History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The excavations showed that the burial chamber was set within a shallow pit, and covered by a mound of stone and turf stretching more than 100 feet long. The main entrance was flanked by a pair of upright stones, which may have been added at a later date. Rows of pits were found under the mound, suggesting that the pits were in existence before the burial mound was built, so Pentre Ifan may have already been a sacred site before the burial mound was erected here.
No signs of burials were found, which is very curious. We can only assume that any bones were either removed at some later time or have simply not been found yet. Pentre Ifan was most likely used as a community burial site over a long period of time, rather than for burying one important person.
The gigantic capstone is 16'6" long, 8 feet wide, and is supported 8 feet off the ground. All the stones are igneous rock, found locally.
The burial chamber is oriented on a north-south axis, which is unusual, and stands in a commanding position on a hillside overlooking the Nevern Valley.
Scattered around the cromlech are stones which may have ben part of the cairn that once covered the central chamber.
Pentre Ifan was one of the very first ancient sites in wales to be subject to study by antiquarians. It was sketched, written about, and studied from at least as early as 1603. It became a symbol of Welsh heritage, and was one of only 3 sites in Wales given official protection under the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882.
The cromlech is well signposted off the A487 from Newport. There is a layby for parking and a signposted footpath to the site.
About Pentre Ifan
Address: Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 5 miles south east of Newport, off the A487 Nearest postcode SA41 3TZ
Website: Pentre Ifan
Phone: 01443 336000
OS: SN092 367
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Waun Mawn - 2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nevern, St Brynach Church & Cross - 2.1 miles (Historic Church)
Nevern Castle - 2.2 miles (Castle)
Tafarn-y-bwlch Standing Stones - 2.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Carreg Coetan Burial Chamber - 2.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Newport (Pembrokeshire) Castle - 2.9 miles (Castle)
Penlan Uchaf Garden - 3.4 miles (Garden)
Gors Fawr Stone Circle - 5.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Pentre Ifan:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
2 Bank Cottages
Tel: 01239 820 912