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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry



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This Neolithic (New Stone Age) tomb is topped with one of largest capstones in Britain. Measuring a massive 24ft/7m by 15ft/4.5m and weighing around 40 tons (as much as an articulated lorry), how on earth did the builders get it up there? Experts reckon that at least 200 individuals would have been required to hoist it into place. Excavations have uncovered the remains of over 50 people, along with broken pottery and flint tools.

The site is also associated with a number of legends – it’s said that anyone who spent the night here on the evenings before May Day, St John’s Day (23 June) or Midwinter Day would die, go mad or become a poet.

Regional Tourist Board Member

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.


Free entry




St Nicholas,



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

Map reference: ST 092732  Lat: 51.45133 Long: -3.30804

Take the A48 west from Cardiff at Culverhouse Cross to St Nicholas; turn left at traffic lights where signed to the Burial Chamber. Small parking area and footpath signed to right of this lane after about 0.75mile.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4.5 miles from Waun-Gron Park station


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