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Merlin's Cave

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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
Foodies W
via mobile
A hearty hike with a wonderful cave.

We hiked down to the cave after visiting the castle and were so glad we exerted the extra energy... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
San Jose, California
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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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 September 2016

There is no evidence that this is really Merlin's cave but it is well worth a visit. It is not part of the official English Heritage site, so you can explore the cave and beach whenever you like. According to local legend, the cave was...More

30  Thank Sandygranny
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 June 2015

The whole King Arthur, Merlin thing is based on a work of fiction. It is palyed on inTintagel to charge a rather high price for a very ordanary castle. A pile of delapidated ruins with very little inforamtion. A rip off charge to get down...More

4  Thank 382albert
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Reviewed 2 days 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

Thank Laura E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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.

1  Thank Foodies W
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.

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

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.

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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 .

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

1  Thank Laura D
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

Thank carpmanharley
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Visited as part of Tintagel castle. Very mystical and magical, you can walk through the cave, climbing over a few rocks. There are some steep steps and rocks to climb over to get down to the cave but don't let this put you off.

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Ren M
4 October 2018|
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Response from Laura D | 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
18 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