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Cairn de Barnenez

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.

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> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Breton, Czech

> Guided tour
Reservation required
Duration: 45 min

Practical information

Opening hours


Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

From 2 January to 30 April

Open every day 10.00-12.30 / 14.00-17.30

From 2 May to 30 June

Open every day 10.00-12.30 / 14.00-18.30

From 1st July to 31 August

Open every day 10.00-18.30

From 1st September to 31 December

Open every day 10.00-12.30 / 14.00-17.30

Closing days

January the 1st, May the 1st, November the 1st and 11th, December the 25th.


Barnenez Cairn de Barnenez
29252 Plouezoc'h
Ph. : 33 / (0)2 98 67 24 73Fax : 33 / (0)2 98 79 51 58

En coche

From Morlaix : D 76 to Plouezoch and Barnenez peninsula.


Useful addresses:

Morlaix Chamber of Commerce and Industry Group service
tel.: (33) (0)2 98 62 39 39

Finistère Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)2 98 76 24 77

Pays d’accueil touristique de Morlaix
tel.: (33) (0)2 98 79 92 92