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Visitor Notice

This monument is open and free to visit with no pre-booking required.

Check our opening times and facilities below; please act responsibly and be respectful of the local area during your visit.

Please adhere to Welsh Government social distancing guidelines and coronavirus restrictions at all times and do not attempt to access enclosed spaces.

This monument is part of Cadw’s Open Doors festival on 18 & 19 September 2021. 

Tickets must be reserved in advance for this event — visit our Open Doors event pages to find out more and book tickets.

Health & Safety

Please be aware that due to coastal erosion, the area around the monument needs extra care when using the lower coastal path. The path leading to the monument is currently safe and unaffected. Cadw are closely monitoring the site and if you have any concerns please check our latest advice and research on climate change and Cadw’s historic environment team’s latest publication – Historic Environment and Climate Change in Wales – Sector Adaptation Plan.

Please contact us to raise any concerns you may have about the monument — email: cadw@gov.wales

Overview

An atmospheric tomb with rare examples of prehistoric art

Barclodiad y Gawres (‘The Giantess’s Apronful’ in English) gives a revealing – and surprising – glimpse into the lives of our ancient ancestors. Perched in a spectacular cliffside location, the 90ft/27m earthen mound is a modern reconstruction, but beneath lies a 23ft/7m passageway leading to a cross-shaped chamber that houses the tomb’s most exciting treasures.

Among a series of stones are five etched with intricate patterns of zig-zags and spirals, which hint at the site’s significance for Anglesey’s early inhabitants. While similar carvings have been found at Neolithic (New Stone Age) sites in Ireland, the only other tomb in the UK with examples of such megalithic art is a few miles away at Bryn Celli Ddu.


Opening times

The burial chamber can be viewed externally throughout the year 10am–4pm


Prices

Category Price
Admission
Free

Facilities

No drones icon No smoking icon

Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

Smoking is not permitted.


Directions

Road
Just off A4080, 2m (3.2km) NW of Aberffraw.
Rail
Tŷ Croes 2m (3.2km)

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.