Scholars continue to debate whether or not King Arthur ever existed. Numerous ancient manuscripts and texts speak of a British leader called Arthur who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons, some time in the late 5th to early 6th century. However, these were all written centuries after the time that Arthur was said to have lived. No proof of Arthur’s existence has ever emerged but his legend lives on. Most people will have heard at least some of the stories associated with King Arthur, as they have been captured in many movies, comics and television series.
It is possible that there was a leader called Arthur who was greatly admired and who achieved successes in battle. Over the years, the stories of his exploits could have been retold and passed down through the generations until they were recorded in writing during the Middle Ages. While the tales could have some basis in fact, they would have been embellished in the retelling. It is impossible to know which elements of Arthurian legend are based on historical events and which are pure fiction. There are historians who believe that every word written about King Arthur is nothing more than fantasy. But there’s something special about those amazing tales and so it is nice to imagine that they might be true! If they are, then much of the action took place in North Wales.
It is worth visiting the locations associated with King Arthur, not least because they are incredibly beautiful. Whether you believe the stories, or not, there is much to enjoy. You can contemplate the fact that you might be following in the footsteps of Arthur, Guinevere and Merlin. Maybe you will discover Merlin’s treasure or even Excalibur.
Below are the wonderful places in North Wales that you should visit to explore the legendary world of King Arthur.