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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Barras nose to Merlins Cave.

We visited Tintagel and following a brief stop at the Old Post Office decided to head off for a bit... read more

Reviewed today
cherry-6om6
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East Midlands, United Kingdom
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After the long walk down the hill we were told that we could not get down to the cave as the steps... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Duncan G
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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 good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tide coming” (7 reviews)
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Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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"the cliff"
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"castle ruins"
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Reviewed today

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 cherry-6om6
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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

Thank Duncan G
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Upon seeing King Arthur's statue on tintagel castle, we came across Merlins cave, but couldn't make it down to the cave as the gate was locked, and the tide approaching. however fantastic views around this area.

Thank Bran H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The caves are a must see for any visitors. As you look at the beach Merlins cave is on your left. To the right of the beach there are 2 more caves. These ones are really worth effort to get to. Beware of the incoming...More

Thank LordBrasic
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Long walk from the village of Tintagel to the cave which is managed by English Heritage. When we visited the tide was on it's way in but still felt the magic of King Arthur's kingdom. Grandchildren absolutely love the place.

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

The walk from Camelot Castle hotel to Merlin's Cave was itself invigorating but we found our way to the Cave barred by a gate. We could see the beach so decided to climb over the gate and down the steps to explore a bit. The...More

2  Thank Letitia O
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Stayed in port Issac with my partner for a romantic break child free and discovered this gem of a place on our return to London ! we have already booked a return trip to Cornwall with the children to experience this beautiful place.

Thank daisybyrne
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

Merlin's cave is one of the wonders of nature, carved out of the rock of course by the action of the sea but walking through to the sea the other side does conjure ou magical feelings.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Worth the walk down to the beach and a look in the cave. Good place for a rest for the walk back up. Nice pub at the top of the hill with a beer garden with lovely views

Thank Rod H
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

This was an amazing sight - well worth the walk down to the beach. You don't have to pay to visit the castle in order to visit the beach. Spoke to canoeists/kayakists who said people could canoe /kayak through the cave. Tide coming in but...More

2  Thank ZellyRestorick
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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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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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