amazing to think that such a small stretch of sand can be so popular. Looking into Merlin's cave, or just sitting on the rock and looking out to sea - what an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately it does not cater for people who are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Wayne M
Reviewed 28 September 2018

This is worth the visit. You can walk down during low tide and enjoy the cave and the beach then go to the castle.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank doglover20162016
Reviewed 27 September 2018

The cave is only accessible at low tide via some steps . You can walk right though if you have wellies on. As rock pools in cave. Beach nice An sandy . But an average cave really .

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 54karen2016
Reviewed 27 September 2018

A magical place.. you can actually see daylight at the far end - but did not venture through as we weren't certain just how much time we had left!! Please check the tide schedule.. you can get down and into the cave at least 90...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank lad0206
Reviewed 22 September 2018

It's like so many things in life - your choice, your experience your memory. For me I can visit places like this and feel the mystery and magic. If you're a born sceptic and not fond of walking .... I guess you won't miss much...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Ren M
4 October 2018|
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Response from lad0206 | Reviewed this property |
When we visited in September we were able to get to the cave even though they refunded our entry fee when they closed the castle due to high winds. I believe you can get to the cave without paying.. but I'd email the website... More
19 July 2018|
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Response from Maxim123153 | Reviewed this property |
There are a couple of ways to access it without paying - enjoy your visit !
Jennifer F
27 May 2018|
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