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Cairn de Barnenez

Explore the Barnanez cairn, the largest Megalithic mausoleum in Europe, lying at the top of a steeply sloping peninsula in the bay of Morlaix in the Finistère.

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Times may vary

May and June every day 10 am to 6 pm
July to August every day 10 am to 6.30 pm 
September to April every day except Monday 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 to 5:30 pm
Last admission 30 mins before closing

1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December


Adult rate : 5,50 € 
Reduced rate : 4,50 € 
Adult group rate : 4,50  € (minimum 20 persons) 
School group rate : 20 € (maximum 35 students, 2 accompananying adults included, adult group rate for additional accompananying adult)

Free admission :
Minors under 18 (family visit)
18-25 years old (for people under 26 years old who are citizens of one the 27 countries of EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)
Disabled visitors and their escorts
Unemployed persons

NOUVEAU ! En partenariat avec le château du Taureau, un billet plein tarif acheté dans l'un des deux monuments donne droit à un tarif préférentiel dans le second monument visité. 

Going there

From Morlaix: secondary road D 76 towards Plouezoch and the Barnenez peninsula


Cairn de Barnenez
29252 Plouezoc’h
T 33 / (0)2 98 67 24 73
F 33 / (0)2 98 79 51 58

GPS details

Latitude : 48.6676
Longitude : -3.8584


Les Éditions du patrimoine présentent : Un siècle de pierres. Instants photographiques         


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Visiting the Barnenez cairn 

• Virtuoso builders.
Two sorts of vaulting are used in these tombs, either a flat stone as is used in normal dolmens or a ‘false’ rounded dome made out of a clever structure of little flat stones. It was built in Neolithic times (4 00 to 3500 BC), during which period man became sedentary and started farming. 

• A ‘rediscovered’ site.
It was identified as a "tumulus" (man-made earth mound) in 1850, but rediscovered in 1955 when it was being used as a quarry. From 1955 to 1968 excavation and consolidation work was carried out, and this enormous mound of stones regained its original appearance.


Selfguided tours

with a visit document in french, english, german, italian, spanish, netherland, breton lenght : 30 min

Guided tour

in french, commented visits are assured by the monument’s guides (included with admission) at : 11H ; 14h30 and 16H. From may, more visits are programmed. Lenght : 45 min

Visite publics spécifiques

Pour les individuels 
Gratuité pour le visiteur handicapé et son accompagnateur  

Pour les groupes
35 € pour une visite d'une heure (20 personnes maximum)
Prévoir un justificatif  

Tél. 02 98 67 24 73  

Mél barnenez@monuments-nationaux.fr 

Téléchargez le carnet de visite pour visiteurs déficients intellectuels en cliquant ici

Téléchargez le dépliant d’appel de l’accessibilité du Cairn de Barnenez

Gift and book shop

Guide Dog allowed

Dogs excluded


For all information, please call 02 98 67 24 73

Visiteurs à mobilité réduite

Accessible site by an outside ramp, a guide’s help is necessary.
Possibility to borrow a wheelchair at reception (62 cm wide).

Visiteurs mal et non-voyants

Documents de visite en braille ou en gros caractères disponibles à l'accueil.

Visiteurs sourds et malentendants

Paper guides (translations) available at reception.


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Éditions du patrimoine

Le grand cairn de Barnenez - Mausolée néolithique
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100 monuments, 100 écrivains / Histoires de France
Hors collection
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Le Guide du patrimoine en France
Hors collection
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Bêtes off
Catalogues d'exposition
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Le cahier d'activités des enfants qui remontent le temps
Cahiers d'activités
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Mon cahier d’activités : archéologue en herbe
Cahiers d'activités
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Un siècles de pierres.
Instants photographiques
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