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Address: Lamorna, Penzance, England
Description: One of England's best-preserved and complete ancient stone circles...
One of England's best-preserved and complete ancient stone circles consisting of 19 granite stones that form a perfect circle nearly 78 feet in diameter.
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The Merry Maidens

The Merry Maidens are. Circle of stones between Lamorna and the road to St Buryan,these stones represent maidens who danced on a Sunday and were turned to stone.I found it very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Cheryl K
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Merry Maidens are. Circle of stones between Lamorna and the road to St Buryan,these stones represent maidens who danced on a Sunday and were turned to stone.I found it very atmospheric especially in the gathering dusk,the setting is rather wild and it's lack of commercialism adds to it's solitude.Theres a small parking area by the gate which leads you... More 

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

There was a dense fog when we visited this site, which was very atmospheric. The site is in a field right beside the road, so is easy to find, and be sure to visit the remains of a burial chamber on the road verge a short distance away.

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Martos, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I love coming here, early evening in summer, rarely anyone around, sit with my back against one of the stones, and contemplate. Legend has it that the stones were dancers on the Sabbath, punished by the devil. Which is as good an explanation as any in my view!

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Jarrow,England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Visited on a sunny Saturday in February; only people there and great to just wonder at the meanings/connect with history. Reading reviews now it is obvious to me we missed a nearby burial chamber, 😦oh well, next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you enjoy the past and ancient cultures, this will appeal. It was quite hard to find but worth the anxiety of getting there. The circle of standing stones is well preserved and has a special atmosphere all of its own. Touch a stone and you are in touch with the past. Magical!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Merry Maidens form a neolithic stone circle located in a field on the side of the road in south Cornwall. They're free to see, and a real treat if you are interested in ancient folklore. According to local legend, the stones were maidens who were turned to stone for dancing on a Sunday, and the two taller stones located... More 

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Mytilene, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This a good example of a fine stone circle. Very easy to find. This ring has 19 stones and possibly had a second circle near it but unfortunately it has been destroyed :( There is a very happy vibe inside the circle. Don't forget there is Tregiffian burial chamber about 20 metres to the left on the B-road. Make sure... More 

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Congleton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A simple stone circle but when you think of the history about them it conjures up thoughts of ancient Cornwall.

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This was on our route, so we pulled off the road and walked a very short distance to this wonderful ring of ancient stones. There was a hiker in the distance and another couple leaving, so it was very quiet and peaceful. We both enjoyed being so close to the stones, and yes we did actually feel the incomprehensible energy... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Easy to miss this little gem. It would be good if the site offered a little information about its history, but nevertheless it provides a link with our ancestors

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