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Malory Towers – Is there really a boarding school on the Cornwall coast?

March 24, 2008 – Amy says: Hello. My name is Amy and I am nine. I read Malory Towers and I think it is great. I cried and cried at the end. At the thought that I have finished them and what would I read next. My question is there really a boarding school at the Cornwall coast called Malory Towers? I wish I could go to a boarding school like that. See you. PS- Is there a film called Malory Towers?
April 5, 2008 – Elin says: Hi. My name is Elin and I am 11. I read Malory Towers and I really think it's wonderful! I was quite sad after reading the last book. My question is is there really a boarding school at Cornwall coast called Malory Towers? I would love to go to a boarding school like Malory Towers! Oh, is there a film of the school also?
April 7, 2008 – Tuba says: I am eight years. I too have read the full series. I do not know if there is a boarding school in Cornwall but I am sure even if there is it will surely not be like MT. By the way would your mothers allow? I also suggest you to read the St Clare's series. You will surely like it a lot. THANKS.
January 4, 2009 – Amy Knight says: There isn't a real boarding school booo. There isn't a film either but I hope they make one I'll be auditioning for the main part!
June 15, 2009 – TiggerishJen says: I know Malory Towers is supposed to be in Cornwall, but does anyone know if the nearest town or village was mentioned by name? Failing that, is there any suggestion of which part of Cornwall it was in? I'm trying to get Malory Towers listed as a school I 'attended' on livejournal. Com, and my first request seems to have been rejected as I could only put a county for the location. Other fictional schools are listed on LJ, including Hogwarts and Sunnydale High from Buffy, so I think it's a gross oversight that MT isn't listed! I appreciate your help!
June 17, 2009 – Fiona B says: How on earth did they get Hogwarts on LJ if you need a REAL location? Plus Sunnydale isn't a real place either. Good luck on getting MT though, who knows you may start a trend and have other people follow suit!
June 17, 2009 – Alicia says: Fiona, actually Hogwarts is in Aberdeen - it's given somewhere in the Philosopher's Stone. And Sunnydale High is set somewhere in Calafornia. I do wish LJ would list MT.
June 18, 2009 – Fiona B says: Yes, Sunnydale is set in Southern California, but the town of Sunnydale is fictional. The nearest in name is Sunnyvale, but Sunnydale is actually supposed to be around the area Santa Barbara occupies in real life. Plus Hogwarts must be invisible, I've been to Aberdeen and I couldn't see a great big castle school! ; ).
June 18, 2009 – Laura says: Jen - I don't have the books on hand to check, but I have a feeling that MT was mentioned as being on the North Cornish coast. You could probably check an atlas and find a suitable north Cornish town, and put it as the location.
June 18, 2009 – Alicia says: Fiona, Hogwarts is some old dilapidated construction site to us poor unsuspecting muggles :D I wonder where St. Clare's is located though. As far as I can remember, EB hasn't mentioned a town or any specific location as to where St. Clare's is set in. Or maybe I'm just really forgetful.
June 23, 2009 – Amy Knight says: Maybe, Enid didn't want us to know its whereabouts?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Or maybe it was just a work of fiction! ;-)
March 24, 2012 – Trisha says: Hello. I'm Trisha and a very die hard fan of Malory towers. I really wonder if Malory towers really exits. I typed 'Malory towers' on Google but just the book's information came. Do you think it exits. I hope it does!!!
Bets says... Bets says: It is generally believed that Malory Towers was based on Lulworth Castle - the building, that is. MT, as a school, doesn't exist.
May 6, 2012 – Noopur says: I wish there was really a school called Malory Towers or St Clare's. I am now 11 and want to go to a boarding school next yr. Im a die hard fan of Enid Blyton. It seems they have soooooooooooo much fun there,playing the tricks on mam zelle and having midnight feasts. Dont u think so too?
November 8, 2012 – Grace says: If Malory towers was a film I would make a simply wizard Mary Lou, we are so similar! I would love to be Darrel or Sally though : P.
June 24, 2013 – Nikki says: Does the school really exist? , if it does I would love to attend someday.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Malory Towers is a fictional school. However, many think the illustrations and the school description could be based on Lulworth Castle, Dorset. Google it and see what you think.
June 26, 2013 – Jeni says: I googled it, Fatty. What a beautiful property! They do give tours, I'd love to visit the UK and see that building in person! From the photos, I don't see any similarities to Malory Towers. However, I'm sure the online photos don't do justice to the actual property and there probably ARE similarities to Malory Towers not obvious in the photos online.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Jeni - it is identical to the illustration in the book! Check this post on the Society forums.
July 30, 2013 – Izi says: I had a look and it does pay a resemblance to Lulworth castle!
August 17, 2013 – Amy says: Hi my name is Amy and I would like to know if there is a school similar to Malory Towers somewhere in England because I am finishing Primary in two years and I am searching for a college or comp or boarding school to go to. Can you help me?
August 18, 2013 – Amy says: I saw it too! Yes, it looks JUST like Lulworth Castle!!!!!
October 1, 2013 – Sophie says: Hi! I am 12 and I love the Malory Towers books but I also love St Clare's too! I have all the Malory Towers and all the St Clare's! If you wish to buy them go to
Fatty says... Fatty says: Other booksellers are available.
