South Cadbury Castle, South Cadbury

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Cadbury Castle, formerly known as Camalet, is a Bronze and Iron Age hillfort in the civil parish of South Cadbury in the English county of Somerset. It is a scheduled monument and has been associated with King Arthur's legendary court at "Camelot".The hillfort is formed by a plateau surrounded by ramparts on the surrounding slopes of the limestone Cadbury Hill. The site has been excavated in the late 19th and early 20th century by James Bennett and Harold St George Gray. More recent examination of the site was conducted in the 1960s by Leslie Alcock and since 1992 by the South Cadbury Environs Project. These have revealed artifacts from human occupation and use from the Neolithic through the Bronze and Iron Ages. The site was reused by the Roman forces and again from c.‚ÄČ470 until some time after 580. In the 11th century, it temporarily housed a Saxon mint. Evidence of various buildings at the site has been unearthed, including a "Great Hall", round and rectangular house foundations, metalworking, and a possible sequence of small rectangular temples or shrines.
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  • I so wanted to visit this place for all the reasons that other reviewers have given. I can confirm that it is a fantastic location, marvellous views, steeped in history and a wonder to behold. That is...  more »
  • My husband visited here 43 years ago and as we were in the area he wanted to revisit. Unless you knew it was there you'd miss it. There are no signs until you get into the village. It's quite a walk u...  more »
  • Great views. Nicely underdeveloped. Moderately rugged and muddy walk in winter. Small car park in the village along with a quality pub to boot.  more »
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  • Cadbury Castle is a hilltop with more associations than most. Centuries of occupation, terrific banks and ditches, a large area on top and in clear weather, wide-ranging views. However, be aware before you visit; tourist facilities are pretty much confined to a free car park and an information board. The path up to the top, though not too long, is steep and after wet weather, muddy; the path round the top edge is also muddy and slippy after rain. There are no loos and there is no cafe, though the pub near the start of the track is there if you need refreshments or a comfort break. If that's not put you off and you fancy a walk round what might once have been Camelot, then it's worth a visit for an hour or so. So four stars from me; I've knocked one off because of the lack of facilities that might widen its general appeal but if that doesn't trouble you, I'll put that star back on for the full five.
  • Limited parking and walk up is muddy in winter. A beautiful spot great for dogs
  • Loved it. Go on a clear day if you can, you can see all the way to Glastonbury.
  • I have been up over here many times, it is a beautiful and tranquil place with extensive views over the surrounding countryside. Parking is limited .
  • This place has a palpable sense of history, you can almost feel the fighting and feasting that took place here.
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