Follow in the footsteps of King Arthur to discover legendary locations in south England and Wales.
Arrive into London Heathrow and pick up your hire car. Drive to Winchester to check in to your first hotel. After you have checked in, visit the Great Hall in Winchester which contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle. Take a walk around the town, voted the best place to live in Britain, and you may also choose to visit its stunning cathedral.
Depart Winchester and drive to Somerset to see Cadbury Castle, a Bronze and Iron Age hillfort, which is the best known of the reputed sites of Camelot. Park the car to take a walk up onto the top of the hill before continuing to Glastonbury, which claims to be the Isle of Avalon from the Arthurian legends. Avalon is the legendary island where Excalibur was forged and where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann. Visit Glastonbury Abbey, said to be King Arthur’s final resting place, and explore Glastonbury Tor, a hill closely associated with the Avalon legend. Continue to your hotel in Exeter, in Devon.
Overnight: Exeter area
Discover the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel in north Cornwall today. Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit nearby Merlin’s Cave. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. Give yourself enough time to explore the exhibition, walk down onto the beach, as well as climb to the top of the headland to see the ruins of the castle. On your way back to Exeter, why not drive through Dartmoor National Park to enjoy the rugged scenery and maybe stop in one of the villages for some Devon cream tea.
Overnight: Exeter area
Depart Exeter and cross the border into Wales to visit Caerleon. For centuries the site of the Roman amphitheatre in Caerleon was known as “King Arthur’s Round Table”, and is reputed to be the location of Camelot. The first references to Camelot mention “the City of Legions”, and Caerleon was indeed a Roman army fortress. While in Caerleon, explore some of the other Roman remains at the National Roman Legion Museum. Continue to your next overnight stay, in south Wales.
Overnight: Cardiff / Newport area, South Wales
Depart your hotel in Wales and follow the winding road through the scenic Wye Valley to the Forest of Dean, one of the filming locations for the “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” movie (2017). Take a walk through the atmospheric “Seven Sisters Wood”, before continuing your drive to Windsor. Explore the town that the Queen calls her home, and especially Windsor Great Park which is another filming location from the new King Arthur film.
Overnight: Windsor area
Return your car at London Heathrow, before catching your flight back home again.