November 19, 2013 – Isobel says: Hi. I'm Isobel and am nearly 13! My mum read the Malory Towers books when she was about my age and when I was about 10 I was given the books. At first I didn't like them but tried again when I was 11 and loved them! I had to go back the first once I reached the fifth! I couldn't bare them to end! I have to Pamela Cox ones too, about Felicity! When I'm tidying up or doing something in my room, I'll listen to the tapes, over and over! They're great! I don't know what I'd do without them!
Fatty says... Fatty says: Have you tried the St Clare's series, Isobel? You'll love them too!
December 13, 2013 – Jishi says: Hi. My name is Jishi, I have read the Malory Towers series so many times and I never get bored of it. Though I do wonder if there is any other types of boarding school books. I have also read the St Clare's series. Can anyone help me?
Bets says... Bets says: Try reading 'The Naughtiest Girl' and the 'Chalet School' books by Elinor Brent-Dyer.
December 15, 2013 – Sally says: Malory towers is based on the school St Leonard's in St Andrews. Enid Blyton got the idea from there! Oh and Hogwarts was filmed in the north of England! Hope that answers questions!
Fatty says... Fatty says: There has been supposition of this, but as MT was set in Cornwall, I rather doubt it. As for Harry Potter, this was filmed all over Britain, including Durham and Gloucester Cathedrals, Lacock and Harrow-on-the-Hill.
December 17, 2013 – Julie@owlsdene says: I'd like to know where Sally has got such information from. Because as mentioned MT was set in Cornwall!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I wonder where any of this speculation starts. The trouble is, today's speculation becomes tomorrow's fact.
February 1, 2014 – Hanen says: Hi I'm 10 years old and I am a huge Malory Towers fan! Is there a film of Malory Towers if there isn't I hope they make one.
Fatty says... Fatty says: To my knowledge there is no film. Personally, I don't see the craving for films. Much better to read the book.
April 29, 2014 – Yvette says: There is a girls' school in Torquay, Devon called Stoodley Knowle which always reminded me of Malory Towers because of its cliff top setting. It used to be a boarding school but is now a day school. However I've no idea if Enid Blyton ever visited Torquay.
May 29, 2014 – Sarah Drego says: Hi! I am Sarah and I am 11. I am from India and I badly want to come to England and see what Enid wrote. Is there a school called Malory Towers? I don't think there is cause I checked on internet. I hope somebody thinks of building a school like that in India so I can join it. If it is in England it will have French and I don't know even a word. If any principal is wondering how to manage a school and what rules to lay, I suggest that they follow MT.
Fatty says... Fatty says: There is no such school in real life, although the illustration of the school looks exactly like Lulworth Castle in Dorset!
August 12, 2014 – Malory Towers says: I have read the Malory Towers books from Darrell's first day to Felicity's last day twice! I simply love the books and I really wish I could go to Malory Towers, although I'm not fond of sports but I still want to go and have a friend of my own like Susan or Sally, I'm not very rich but I will do anything if I can go to a school like Malory Towers.
Fatty says... Fatty says: If you join the Enid Blyton Society, you can read the excellent follow-on 'Felicity at Malory Towers' books by Lisa Newton.
March 24, 2015 – Felicity15 says: Hi. I've read this book from Darell's first to last term. It's is wonderful. I am also mad about Malory and want to know if there's any sequel. Can anyone get me the name of the sequel if there's one?
Buster says... Buster says: There are six sequels that are available to buy, Felicity, and they're by Pamela Cox.
November 2, 2015 – ambaloola says: Hi! I've read all these books inside out and back to front, I absolutely LOVE them!! I wish there was a school like that or a film.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Just enjoy the books. A film wouldn't be half as good!
November 3, 2015 – Janet says: I watched the St. Clare's cartoon, it was good but they only took some of the important stuff and put it in random eposides. The charaters where excactly how I imagined but the books are better.
Buster says... Buster says: The books are always better!
April 11, 2016 – Angel says: Hi I am Angel I am 11 I have read all the Malory Towers seris I really hope that there was a school called Malory Towers my mum is getting me the rest of the Naughtiest girl series and the St Clare's I LOVE THE BOOKS. Right know I am reading 5th year.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Some things are best left in the imagination, Angel. Incidentally, Alnwick Castle is one of the locations used as Hogwarts. This is where the broom-flying lesson was held.
December 29, 2016 – Sophia says: Hi everyone! I love this series, and only found out today that there is an English version called Malory Towers! I'm part German and have read the full 18 books in German (in German it is called 'Dolly', as that is the main character's name). I do wish there was a film, to see how I imagine the school to be in reality. Sophia.
February 1, 2017 – Zoe says: I love the Malory Towers books, I wish there was school like it! Shame there isn't what fun to have a school like Malory Towers for real! I'm so going to start up a school like that on a cliff in Cornwall, and if I can't I will set up a school like St Clares.
Buster says... Buster says: I hope you can get planning permission for it! Woof.
November 3, 2017 – Samridhi says: A great fan of Enid Blyton and her books, check out the link- [link removed] It proved jolly useful for me, and maybe for you too.
Fatty says... Fatty says: These are illegal downloads. The site says that these books are in the public domain. Books are not in the public domain until 70 years after the author's death. In Enid's case, this won't be until 2038. The website owners should know this. Illegal downloading is theft. Please ensure that you post in the correct thread, as this has nothing to do with the location of Malory Towers.
December 29, 2017 – Lucy says: I love this book.

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