Castles and Museums

Key facts

  • Tintagel Castle, reputed King Arthur bithplace
  • Launceston Castle, built around 1100

A cloak of magic, myth and history hangs over North Cornwall. Tintagel Castle is the reputed birthplace of King Arthur, and believed by some scholars to be the actual Camelot. His famous Round Table is allegedly buried at Bossiney Castle. Castles and forts dot the landscape, such as medieval Launceston Castle and Restormel, first built around 1100.

Maritime and mining museums offer glimpses of traditional Cornish life. The North Cornwall Museum & Gallery in Camelford is a good start.

The small Padstow Museum seeks to capture the spirit of the ancient seaport. More grisly exhibits are on view at the Witchcraft Museum at Boscastle, while weapons, uniforms and military memorabilia are the highlight of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Museum at Bodmin.

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