Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber
As one of the finest megalithic monuments in Britain – and certainly the largest in Wales – this neolithic burial chamber or dolmen occupies a spectacular site on Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Hills. It's located about three miles south of Newport and ten miles from Cardigan, and boasts a capstone more than 16.5 feet in length and thought to weigh some 16 tonnes, delicately balanced eight feet above ground by three pointed uprights that have supported it for the last 5,000 years. The stones are of the same bluestone that was transported from here and used to construct Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Nearby is Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-4 (last admission 3.30). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
Wales meets the Atlantic Ocean in spectacular fashion at Pembrokeshire. Unlike the West Country, Pembrokeshire can offer the coast without the crowds, and quaint fishing villages without those huge coach parks. Volcanic eruptions and earth movements have left a tortured rocky coastline of some 160 miles, whose beauty and drama have been recognised by National Park status.
Sometimes known as ‘Little England Beyond Wales’, the county has held a fascination for English visitors ever since the first Norman warlords forced their way in 800 years ago, leaving a string of 50 fine castles in their wake. The anonymous author of The Mabinogion, an 11th-century collection of Welsh folk legends, started it all. His description of the old Celtic kingdom of Dyfed (which encompasses Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire) as ‘the land of magic and enchantment’ was perhaps the earliest written attempt to sum up the outstanding natural beauty of this wonderful westernmost outpost of Wales. This is a county where you can take it easy on the sandy beaches, make sport out of those Atlantic waves, or discover the mysteries of St David’s or the ancient Preseli Hills.
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