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On the Trail of King Arthur in Shropshire



 In 1992 Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman (above left) published King Arthur – The True Story which revealed startling new evidence for Arthur’s historical existence.  The book defied tradition by proposing that the legendary king was not only based on an historical figure, but that he came the county of Shropshire in central England rather than the south of the country as previously thought.



The Historical King Arthur


Arthur is said to have lived around AD 500. In legend he is depicted as a medieval-style king in shining amour.  Historically, if he really lived in the late fourth or early fifth century AD he would have been a late-Roman warrior. 


Click on the image on the right to discover the man behind the myth>


As Graham and Martin had discovered a number ancient sites in Shropshire that were linked with the King Arthur story, they were approached by the Shropshire Council and asked to prepare an Arthurian trail to support local tourism. They agreed, and in association with the Shropshire tourist authorities, and supported by English Heritage, they designed the On the Trail of King Arthur in Shropshire leaflet which can be obtained at visitor centers throughout the county.


Left: The leaflet is available through Shropshire Tourism Ltd.



Below are some of the sites on the King Arthur Trail.


 Please click on the images to visit each page.






In the Arthurian romances Camelot was depicted as a splendid medieval castle.  Was it really the Roman city of Viroconium, the ruins of which can still be seen today a few miles to the east of Shrewsbury?


The Sword and Stone


In legend Arthur proved himself king by pulling a sword from a stone when no one else in the kingdom could.  Was this based on an historical event which really took place at an ancient stone circle in the Shropshire hills?


The Legend of Guinevere


King Arthur was said to have been married to the beautiful Guinevere.  After an affair with Lancelot she became a nun and lived out her life in a secluded priory.  Was this a ruin now called the White Ladies priory?




When Arthur lay dying he asked to be buried on the mystical Isle of Avalon – so says the legend.  Where was the historical Arthur laid to rest?   Follow Graham and Martin’s quest to find the real grave of King Arthur.




Everyone knows the story of Excalibur being thrown to the Lady of the Lake.  Discover what the historical Arthur’s sword may really have been like and learn the location of the lake into which it may have been cast.


The Holy Grail


Many stories have been written about the Knights of the Round Table and their search for the Holy Grail.  Was an ancient cup found in northern Shropshire an historical relic that gave rise to these romantic tales?