Rendez-vous at the Cairn of Barnenez

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

Rendez-vous at the Cairn of Barnenez 29252 Plouezoc'h fr

The Barnenez cairn is one of the first traces of buildings made in durable materials in Europe

Situated on the Kernéléhén peninsula in the Finistère-Nord region, the Barnenez Cairn is a truly exceptional megalithic site. This large tumulus is, in fact, composed of two adjacent cairns (stone pyramids), dating from 4500 to 3500 BC, known as the “Prehistoric Parthenon”. This vast construction made entirely from carefully piled stones comprises eleven funeral chambers connected by galleries.

The Barnenez site is a gem of the Neolithic age when mankind began to settle, develop livestock farming and agriculture, pottery, weaving and other civilised crafts.

Opening times

  • Open
    - 2nd May to 4th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
    - 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to moon. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Closed
    - Mondays from 5th September to 30th April
    - 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December

Practical information

  • Monument accessible to people with reduced mobility with help
  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Breton, Czech
  • Guided tour: French

Rates

  • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people) 4,50 €
  • Adults 5,50 €
  • Concessions 4 €
  • Free admission: minors under 18*
  • Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)
    * excluding school groups

Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Parking for coaches 25 m

Access

  • On the coast between Roscoff and Perros-Guirec 13 km north of Morlaix on the Kernéléhen peninsula
  • From Morlaix: D76 Plouezoch, then peninsula Barnenez

Contact

Grand cairn de Barnenez
29252 Plouezoc’h
tel.: (33) (0)2 98 67 24 73