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The Ancient Cairn de Barnénez at Plouezoc'h

The Ancient Cairn de Barnénez at Plouezoc'h

Right at the top of Finistère, at the top of a steep peninsula overlooking Morlaix Bay, sits the Cairn de Barnenez, Europe's largest megalithic burial chamber!

The Cairn de Barnenez is classed as a National Monument, and rightly so. Situated just outside Morlaix, this is the largest megalithic burial chamber in all of Europe and is said to be the second oldest monument in the world, only a little younger than the Tower of Jericho.

Dominating the sea, the Cairn consists of a fantastic 75-metre corridor that is 28 metres wide and it dates from 5000 BC. This makes the Cairn about 2000 years older than the Egyptian Pyramids. Overlooked for a long time, this astonishing mass of stones includes 11 standing stones and was brought to light in 1955 during works for a quarry. 

As one of the most ancient structures on earth, it certainly deserves its name from French writer and politician André Malraux, who called it "the Prehistoric Parthenon".

Visit

You can enjoy a guided visit or explore on your own.
No dogs allowed (except Guide Dogs).
Bookshop and gift shop on site, plus toilets, postbox and car park.

Opening times

In May and June, open every day 10am - 6pm.
In July and August, open every day 10am - 6.30pm
From September to April, open every day but Monday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-5.30.
Ticket office shuts 30 minutes before closing time.

Prices

Adults: 5.50 €
Concessions: 4 €
Groups: 4.50 € (for groups of 20+ people)
FREE for those under 18 years (coming with family), and for 18-25 year olds, for disabled visitors and their companion, and for the unemployed (please show relevant card or paperwork dating from the last 6 months).

Access

From Morlaix: D76 towards Plouezoc'h and the Presqu’île de Barnenez
GPS Latitude : 48,6676 / Longitude : -3,8584

Contact

Cairn de Barnenez - Tel. :+33 (0)2 98 67 24 73 - barnenez.monuments-nationaux.fr

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