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Merlin's Cave, Tintagel

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Merlin's Cave is a cave located beneath Tintagel Castle, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south-west of Boscastle, Cornwall, England. It is 100 metres (330 ft) long, passing completely through Tintagel Island from Tintagel Haven on the east to West Cove on the west. It is a sea cave formed by marine erosion along a thrust plane between slate and volcanic rocks. The cave fills with water at high tide, but has a sandy floor and is explorable at low tide.
Tennyson made Merlin's Cave famous in his Idylls of the King, describing waves bringing the infant Arthur to the shore and Merlin carrying him to safety.
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  • First it's a bit of a difficult hike so those with mobility issues should perhaps not try it. Next, the caves fill up at least part way when the tide is in so go as it approaches low to allow maximum....  more »
  • What a place to visit, it just oozes myth and history all in one. We went on a beautiful sunny September day so it was my magical to me. It's a long way down and back up to the castle but it was well....  more »
  • Beautiful beach and cafe area near Tintagel. Was lucky to have a lovely day to explore the caves as cove. See if you can find Merlin’s face amongst the rocks when you’re there!
  • Extremely beautiful. Could you imagine if there were no tourists?
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