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Merlin's Cave

Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Cool cave, but still just a cave

It's worth a visit down to this cave if you're already visiting Tintagel, but I wouldn't... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Los Angeles, California

True or not, Merlin's Cave is interesting, nevertheless...you can wonder who actually used this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Larry M
Pattaya, Thailand
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Tintagel Head, Tintagel, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's worth a visit down to this cave if you're already visiting Tintagel, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it. The hike down to the beach is rather steep, but not unmanageable. It's cold and windy, so you won't spend much...More

Thank EmBentley
Reviewed 1 week ago

True or not, Merlin's Cave is interesting, nevertheless...you can wonder who actually used this edifice in past times.

Thank Larry M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Climbing down the steps down quite steep onto uneven rocks at the bottom not for the faint hearted. When you get to the cave fabulous for photos and at low tise you can walk though.

Thank Lorraine L
Reviewed 1 week ago

When the tide is out, do go down to the beach and have a look not only Merlin's Cave, but also the others on the other side of the cove - pretty amazing rock formations and to see how the sea has worked it way...More

Thank Duncan E
Reviewed 1 week ago

A natural cave in the cliff over looked by the castle above, early morning mist is expelled from the mouth given rise to the story of Merlin brewing potions inside..

Thank Jenna A
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fairly average cave located alongside a small beach and a pretty waterfall. You can only access it buy paying to visit Tintagel Castle. By all means come to see this if you have time but do not prioritise it over the rest...More

1  Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That caves are a great place to enter before 4 o'clock. After that the sea and the water from the cave will reunite and you will no longer be able to enter the cave. Is a fun place.

Thank Dramercedesg
Reviewed 1 week ago

we were lucky that the tide was out, can only be visited at low tide. beautiful cave next too small waterfall and beach.

Thank HuntFamily21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cave is impressive and worth waiting for low tide to see. Make the effort if you can. Our son loved it.

Thank Ryan E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The energy was amazing in the caves. I dowsed with rods and they went berserk the energy vortex was so strong

Thank Devatara F
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how big is merlin's cave.
13 April 2017|
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
Why were people lighting candles and hugging the cave walls
18 August 2016|
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
Michael M
I would assume as most places are dog friendly
25 June 2016|
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Response from Ian B | Reviewed this property |
yes it is