Saints Journeys: Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber

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Seven of the original stones of this iconic burial chamber are still standing in their original position. They are from the portal and main chamber of the tomb, which originally was almost 120 feet long. The capstone is 16-1/2 feet long, is 8 feet off the ground, and weighs 16 tons. It dates to around 3500 BC and is unusually oriented north-south.

Pentre Ifan is located in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, just east of the town of Newport in Wales. It is located at NGR SN09983698 . The burial chamber sits on the slopes of a ridge offering commanding views of the Nevern Valley. The Preseli Hills are the source of many of the stones at Stonehenge.

From the ferry port at Fishguard, head east on the A487 past the village of Newport. Look for road sign (Siambr Gladdu-Burial Chamber) for the Pentre Ifan turnoff. The 11 mile (17.7 km) journey should take around 20 or so minutes. If you are coming from the town of Haverfordwest to the south, take the B4329. Before the village of Brynberian, a road sign points out the access road to Pentre Ifan. From Haverfordwest, the journey is 18.3 miles and takes approximately 32 minutes.

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Visitors Information

Visitors information on Pentre Ifan may be found at the CADW website. General tourist information for the area may be found on the Visit Pembrokeshire website.


Please check local road conditions for possible changes prior to venturing forth on this journey. A helpful resource for changes and possible trip interruptions if you are travelling in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland is the AA-UK Route Planner. Another map source that this website uses and that may be useful to you on your journeys is Streetmap UK.

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