Tales of King Arthur have captured the imaginations of children and adults alike for centuries – and whether you believe him to be fiction or fact, the whole family is sure to enjoy visiting sites across that UK that are connected with his legend. Here’s a selection that are in easy reach of Landal parks for day trips during your stay…
Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

30-minute drive from Landal Bude Coastal Resort
1 hour 15-minute drive from Landal Leycroft Valley
1 hour 30-minute drive from Landal Gwel an Mor
1 hour 40-minute drive from Landal Clowance

Said to be the place where Arthur was conceived, Tintagel Castle (pictured above) sits atop a promontory of Cornwall’s rugged coastline. Although the castle itself dates to the 13th century – much later than the time King Arthur could have existed – excavations of the site have uncovered the foundations of a Dark Age village. In addition to exploring the castle remains, be sure to say hello to the magnificent statue of the great man himself; visit the exhibition to discover the history and legends of Tintagel; and climb down to the beach when the tide is low to see Merlin’s Cave, through which the wizard is said to have carried baby Arthur to safety.

Bosherston Lily Ponds, Pembrokeshire

45-minute drive from Landal Dylan Coastal Resort

Full disclosure, the ponds at Bosherston weren’t actually created until the 18th century – but they’ve nonetheless come to be linked with Arthurian legend. The Lady of the Lake is reputed to have presented King Arthur with his sword, Excalibur, from these waters. As part of a National Nature Reserve, the wildlife-rich ponds are a beautiful spot to visit all year round, but especially in June and July when the water lilies flower. There’s an easy walk of a mile or so, with opportunities to extend your explorations to Broadhaven beach and the Mere Pool Valley.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

1 hour 50-minute drive from Landal Woodland Lakes

Alnwick Castle has been suggested as the original site of Sir Lancelot’s fortress, Joyous Garde (along with nearby Bamburgh). The seat of the Percy family since 1309, the majestic building you see today was originally a Norman-style motte and bailey castle, which was extended, improved and renovated several times between the 14th and 19th centuries. You might know it best as Hogwarts from the first two Harry Potter films! Visit for tours, talks and trails that will introduce you to the castle’s rich history, and to try your hand at archery or broomstick training.

Lud’s Church, Staffordshire

2 hour 25-minute drive from Landal Rockingham Forest
2 hour 25-minute drive from Landal Laceby Manor Resort & Spa
2 hour 30-minute drive from Landal Woodland Lakes

2 hour 40-minute drive from Landal Whitbarrow

The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight originated as a late 14th-century poem (author unknown) and tells of a huge green man, carrying an axe and a sprig of holly, who rode a green horse into King Arthur’s court during a Christmas feast and invited a worthy opponent to take part in a game. That person would be invited to strike him with the axe, on condition that the Green Knight be allowed to return the blow in a year and a day’s time at a place called the ‘Green Chapel’. Could it have been Lud’s Church – the mysterious, mossy chasm in the Peak District National Park?

Winchester Great Hall, Hampshire

20-minute drive from Landal Marwell

A contender for the original location of Camelot, Winchester has another claim to fame when it comes to King Arthur. Mounted on the wall of the city’s magnificent Great Hall, once part of Winchester Castle, hangs perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Arthurian legend: the Round Table. Ok, so it’s not the original, but it’s still a fascinating historical artefact. Constructed from English oak, the table is believed to have been made towards the end of the 13th century. Measuring 5.5 metres in diameter and weighing in at 1.2 tonnes, it features artwork that was added later, during the reign of Henry VIII.

Alderley Edge, Cheshire

2-hour drive from Landal Woodland Lakes
2 hour 10-minute drive from Landal Whitbarrow

In several places in the UK, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are said to be laying in slumber, ready to rise again when the country is in greatest need. The red sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, which overlooks the Cheshire Plain, is one such location. Here, you can follow the Merlin-inspired Wizard’s Wander trail to discover the nearby Devil’s Grave cave and 18th-century Druids’ Stone Circle folly.

Arthur’s Seat, Lothian

1 hour 30-minute drive from Landal Piperdam

A famous Edinburgh landmark, Arthur’s Seat is a hill that towers over Holyrood Palace to a height of 251 metres above sea level. Because of its name, it’s been suggested as the original site of King Arthur’s legendary castle, Camelot. But it’s also interesting to note that Edinburgh Castle has historically been referred to as Castellum Puellarum (‘Maidens Castle’), which could link the city with the Castle of Maidens that features in several of the Arthurian tales.

Castlesteads, Cumbria

40-minute drive from Landal Whitbarrow
45-minute drive from Landal North Lakes

At Castlesteads in Cumbria there was once a small Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall called Camboglanna. Could this have been Camlann, the site of King Arthur’s famous last battle, which brought an untimely end to his rule? Why not tackle some of the Hadrian’s Wall Path to soak up the atmosphere and history of the area, and visit the remains of nearby Birdoswald Roman Fort (pictured).

Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

2 hour 15-minute drive from Landal Marwell Resort

After this last, fateful battle, King Arthur is said to have been carried on a barge to the Isle of Avalon to be healed of his wounds. Since at least the 12th century – when monks at Glastonbury Abbey claimed to have uncovered the grave of King Arthur and his queen, Guinevere, in their grounds – Glastonbury has been inextricably linked with Avalon. A centre for spirituality, myth and history, visit the town to see the abbey grave site and to climb up the iconic Glastonbury Tor to view Avalon in all her glory! On a clear day, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales.

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