West Kennet Long Barrow is one of the One of the largest Neolithic burial Chambers in Britain. This fascinating Neolithic site was once used as a burial chamber over five millennia ago, with around 50 ancient people buried within before the entrance was sealed. The West Kennet Long Barrow currently holds the title for Britain’s second longest chambered tomb (being beaten only by its sister tomb, the East Kennet Long Barrow – which is now dilapidated), as well as being the most accessible and visually impressive to visitors. The long barrow is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, and is privately owned and maintained by English Heritage, who charge no entrance fees to the site.
The construction of the West Kennet long barrow started in around 3600BC, an estimated 400 years before Stonehenge. The burial chambers themselves are the longest in Britain, measuring in at an astounding 100 metres from end to end, and historians believe that approximately 16,000 manhours would have been spent by workers on the prehistoric masterpiece. Recent analysis has revealed that the tomb was open for around 1,000 years before being closed with 46 bodies inside, which have been dated to have all died within 20-30 years of one another. The stone chambers have been excavated and cleared in recent years, but the construction remains fully intact, open to be seen by all.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Spout Lane, Nr Seend, Melksham
Wiltshire, England, SN12 6RN
+44 (0)1380 828 839
- Address: West Kennet, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, SN8 1QH
- GPS: 51.40860833,-1.850638889
- Phone: 0044 (0)1672 539 250
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: SN8 1QH
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: Very limited / long and steep unpaved path
- Visibility from Road: Visible but from a great distance
- Image Credits: Header Image; Paul Vincent