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Magical Merlin returns to Tintagel Castle

The carved face of Merlin on the beach at Tintagel Castle. Photo: English Heritage

Visitors to Tintagel Castle - the legendary birthplace of King Arthur - can enjoy a new addition to the landscape.

A local craftsman has carved the sleeping face of Merlin onto the rocks of the nearby beach. It guards the entrance to Merlin's Cave, through which the wizard is said to have carried the infant Arthur away from the castle to safety.

Carved discreetly into the rock-face outside the cave, Merlin’s profile can now be seen emerging from the stone. Credit: English Heritage

Carved discreetly into the rock-face outside the cave, Merlin’s profile can now be seen emerging from the stone.

The carving is part of a new project designed to bring the legends and history of Tintagel to life.

Merlin’s reappearance at Tintagel is the work of experienced local craftsman Peter Graham. Peter spent three months carefully crafting the image onto the stone, and the task wasn't without it's challenges.

Usually you would choose the perfect stone from a quarry, but here I have worked into the rock of Tintagel’s landscape. Merlin has emerged organically out of that rock, to see him now is really rather satisfying.

– Peter Graham

The new artwork is the first part of a project by English Heritage to reimagine the history of the site. New sculptures and installations have been commissioned and will appear on the Cornwall castle site throughout late Spring.