Three archeological gems

As well as great beaches, stunning countryside and picturesque fishing villages, Cornwall has some amazing ancient sites which have survived for thousands of years. Here are some of our favourites in West Cornwall: 

Carn Euny

Among the best-preserved ancient villages in South West England, Carn Euny was occupied from the Iron Age until late Roman times. It includes the foundations of stone houses from the 2nd to 4th centuries AD, with walls up to a metre high in places. At the heart of the village is its most intriguing feature – a stone-walled underground passage known as a fogou. This mysterious type of Iron Age monument is found only in the far west of Cornwall.




This iconic and highly photogenic site is one of the best known megalithic structures in Britain. The name Men-an-Tol means simply 'holed stone' and despite having been considered a significant and popular monument from a very early date, its true purpose remains a mystery.

The monument today consists of four stones; two upright stones with the holed stone between them, and a fallen stone at the foot of the western upright.


This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago and is one of the finest examples in the country.

The village was made up of of stone-walled homesteads known as 'courtyard houses', found only on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. The houses line a 'village street', and each had an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of thatched rooms.

Today visitors can walk around the village settlement to gain a sense of what the houses would have looked like and how the settlement was laid out.


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