Tintagel is famous for King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
There are lots of historic places to visit around the Bossiney House Hotel that relate to King Arthur on our list below: –
- Tintagel Castle
- Merlin's Cave
- Dozmary Pool
- Slaughter Bridge
- Bossiney Mound
- King Arthur's Great Halls
The Tintagel Castle is considered to be the second most popular attraction in the United Kingdom.
Tintagel Island, where the remains of the 13th century castle stand, is famous as being the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur in the late fifth century.
Legend has it that Arthur was the son of the outstandingly beautiful Igraine who was seduced by King Uther Pendragon through one of Merlin’s spells, transforming Uther’s appearance to appear like Duke Gorlois, Igraine’s husband. Geoffrey of Monmouth writes, “that night she conceived Arthur, who afterwards became famous for his outstanding bravery.”
Merlin’s Cave is a hollowed out area of rock which lies on the beach below the Castle, but can only be accessed at low tide.
It runs right under the island courtyard of Tintagel Castle and legend has it that Merlin can still be heard there!
Merlin was a famous poet, prophet, shape-changing magician and advisor to King Uther Pendragon.
He used his magic to arrange the prophesized conception of King Arthur and later the ‘Sword in the Stone’ test to confirm Arthur as the rightful King of England.
Dozmary Pool is a small lake on Bodmin Moor which is claimed to be the home of the ‘Lady of the Lake’.
This is where in legend King Arthur rowed out to receive the magical sword ‘Excalibur’. Upon his death Bedivere returned the sword here to the depths of the pool.
Jan Tregeagle made a bargain with the Devil for riches and power in his lifetime but on his death was condemned to the bottomless Dozmary Pool, where his tormented soul resides to this day!
This is said to be the location of the final battle of King Arthur, the Battle of Camlann, where he died fighting his arch enemy Mordred.
The Arthur Stone with its Latin inscription lies near this site.
Bossiney Mound is famous for being the legendary burial place of the ‘Round Table’ and some of the Knights of the Round Table. Local mythology has it that the Round Table will rise again on King Arthur’s return.
The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould wrote: “According to Cornish tradition, King Arthur’s golden Round Table lies deep in the earth under this earthen circular mound; only on midsummer night does it rise, and then the flash of light from it for a moment illuminates the sky, after which the golden table sinks again. At the end of the world it will come to the surface again and be carried to Heaven, and the Saints will sit and eat at it …”
In 1584 Sir Francis Drake gave his Parliamentary election speech from the Bossiney Mound.
King Arthur’s Great Halls
Dedicated to the Arthurian legend, King Arthur’s Great Halls house round tables and granite thrones dominated by 72 stained glass windows which depict the Arthurian Knights and their heroic achievements.