Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword film adaptation hit theaters recently across the world following its premier in the UK last May 19, 2017.
The film starred Charlie Hunnam of Vikings fame as a cocky iteration of the once and future king of Britain, and was filmed on location across Britain in places such as the Forest of Dean, Windsor Castle and Snowdonia.
With a myth as prolific, old and celebrated as King Arthur’s, there are many places across the country mentioned in the story, where visitors, both local and foreign can visit for a day out like the legend.
In celebration of the myth, and riding off the hype of the film, the British travel site, Visit Britain has recently created and released a new design of Illustrated Maps, detailing the many locations the film filmed at, and their actual ties to the Arthurian myth, promoting both the film and British tourism at the same time. The illustrated map features at least 18 filming locations across Scotland, North England and Wales.
For those interested in Illustrated Maps, or looking to get a taste of Arthurian sights, here are a few of the locations pointed out in the new map.
- Isle of Skye
- The adventurous Scottish isles featured in the film, known for the mystical and surreal Faerie Glen, as well as the towering Quiraing rock formations that reach out into the clouds.
- Caledonian Forest, Highlands
- The Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands is said to be the battlegrounds for one of King Arthur’s legendary Twelve Battles. The aforementioned forest was, according to the myth, was ensorcelled into an army of mobile plant life. Regardless of the veracity of the claims, the forest of heather and braeberry trees are a notable tourist destination.
- Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria
- Built by the Roman emperor Hadrian/Adrian, full name PubliusAeliusHadrianus, in 122 AD after his visit to the country, this wall once ran the whole width of Britannia. On the 12th Roman fort along the wall, the Castlesteads, AKA Camboglanna, was said to be the location for King Arthur’s greatest battle victory.
- Legend has it that Carmarthen is the home town of the wizard Merlin, great advisor and ally to King Arthur. An old oak tree once stood here, which is part of Merlin’s legend, it is said that: ‘When Merlin’s Oak shall tumble down, then shall fall Carmarthen Town’. In 1978, when the tree’s last pieces were taken to the town museum for safekeeping, the town was ravaged by one of the worst floods in its history.