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Bryn Celli Ddu, Gaerwen

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Historic Site
Bryn Celli Ddu is a prehistoric site on the Welsh island of Anglesey located near Llanddaniel Fab. Its name means 'the mound in the dark grove'. It was archaeologically excavated between 1928 and 1929. Visitors can get inside the mound through a stone passage to the burial chamber, and it is the centrepiece of a major Neolithic Scheduled Monument in the care of Cadw. The presence of a mysterious pillar within the burial chamber, the reproduction of the 'Pattern Stone', carved with sinuous serpentine designs, and the fact that the site was once a henge with a stone circle, and may have been used to plot the date of the summer solstice have all attracted much interest.The MonumentBryn Celli Ddu is generally considered to be one of the finest passage tombs in Wales. Unlike many stone chambered tombs, this not only has a complete passage and burial chamber, but is also buried under a mound or cairn, although this was re-instated following its excavation in 1929. As it now stands, the passage is 8.4m long, the first 3.4m being unroofed with a pair of portal stones. The main passage runs between vertical slab rocked walls roofed by a series of stone lintels. The mound, being substantially smaller than as originally made, no longer completely encloses the burial chamber, so the back wall is open to the air, allowing some natural light in.Several unusual stones are at the site. Free-standing inside the burial chamber is a smooth stone pillar, some 2m high, with a very rounded shape. Shaped stones of this sort are very rare. Rupert Soskin and Michael Bott recently suggested that it could be the petrified remains of a tree trunk.
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  • Well preserved chamber mound, its main entrance is aligned with the summer solstice. Able to walk through to the chamber with the stone column where the light reached. Small free car park with interpr...  more »
  • It takes a little walk on a trail that winds from roadside-be careful at some point divides, bent to the right (it's not made clear unless you know the numbers of trails, past a bridge for you are not located in a beautiful field with sheep, lambs and their Sheepdogs), after a short walk we arrive on site and with the right frame of mind, you can immerse yourself in a magical atmosphere entering this burial chamber and thinking of the druidic rites ... for something different from the usual castles! Recommended at dusk or at dawn on the summer solstice.
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  • Bryn Celli Ddu is an exceptionally well preserved megalithic chamber mound aligned along its main entrance with the summer solstice sun. At the rear of the chamber is a light box, which was part of th...  more »
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  • Another great Anglesey monument. Full access into the mound, with info boards nearby. ~15 min walk from the road & car park. Worth a visit if interested in these things.
  • I love these ancient monuments. Fascinating what our ancestors could achieve with just rudimentary tools and technology. Very atmospheric. Good shoes needed for the walk from the car park as it can be muddy in places.
  • Good to know that its 5000 years old, but its at a private place, i talked to the owner of the property first to get inside the fence, good and interesting if you love history
  • Ones of the most interesting free things to do on Anglesey. Check it out.
  • This is lovely. I love this place and so did my family. On my holidays in Wales, we chose to spend the day on Anglesey.