Myths and legends
Hidden treasure, heroic knights and horrid ghouls
England’s favourite stories are the stuff of legend. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, Camelot and Merlin, Dick Turpin, St George the dragon slayer, and many more. Were they real? Did the stories really happen? Were there such things as dragons? Some yes, some no, and some we’re not so sure about. There are plenty of mysteries still left unsolved, so dive in and learn more...
1. Sutton Hoo
in Suffolk is home to a Saxon king, whose gold treasure was kept from the Nazi spies in a plot that Indiana Jones would be proud of. Learn more and solve the mystery of who the king really was.
2. Petrifying Pluckley
in Kent holds two distinctions: it was the setting for the TV show The Darling Buds of May, and it’s the official holder of ‘most haunted village in England’ title.
3. Send yourself to the Tower
See the world-famous ‘Crown Jewels’, try on a genuine suit of armour and learn about the legendary (and ominous) black ravens at The
Tower of London
4. Ghost hunting
Original Ghost Walk of York
and pass Clifford’s Tower, where Roger de Clifford was hanged in 1322 and left to rot there for a year and a day. Eurgh.
5. The good thief
Love Robin Hood? Then the
Trail in Nottinghamshire (yes, it’s a real place), is the place to head.
6. Castle wars
Storm England’s ultimate fort:
and watch a real Trebuchet (giant catapult) hurl flaming missiles.
7. Spooky stones
is world famous, but it’s not the only henge in England. Head to Long Meg and Her Daughters near Penrith in the Lake District
, legend has it you’ll never count the same number of stones twice.
8. Mysterious knights
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are a well known bunch, but no-one knows where their legendary home of Camelot lay. Was it Bamburgh Castle
in Northumberland? Cadbury Castle in Somerset ? Or
in Cornwall? You decide.
9. The Battle of 1066
William the Conquerer invaded England in 1066 and poor King Harold got an arrow in the eye. Visit the exact place (handily called Battle in East Sussex) and learn more at www.battle1066.com
10. Dick Turpin
Turpin was the world’s most infamous highwayman, who was caught, tried and executed at York Castle in 1739.