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Merlin's Cove

Merlin's Cove beach, Cornwall

A tiny beach of grey sand and pebbles nestling below Tintagel Castle, Merlin's Cove is really part of the larger Tintagel Haven beach.

There is a small cave here reputed to be the birthplace of Merlin! The area above the beach is, like the rest of the coast around here, prone to erosion and access to the beach cannot always be guaranteed.

On level ground behind the cove is the Tintagel Castle Visitor Centre and The Beach Café. The café has seating indoors and out and serves Cornish cream teas, crab sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, and proper Cornish Pasties as well as locally caught fish and chips and home-made stews.

The nearest car park is in Tintagel village about 600 metres away up a quite steep path. There is a fine Visitor Information Centre here with a wide range of books and leaflets on Tintagel and surrounding area and this should be one of the first places on your itinerary if visiting this part of North Cornwall.

Apart from the obvious attraction of the Castle, Tintagel offers much to interest the visitor including the King Arthur's Great Hall and the excellent King Arthur Bookshop; St. Materiana's Church; The Old Post Office and Rocky Valley.

There are good walks northeast along the coast over Barras Nose to Willapark, Bossiney and eventually Boscastle; or southwest passing Dunderhole Point, the Youth Hostel and Penhallic Point to Hole Beach and Trebarwith Strand.


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OS Explorer Map 111: Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel

OS Explorer Map 111: Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Boscastle, Camelford, Wadebridge and Crackington Haven.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:




arrowSt Columb Major



Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:



	arrowPort Isaac



Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Wadebridge, Padstow, Bodmin Moor and Bude.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowTintagel Castle

	arrowTintagel Old Post Office


	arrowBoscastle Witchcraft Museum


	arrowDelabole Slate Quarry

	arrowBig Dunk's Laser Tag Games


	arrowThe Arthurian Centre




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