Sites and Locations of Arthurian Legend

 
 


Fairy Queen

Location: Melrose (Borders) - Eildon Hills
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy queen kidnapped the Scottish hero Thomas the Rhymer in this area, returning him from the fairy kingdom in the same place seven (or three) years later. Thomas is reported to still live under the hills, preparing for the day his country needs him once more. The latter part of the same tale is also said about King Arthur.


 
 


Giant's Grave

Location: Merbach Hill (Hereford & Worcester) - Arthur's Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This large stone on Merbach Hill is said to be the final resting place of a giant slain by the king.


 
 


Petrified Quoits

Location: Moretonhampstead (Devon) - Hel Tor and Blackingstone hills
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: According to legend, King Arthur stood on Hel Tor, the Devil on Blackingstone, and a game of quoits ensued. They threw discs at each other until Arthur finally won - the Devil, disgusted with the outcome, turned the last two quoits into stone.


 
 


The Wizard's Stone

Location: Mousehole (Cornwall) - Merlyn's Rock
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This rock is named after Merlin the Wizard, who also predicted that the town of Mousehole would be burnt to the ground (it was, by the Spanish in the late sixteenth century).


 
 


Spring

Location: Oswestry (Shropshire) - King Oswald's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This spring was created when the severed arm of King Oswald of Northumberland hit the ground, dropped by an eagle who had taken it from a battlefield. The nearby hillfort was once thought to have belonged to Guinevere's father, though this is now discounted.


 
 


Kelliwic

Location: Padstow (Cornwall) - Hillfort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This fort was once King Arthur's Kelliwic. Probably.


 
 


Excalibur

Location: Pembroke (Dyfed) - Bosherton Pools
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These lakes are one of the contenders for the location where King Arthur was given his magical sword.


 
 


Sleeping Arthur

Location: Pont Nedd Fechan (Mid Glamorgan) - Craig-y-Ddinas, cave system
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This location is another contender for the place where King Arthur and his knights lay sleeping.


 
 


Ringing Bells

Location: Poole (Dorset) - Harbour waters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, but said to occur at night
Further Comments: Eight bells were lost, as were the entire crew, when a storm sunk the ship carrying them. The bells are still said to peal at night, together with the wails of the drowned sailors. The harbour is also named as one of many places where Arthur threw Excalibur.


 
 


Holy Grail

Location: Pridmouth (Cornwall) - Castle Dore
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: According to Arthurian legend, the Grail was once housed at this hillfort.


 
 


Camlann

Location: Queen Camel (Somerset) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Queen Camel is another named contender where Arthur's final battle occurred.


 
 


Giant Arthur

Location: Reynoldston (South Glamorgan) - Arthur's Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Walking stone legend said to occur 01 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: One story associated with this Neolithic tomb has King Arthur finding a stone in his boot. The king picked the pebble out and threw it to one side, thus placing the stone where it now stands. Another legend says the stone walks down to the sea once a year for a quick drink. Finally, another story says the stone was split by a miller who was after a millstone - unable to lift it, the split stone has remained laying there since.


 
 


King Arthur

Location: Richmond (Yorkshire) - Richmond Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Under the keep of the castle, deep underground, is a secret room where King Arthur rests until Britain needs him. A young drummer who was sent down a tunnel to find the hideout vanished without trace, though his phantom drumming can still be heard underground.


 
 


Stone Worker

Location: Roslin (Lothian) - Rosslyn Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Stone worker unknown, fairy in 2006
Further Comments: This stone worker was so skilful that his master killed him in a jealous rage. Now the spirit of the worker looks longingly at his own handiwork, the Apprentice Pillar. More recently actors rehearsing at the chapel reported seeing a fairy-like figure in the grounds. As a side note, at least one contemporary author believes that the Ark of the Covenant could rest here, while others believe the holy grounds are the hiding place of the Holy Grail. Sometimes the chapel is reported to glow, as if on fire.


 
 


Arthur's Court

Location: Seer Green (Buckinghamshire) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The village is reputed to have taken its name from when the court of King Arthur visited the area.


 
 


Sleeping Knights

Location: Sewingshield (Northumberland) - Castle ruins
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Early 1800s
Further Comments: Legend says the site of King Arthur's hall; a farmer once claimed to have discovered the location, deep underground, accessible only by a secret passage that he'd accidentally stumbled upon. He found a cavern full of sleeping knights, dogs and two royal looking figures - but ran away and couldn't remember where the passage was.


 
 


Uther Pendragon

Location: Shap (Cumbria) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A large man on horseback seen galloping around on winter nights is said to be Uther Pendragon, though his motivation for being here is unclear.


 
 


Giant

Location: Snowdon (Gwynedd) - Mountain Summit
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The summit of Mount Snowdon is rumoured to be the burial place of a giant banished by King Arthur.


 
 


King Arthur Sleeping

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - Llyn Llydaw
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shepherd claimed to have found King Arthur and his knights asleep in a secret cave here - the Welshman ran away when he accidentally brushed against a bell, and those asleep began to wake.


 
 


Little People

Location: South Barrule (Isle of Man) - South Barrule hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The south facing side of the hill are said to be where the vast majority of the island's fairies and pixies live. It is also said that a giant sleeps under the hill, cursed by Merlin.


 
 


Arthur's Grave?

Location: St David's (Dyfed) - Coetan Arthur - barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: This circular barrow is another contender for the final resting place of King Arthur.


 
 


Ringing Rock

Location: St Govan's Head (Dyfed) - Rocks around St Govan's Chapel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the church bell was stolen and dropped into the sea, it was recovered by supernatural means and concealed within solid rock. When the rock is tapped, the ringing of the bell can be heard. Some have speculated St Govan was in fact Sir Gawain, who became a hermit after Arthur's death.


 
 


The Round Table?

Location: Stirling (Stirling) - The King's Knot
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A non-invasive survey of this earthworks revealed a circular structure beneath the ground which predates the visible earth, lending credence to the legend that King Arthur gathered his knights on the site.


 
 


Mysterious Stones

Location: Stonehenge (Wiltshire) - Stone Circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Many strange properties and stories have been assigned to the most famous stone circle in the world, including rumours that it was built by Merlin the Wizard (or the Devil), and that it is impossible to count the true number of stones.


 
 


Excalibur

Location: Studland (Dorset) - Little Sea
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This body of water has been named as one of the places that Arthur may have disposed of his legendary sword.


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