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Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan Cromlech is the most iconic and special monument to visit in Pembrokeshire and the largest and best preserved Neolithic dolmen in Wales.

Set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, you could say it’s a Pembrokeshire version of Stonehenge. Many consider it a spiritual and mystical place and it’s easy to understand why when you visit it. It is the stuff of legends. Literally translated, Pentre Ifan means Ifan’s Village.

The monument dates back to about 3500 BC and is oriented north-south. It stands on a foothill slope of the Preseli hills with wonderful views towards Carningli (Mount of Angels), Newport Bay and the Nevern Valley.

Pentre Ifan is a splendid burial chamber with a huge capstone and six uprights. The enormous stones used to make the chamber are all of local igneous rock. The capstone is elegantly balanced on just three of the 6 uprights. The capstone alone is estimated to weigh over 16 tons and is 5m (16ft 6in) long, 2.4m (8ft) wide and 2.4m (8ft) off the ground.

The nearby Preseli Hills were the source of the spotted dolerite bluestone used to build Stonehenge though just how they were transported the 140 miles to Amesbury in Wiltshire remains a mystery.

On June 20 1884 – two years after parliament passed John Lubbock’s Ancient Monuments Act, and a mere 12 days after General Augustus Pitt Rivers visited the site to assess its suitability Pentre Ifan became Wales’s very first scheduled ancient monument. Today Cadw look after it. Please do not take anything away from Pentre Ifan except for memories and photographs.

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The nearest places to eat at Pentre Ifan are a little drive away at the Salutation Inn in Felindre Farchog or the Trewern Arms in Nevern.

Map showing the location of Pentre Ifan Cromlech in Pembrokeshire

Looking west from Pentre IfanView of Pentre Ifan – looking west
Looking east from Pentre IfanView of Pentre Ifan – looking east
Capstone mimicks the lay of the landCapstone mimicking the lay of the land
Capstone mimicks the angle of Carningli MountainCapstone mimicking the angle of Carningli Mountain
Detail showing Capstone placementDetail showing Capstone placement
Detail showing Capstone placementDetail showing Capstone placement

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