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Geoffrey of Monmouth

Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Legend of King Arthur

If you enjoy the tales of King Arthur, Camelot, Merlin, Guinevere and much of the legendary Arthurian Story, then you have Geoffrey of Monmouth to thank. His 12th Century History of the Kings of Britain created the powerful legend we know today, and set writers weaving new versions of the legend right across Europe as well as introducing us to other characters such as Shakespeare's King Lear and Cymbeline.

Geoffrey of Monmouth (as he styled himself) was perhaps the greatest medieval storyteller and a Monmouthshire legend in every sense. Find out more about him at Monmouth's Shire Hall, discover the town of his birth and head off on our 'Geoffrey of Monmouth' Trail.

Shire Hall

Discover more about Geoffrey of Monmouth at Shire Hall.


Discover Geoffrey's town, also the birthplace of Henry V!

Head to the Old Station, Tintern, to see Geoffrey of Monmouth amongst other Monmouthshire heroes in the Circle of Legends (and maybe grab some cake!).

Then take in the 'Geoffrey of Monmouth' Trail around Monmouth. It's 1.75 miles (2.75 kms) long and is suitable for push chairs, wheelchairs and electric scooters. Allow at least 2 hours to complete the route. You'll find the link below.

The Circle of Legends

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