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image for Historic Site item typeSt Lythans Burial Chamber (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

St Lythans

St Lythans

St Lythans

Details

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.

Regional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

Address

St Lythans,
Vale of Glamorgan,
CF5 6SU

Location

Directions

Plan route to St Lythans Burial Chamber (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 094717  Lat: 51.43756 Long: -3.30423

At the junction of the A48 & the A4232 west of Cardiff at Culverhouse Cross, take the A4080 south and at the first roundabout take the right turn signed for St Lythans. Continue on this lane; Burial Chamber signed on left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Waun-Gron Park station

Facilities

  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed