St Lythans Burial Chamber

St Lythans Burial Chamber

St Lythans Burial Chamber

Known locally as gwal-y-filiast – kennel of the greyhound bitch - this single stone chamber is all that remains of a once much larger burial monument. The name may come from a variant of the Arthurian legend of Culhwch and Olwen, which appears in two fourteenth-century Welsh texts, but the site itself is very much older dating from the Neolithic period, some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.

St Lythans is a type of monument known as a chambered long cairn and was originally covered by an earthen mound, probably similar to that found at its close neighbour, Tinkinswood. Although the stone chamber is conspicuous as you approach it from the road, the remains of the cairn – or mound – are barely discernible. It seems to have been about 24 metres (80 feet) long and 11 metres (35 feet) wide with the chamber occupying the eastern end. The chamber now consists of three upright stones with a capstone weighing up to 35 tonnes. How long it was used and who was buried here are questions that remain unanswered but finds of human remains and pottery recovered from the site some time before 1875 were recorded by the antiquarian, J. W. Lukis.

Current times and prices

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

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Facilities and information

No smoking
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Assistance dogs only
  • No smoking
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Car Road 11/2m (2.4km) S of St Nicholas, off A48, 6m (9.7km) SW of Cardiff

Rail Rail Waungron Park 41/2m (7.2km)

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50