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Of all the coastal legends associated with our island, the stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are among the most romantic and enduring.
Arthur’s heroic tales hark back to a golden time he drove out invaders and so established a Kingdom built on fairness and chivalry.
Furthermore, folklore promises that King will return one day to bring back more glorious times. In addition, tales say he sleeps deep in a Welsh cave. Or has been transformed into a Cornish Chough or Raven – and flies with the birds still.
The coast plays an important role in many of the romantic legends immortalised in poems, art and literature throughout the ages. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sir Thomas Malory, John William Waterhouse are just a few famous artists and writers.
The tales are strongest in the Celtic fringes. That’s a great reason to explore two of the most must-see places on the Cornish coast.
The go-to place to start your quest to find King Arthur in Cornwall.
The coming of Arthur as the Boar of Cornwall was predicted by Merlin the Magician.
Arthur was conceived – and some say born – at the imposing fortress at Tintagel. Merlin’s magic allowed King Uther Pendragon to trick and seduce Igerna Queen of Cornwall.
The breath-taking castle sits on Cornwall’s rugged north Atlantic Coast and under the stewardship of English Heritage. Scale the castle if you are brave before exploring Merlin’s cave beneath the headland. Explore a great beach, beautiful village and new visitor exhibition.
Find it on Cornwall’s north Coast.
Legends say that beyond Lands End deep under the sea of Mounts Bay lies the Lost Land of Lyonesse. It’s where Tennyson sets Arthur’s final battles, and since engulfed by a great flood.
Whatever the truth, exploring the far west reaches of the British Isles is an experience not to be missed.
The National Trust-run St Michael’s Mount is one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK. Walk across at low tide or catch a regular ferry boat from Marazion village opposite the island.
Drop into Lands End and its visitor centre, to discover more about King Arthur and the most westerly point in England.
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