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Fit for a king. Wizard things to do see and do in Arthur country - Mystery and magic surround the story of Britain’s best and bravest knight, the legendary Arthur.


But while we’re still waiting for the Once and Future King to make his predicted return to the world, interest in Camelot, Merlin and those chivalrous Knights of the Round Table is about to be whipped again with the arrival of a new big-screen version of the famous tale.

Set to reach cinemas in mid May, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was filmed partly in Wales. Directed by Guy Ritchie, it stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, Jude Law as Vortigern and Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon.

The question remains though, was King Arthur a real Excalibur-wielding man, just make-believe, or a bit of both?

You’ll find clues galore in South West Wales, from graves and supernatural caves, to crumbly castles galore.

And there are fun family attractions with an Arthur influence throughout Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Neath & Port Talbot and Swansea Bay, too.

Choose just one region for a day out with a difference, or book a four or five-day break, with a night or two in each - we’ve suggested some accommodation, too.

Did you know...

King Arthur was definitely Welsh, even if Wales didn’t officially exist then. Invading Saxons, who were his enemies, would have called him 'Wealas' - a foreigner - and from this we get the word 'Welsh'.

Similarly, the modern Welsh word for the English is 'Saeson' -  the Saxons.

Arthur’s sword Excalibur is known as Caledfwlch in Wales.

But he had more than one weapon - he also had a dagger named Carnwennan, with which he sliced a Black Witch in half, and a spear named Rhongomyniad. Clarent, a sword of peace meant for knighting, was stolen and then used by Mordred to kill Arthur.

St Non, mother of St David, patron saint of Wales, was the niece of King Arthur.