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King Arthur's Stone at the Arthurian Centre

The Legend of Arthur

The Arthurian Centre is just one of the many places that you can discover along a new historic trail. 'King Arthur's Cornwall' links to the centre and Tintagel castle, along with other sites in Camelford, Bodmin Moor and Fowey. Find out more.

The Arthurian Centre pays tribute to the Cornish legend that is King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table.

The centre is located at Slaughterbridge near the medieval market town of Camelford (considered by some to be the site of Camelot) in north Cornwall.

Slaughterbridge

Slaughterbridge is a must for Arthur fans

It is set in 20 acres surrounding 'King Arthur's Stone'. Both the inscribed stone and battle are dated by the earliest stories to AD540.

Visitors can walk through the fields where King Arthur and Mordred were believed to have met for their last battle.

The 'King Arthur Stone' at Slaughter Bridge was first recorded by Carew in 1602 but had lain on the river bank for a thousand years before that.

It is a sixth century memorial stone which coincides in time with Arthur's final battle,  referred to as the battle of Camlann.

King Arthur's countryside

Walking through King Arthur's country

The stone carries a Latin inscription and rare Ogam, an ancient Celtic script. It indicates the presence of Southern Irish people in North Cornwall at this time.

The Exhibition Room at the centre has been developed over more than 20 years by  Ian Forrester Roberts. Its beginning was inspired by the colourful array of knightly shields decorating the Queen's Robing Room in the Palace of Westminster.

The collection of display panels, photographs, illustrations, texts and specially commissioned paintings embrace 1500 years of Cornish legend.

King Arthur's Cornwall

In 1136AD a Welsh cleric named Geoffrey of Monmouth sat at his desk in Oxford and became the first of many to write down the fireside stories of King Arthur. What is interesting about his 'history' and the related story of Tristan and Isolde (Iseult), is that he placed most of the important events and sites in north Cornwall.

St Nectan's Glen

Arthur's Knights were blessed here

The stories may have been retold to different audiences for centuries, but the original sites can still be found in Cornwall today.

The King Arthur's Cornwall Discovery Trail links the local Arthurian sites together. It encourages enthusiasts to visit the dramatic headland of Tintagel Castle, King Arthur's Great Halls, St Nectan's Glen, The Arthurian Centre and many more.

Click on the link below to visit the Arthurian Centre, see the Discovery trail online and to download the trail map: 

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