Barclodiad y GawresAberffraw, Anglesey
Barclodiad y Gawres, Aberffraw, Anglesey, North Wales
Barclodiad y Gawres is a Neolithic burial chamber located in the most breathtaking coastal location on the island of Anglesey. It’s a great example of a mound from this period and is well worth a visit if you’re interested in British prehistory.
Situated on the Anglesey Coastal Path between Aberffraw and Rhosneigr, Barclodiad y Gawres is the perfect place to stop off for a rest and to soak up some culture whilst you’re out and about in the great outdoors of North Wales.
Barclodiad y Gawres translates as ‘apronful of the giantess’ - a title which adds to the myths and mystique surrounding this Neolithic cross-shaped burial chamber. It’s incredible to think that it’s survived for 5,000 years in this same spot - this is around the same time that the Egyptians were building the pyramids. Whilst it’s definitely not on the same scale, the builders had to move massive stones to this elevated landscape which would be a daunting challenge even with today’s technology!
The chamber itself is one of the most well-preserved that still survives from this period in the whole of the United Kingdom, which makes it pretty special indeed. Whilst the grassy mound with its ancient stone entrance are lovely things to behold in their own right, it’s inside that you really feel as if you’re taking a step back in time. It’s an atmospheric space where you’ll find walls decorated with carvings; zigzags, chevrons and lozenges can all be made out and it’s fascinating to see the handiwork of another person from so long ago.
Excavations at Barclodiad y Gawres have thrown up some exceptional finds, including the cremated remains of two men and the evidence of what’s referred to as ‘witch's stew’ which included eel, frog and other small animals - yum! If you love British and Celtic prehistory then this impressive burial mound is certainly worth a visit. You can find this historic site on the west coast of Anglesey, between the popular seaside villages of Rhosneigr and Aberffraw. If you’re walking along the Anglesey Coastal Path, do consider stopping here to breathe in the sea air, observe the beautiful vista and take a while to connect with Britain’s ancient past.
The burial chamber can be viewed externally throughout the year daily: 10am and 4pm
(except 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January).
The interior of the burial chamber can be visited by appointment every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between 12pm and 4pm from 1st April until 31st October. Visitors should call in to the nearby Wayside Stores in Llanfaelog (01407 810153), one mile north of the chamber, and they will be accompanied to the chamber by a member of staff.
Phone number: 01248 713177
There is no designated picnic spot but you'll be able to find a spot for a picnic blanket.
Free parking at Cable Bay, a short walk from the site itself situated on the headland.
Access along the path from the car park to the monument is uneven (prone to soil erosion). The car park is at Cable Bay approx 500 metres walk along the Anglesey Coastal Path. No dedicated disabled parking available.
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