Experience King Arthur's Round Table in Cumbria

Penrith, Cumbria

If you've been inspired by Guy Richie's latest blockbuster King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, visit the very site that is thought to be King Arthur's jousting arena.

Despite its name, this ancient and mysterious monument has been dated to the late Neolithic period, between about 2000 and 1000 BC. It consists of a low circular platform surrounded by a wide ditch and earthen bank, a layout characteristic of prehistoric henges.

There were originally two entrances to the central area – one on the south east, which still exists, and another to the North West; the latter was destroyed, along with part of the bank and ditch, when the road was constructed.

The site was excavated in 1937, when evidence for two standing stones at one entrance was found.

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