Saints and Stones: Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan is the largest and best preserved dolmen or burial chamber in Wales. Dating from approximately 3,500 B.C., Pentre Ifan was used as a communal tomb. In its original state, it was almost 120 feet in length.

Seven of the original stones are still standing in their original position, and are from the portal and main chamber of the tomb, which originally was almost 120 feet long. The capstone is 16-1/2 feet long, is 8 feet off the ground, and weighs 16 tons.

Pentre Ifan is located in the Preseli Hills from which many of the stones at Stonehenge in England originated. The name Pentre Ifan means Ivan's Village.

About Penre Ifan

Megalithic Portal: Pentre Ifan
The Modern Antiquarian: Pentre Ifan
Stone Pages: Pentre Ifan
Wikipedia: Pentre Ifan
Wikipedia: Dolmen

Journey to Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan is located in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, just east of the town of Newport in Wales. From Newport, head east on the A487. Look for road sign (Siambr Gladdu-Burial Chamber) for the Pentre Ifan turnoff. From Haverfordwest, take the B4329. Before the town of Brynberian, a road sign points out the access road to Pentre Ifan.

Streetmap UK NGR SSN099370.

Visitors Information

Visitors information on Pentre Ifan may be found at the CADW website. General tourist information for the area may be found on the Visit Pembrokeshire website.

Additional Photos of Pentre Ifan

Roadside Sign for Pentre Ifan
CADW Sign at Pentre Ifan
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The Preseli Hills from Pentre Ifan

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