King Arthur's

Cornwall

Discover Arthurian sites and stories through the dramatic North Cornwall landscape.

Find out just how much fascinating history lies behind the fantastic legends.

Written by The Arthurian Centre.

Day

One:

Geoffrey of Monmouth told us about 885 years ago that Arthur was conceived in Tintagel Castle and was probably born there.

Therefore, it makes sense to start at the beginning of the story!

Park in one of the many car parks in the town and head for the Castle to the west ( run by English Heritage). Explore this fascinating headland stronghold and learn of its history dating at least back to the early medieval ‘dark ages’ when Arthur was said to live.

The castle is also a central part of the Tristan and Iseult ( Isolde) story so feel free to soak up the romance of this dramatic site!

Tintagel

Day

One Continued:

Next visit King Arthur’s Halls in Tintagel High Street ( private ownership). The 72 stained glass windows by Veronica Whall depict the Arthurian stories and you get a feel for medieval feasting in the great hall, complete with throne and Round Table!

Now head out of Tintagel for the next points of interest.

After campaigns to keep the expanding Saxon Kingdoms in the east of Britain, Geoffrey of Monmouth tells us that the story ends in civil war. Arthur’s son, Mordred, raises an army against him and makes a final stand in Cornwall.

Now to Slaughterbridge. This site about 5 miles from Tintagel, is the traditional site of Camlann, Arthur’s last battle. A 1500 year old, high status memorial stone marks the spot. Visit The Vale of Avalon/ Arthurian Centre to find out more. (private, family owned and run).

tintagel

Day

Two:

Today head for Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor ( Near the iconic Jamaica Inn!). This is the traditional body of water associated with The Lady of the Lake and Excalibur. Arthur was given Excalibur by The Lady after he was crowned king. The sword was returned to the Lady after the catastrophic last battle of Camlann. Sit and take in the atmosphere here, high on the Moor – the last chapter of an enduring legend.

Lastly it is worth visiting the ‘Tristan’ stone on the roadside leading into Fowey.  The memorial stone is another tantalising piece of this enduring and fascinating story!

bodmin moor

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