St Lythans Burial Chamber
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The single chamber that remains is only part of what was once a much larger burial site. It was originally surrounded by a mound, similar to that at Tinkinswood, but you cannot really make out any remains of the mound at all from the ground.
Examination of the site suggests that the original mound stretched 80 feet, and was 35 feet wide, wit the chamber we se today occupying the eastern end of the monument.
The chamber consists of 3 upright stones topped by a huge capstone weighing about 35 tons. Not quite as large and heavy as the enormous capstone at Tinkinswood, but it would still have been quite a sizeable undertaking to put it in place!
Remains of human bones and pieces of pottery were found at St Lythans, but no modern excavation has taken place, so we do not know how long the site was in use.
In Welsh the name of the chamber is gwal-y-filiast, or a kennel for a female greyhound. The name may derive from an Arthurian tale about Culhwch and Olwen, but there's nothing Arthurian about the burial chamber itself!
The burial chamber stands on a low rise in the middle of a farm field. There is a small layby on the roadside, and a short path to the site, which is visible from the roadside. There really isn't much to see beyond the uprights and the capstone, but it is still a compelling sight. Do take the time to visit Tinkinswood, only a few miles away, if you're visiting St Lythans.
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About St Lythans Burial Chamber
Address: St Lythans Road, St Lythans, Wenvoe, Glamorgan, Wales
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 2 miles south of St Nicholas
Website: St Lythans Burial Chamber
OS: ST101 723
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
Dyffryn Gardens and Arboretum - 0.4 miles (Garden)
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber - 0.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Caerau Castle Ringwork - 2.7 miles (Castle)
Barry Castle - 3.1 miles (Castle)
Dinas Powys Castle - 3.2 miles (Castle)
St Fagans Castle - 3.2 miles (Historic House)
Penmark Castle - 3.4 miles (Castle)
Fonmon Castle - 4.2 miles (Historic House)
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