The best Arthurian sites in Britain

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There are many legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the roundtable, who are possibly the best known figures of English mythology. While the stories of King Arthur have been shrouded in magic and mystery, some people think that the legends are based on real, historical figures. Either way, Arthurian sites abound in the UK, and while some of them are associated with myths, others are believed to be the historical sites where the real King Arthur has lived or fought in his lifetime. Needless to say, these sites are mostly great tourist attractions, where you can learn a bit more about Britain’s fascinating myths and stories, so here are some of the best Arthurian sites in Britain.

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

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The medieval Tintagel Castle on Tintagel Peninsula, Cornwall, is believed to be one of the possible sites of Camelot, the legendary castle and court of King Arthur, where the famous round table was located. Tintagel was built in the 13th century by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, but archaeologists identified some earlier structures at the site. Tintagel has been associated with Arthur since the Middle Ages, and today it is an important attractions for both Arthurian enthusiasts, and people who like castle ruins.

Island of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

The Island of Arran is considered to be one of the potential locations of Avalon, the magical island where King Arthur’s sword, the Excalibur, was forged and the home of the enchantress Morgan le fay, Arthur’s enemy. The Island is has lots of prehistoric and historic remains, as well as some amazing natural sights.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

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One of the best Athurian sites in Britain is associated not with the king himself, but with one of his knights, Lancelot. Alnwick Castle is possibly the castle of Lancelot, according to medieval writer Sir Thomas Malory. The castle was built after the Norman conquest and although today is the residence of the Duke of Northumberland, the castle is open to the public throughout the summer season.

Carmarthen, Wales

The town of Carmarthen is supposedly the site where the wizard Merlin was born. According to legends, the wizard was born in a cave just outside the town, and there are several attractions that bear relation to Merlin’s name. You can visit Merlin’s stone, a standing stone where Merlin buried his treasure, and other Arthurian-themed sights.

Cadbury Castle, Somerset

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Although Cadbury Castle is a hill fort dating back to the Iron Age, it has strong Arthurian associations. According to some medieval sources, the hill fort is the site of Camelot, Arthur’s castle. Not much remains of the hill fort, except for the outline of fortifications and building, but it is a wonderful place for a hike or a walk.

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