Tinkinswood Burial Chamber

Tinkinswood Burial Chamber, Culverhouse Cross

Tinkinswood Burial Chamber
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Kathryn B
Swansea, UK185 contributions
Peaceful site of ancient significance
May 2021
The weather conditions were far from ideal on our visit here and to nearby St Lythans, but it did not have an impact on our visit. The first thing you will notice is the chamber's isolation in the field in which it sits. As with nearby Old Beaupre Castle, this isolation gives a sense of discovery, a sense of finding the place for the first time, which is a unique but pleasant feeling. The chamber itself doesn't stand tall like some others but is large in the ground it covers, with a 40 long ton capstone being the most impressive feature, among the largest in Britain. It is possible to stand inside the chamber but with the water that collects in there either wearing wellies or standing in the small dry corner are the only options available for those who wish to do so. The smaller Bronze Age pit is also an interesting feature but is far less impressive and the remaining earthworks give a view into what the site looked like 6000 years ago when it was built. A small car park is available but no other facilities are here. It must be noted that in wet weather, upon entering through the gate, turn left and walk down that path rather than straight up, that way you save getting wet shoes like we did. Overall, an impressive 6000 year old monument that makes for a peaceful half hour.
Written May 23, 2021
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Grot D
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Superb place
Apr 2020 • Solo
Peacefull amazing place if you just want to marvel at how they built it or if you like ghost trips, too many spirits to count in one visit. The witches covents of old dont seem to meet here these days or they have learned to be a bit quieter now. I spent many hours here in my childhood. Amazing history surrounds this beautiful place
Written November 25, 2020
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Dave Smith
London, UK176 contributions
Ancient stones.
Sep 2020 • Couples
There is a small car park for around 5 cars, that were all taken when we arrived. It’s on a very narrow road, so had to drive past and turn around further down the lane. We stopped in a housing estate at the top of the lane, and waited for 5 mins and a couple of cars came up, so we went back down and parked up. It’s a short walk to the stones through a field that evidently had cows in it at some point (watch where you tread!). The site is well maintained and there is an information board with all you need to know. Good to visit if in the area.
Written September 19, 2020
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Russ P
Cardiff, UK85 contributions
Just an amazing relaxing hour of 6000 year old history
Aug 2020
Easy parking, lovely 10 minute stroll along a lovely path leads you to this amazing burial chamber kept neat and tidy by Cadw (keep) I had the place to myself and chilled with a sandwich next to the structure on a glorious welsh sunny day #bendigedig
Written August 9, 2020
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Rob S
Gold Coast, Australia944 contributions
Ancient Britain burial chamber
Dec 2019
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber is a truly remarkable place to visit, though it will take some finding. Located in a field where it was once buried beneath soil and turf, this is to experience ancient Wales.Boots recommended as the short hike can be muddy.
St Lythians Burial Chamber is close by.
Written January 10, 2020
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Tad666
Essex, England317 contributions
Amazing Neolithic Site
Oct 2019
Tinkinswood Chamber is at the top of a field, there is a waymarked footpath to the left of the gate, please follow because when you follow the path the surprise is fantastic. A very well preserved burial chamber along with another neolithic grave pit. It has recently been excavated in 1914 no doubt since then as well, but is a truly remarkable site with a Capstone the heaviest in Europe, it is a massive piece of stone, how did these people achieve placing this piece of stone on top of the structure.
There is a myth attached to this Burial Chamber but you will have to go and read about. Well worth a visit and it is FREE. and full of history.
Written October 2, 2019
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923Dan
Swindon, UK2,692 contributions
Another interesting relic of prehistory - though overshadowed by pylons
Jul 2019 • Solo
Driving back from Barry, this was my second burial chamber of the morning.
The largest capstone of a burial chamber in Wales.
Very impressive in everyway - apart from the giant pylon casting a shadow over this historical site!
A real shame!
a 5 minute walk up from the small free car park.
Well signposted from the A48.
A nice morning's visit!
Well done CADW!
Written July 2, 2019
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Zippy-BR
Cardiff, UK19 contributions
Lovely.
Aug 2018 • Family
Amazing burial chamber. Good place to come for a picnic. Also a Pokémon Go gym. Good 4G signal for playing Pokemon Go! Near to Duffryn Gardens.
Written October 7, 2018
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laulaulau131313
Cardiff, UK74 contributions
We come here for peace & quiet
Sep 2018 • Friends
Beautiful views, well kept paths and a bin! Has an information point and is truly worth several visits.
Written September 7, 2018
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ElizabethJK
Australia2,415 contributions
Fascinating Neolithic site
Nov 2016 • Solo
This Neolithic burial chamber was built 6,000 years ago. The site was excavated in 1914. Its capstone is thought to be the largest in Europe. The legend associated with Tinkinswood is that you die, go mad or become a poet if you spend the night there on the evenings before May Day, St John's Day, or Midwinter Day.

If you visit Tinkinswood, also visit the St Lythans burial chamber nearby. Both are between the airport and Cardiff, so can be visited on a small detour coming from or going to the airport.
Written September 3, 2017
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