King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

View from Tryfan looking down at Llyn Bochlwyd and Llyn Idwal

2017’s blockbuster movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was largely filmed in Snowdonia, in particular some of the land we look after in Nant Gwynant and Capel Curig.

In April and May 2015, Hollywood’s elite; Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana and many more arrived along the shores of Llyn Gwynant and besides one of Snowdonia’s most imposing peaks; Tryfan.

There’s no wonder why Guy Richie chose Snowdonia as one of the main locations to film King Arthur, not only is Snowdonia known for its ancient landscape but is also linked to the legend of King Arthur. According to Arthurian experts, Snowdonia is where Arthur battled the Saxons.

The film follows the legend of Arthur as he grows up and fights for his kingdom (with a few additional twists). Robbed of his birthright, Arthur struggles to survive on the city streets. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy.

Can you spot Snowdonia?

If you’re planning a trip to the cinema, keep an eye out for some of our locations in Snowdonia. Don’t be fooled by digitally altered scenes, if you look close enough you’ll be able to recognise some of Snowdonia’s beautiful scenery.

Indeed, Snowdonia takes centre stage in the film from the first few seconds as Mordred’s army marches on Camelot. Camelot has been superimposed on Tryfan, which is quite fitting as Tryfan’s peaky ridges fit this medieval town perfectly. There are several scenes throughout the film that cut back to this location, keep an eye out for Tryfan’s jagged outline and the shadow of Pen yr Ole Wen.

In order to get these shots, the cast and crew set-up camp at one of our tenanted farms, Gwern Gof Isaf in April 2015. This traditional hill-farm and campsite is nestled between Capel Curig and Llyn Ogwen, a stone’s throw away from the peak of Tryfan.

Another key scene to keep an eye out for is Arthur’s encounter with the Lady of the Lake, which was set to the stunning backdrop of Llynnau Mymbyr. Easily one of the most photographed locations in Snowdonia.  The National Trust manages the land on the right, known as Dyffryn Mymbyr where we’ve recently been busy planting trees and the southern flank of Snowdon in the distance.

The view from Capel Curig across Llynnau Mymbyr and Snowdon Horseshoe
The view from Capel Curig across Llynnau Mymbyr and Snowdon Horseshoe
The view from Capel Curig across Llynnau Mymbyr and Snowdon Horseshoe

The crew also filmed at Nant Gwynant.  There’s a moment in the film when Vortigern (portrayed by Jude Law) introduces 'the true king' to his people, as thousands of people appear on the shores of Llyn Gwynant.

We’re sure you’ll recognise other locations around Snowdonia too, such as Vivian Quarry in Llanberis (not National Trust) which plays host to one of the film’s most dramatic moments when Arthur dives from a cliff into a lake 80 feet below.

Follow in the footsteps of legends