Lligwy Burial Chamber

Lligwy Burial Chamber

Lligwy Burial Chamber

Lligwy burial chamber has a low, squat appearance, dominated by its massive capstone, which is estimated to weigh some 25 tons.

Lligwy burial chamber is around 5,000 years old and dates to the Neolithic period or New Stone Age. It consists of eight low uprights supporting a massive capstone, some 5.5 meters by 4.6 meters. This great capstone is about 1.5 meters above the bottom of a natural fissure in the limestone rock, and the supporting uprights sit on the rock at the edge of the fissure or on rough stone walling.

The way the capstone, which weighs some 25 tons sits so low over a pit gives the tomb a very unusual, squat appearance.

Excavations at this tomb in 1908 revealed the bones of between 15 and 30 individuals — men, women and children. Animal bones and shells were also found, together with flint implements, a bone pin and pottery.

The form of decoration of the pottery indicate that the chamber was in use during the Neolithic and early Bronze Age periods.

Opening times

Dates
1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Times
Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

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Admission costs

Adult - Am ddim/Free
Family - Am ddim/Free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

Facilities and information

No smoking
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Assistance dogs only
  • No smoking
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Directions

Car Road 3/4m (1.2km) N of Llanallgo, off A5025