Have you ever heard of the legend of King Arthur and his beautiful bride Guinevere? Always wanted to know where King Arthur is rumored to be buried, and learn more about his life in Medieval England? Then the world-famous town of Glastonbury and the ancient town of Cheddar in Somerset are the perfect places for you!
In medieval England, the Legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table were respected and revered all over the land. According to legend, upon his birth, his father King Uther Pendragon was advised by the wise wizard Merlin to hide his birth. Many years later after his father’s death there was a conflict over who should be the next King. Merlin then decided to embed the mythical sword Excalibur into stone and only the rightful King of England could pull it out. Lo and behold many tried and failed, but as soon as Arthur tried it came out easily, proclaiming him King of England. He later lead the defence of England against invading Anglo-Saxon soldiers in the late 5th and 6th centuries AD, and tales of his heroism spread all over the land.
The ancient Glastonbury Tor has deep roots in Celtic mythology and there are many myths and legends about King Arthur and the Glastonbury Tor. Located on a steep hill in ancient times it was home to a monastery. In 1192AD it was claimed the coffins of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere were discovered, but so far it has not been proved inconclusively.
Home to Britain’s second greatest natural wonder at over 3 miles long and 122 feet, Cheddar Gorge truly is a marvel. Experience the clean, fresh air of Somerset, and enjoy the magnificent views of the West Country countryside. Home to the world-famous Cheddar Man found in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge; Cheddar man is Britain’s oldest, complete human skeleton.
The Village of Cheddar
If you love the sharp, tangy taste of Cheddar Cheese then you’re in luck, the Village of Cheddar in Somerset is the original place where Cheddar Cheese was invented. Nowadays Cheddar Cheese is mass produced and available everywhere, but to get a taste of the real, authentic Cheddar then head on down to Cheddar Gorge’s only artisan cheese shop, the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co Shop, located at the foot of Cheddar Gorge.