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Carn Euny Ancient Village

Imagine what life was like as an Iron Age villager. Budding archaeologists will love exploring this ancient, yet well-preserved settlement, which is thought to have thrived from the Iron Age until late Roman times. Carn Euny is probably best-known for its well-preserved fogou (Cornish for 'cave'), an underground passageway over 20 metres long. Fogous are intriguing structures and no one really knows what they were used for. Experts say they may have been used for storage, habitation or rituals, but their true purpose remains a mystery. Dare yourself to enter and make your own mind up. To get there, take the A30 past Penzance towards Land's End, turn right at Drift, then left before Sancreed, park at Brane and follow the footpath. Entry is free.

Carn Euny Ancient Village
NEAR PENZANCE
Cornwall
5 Stars

Sep 2017

Mrs Sommerville

Fascinating site definitely worth a visit. Do take wellies or boots if there has been rain as the access is down a footpath through a field so can get muddy. Also the fogou floods in wet weather so wellies a must if little ones want to explore and splash about. On a nice day it is perfect for a picnic.

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4 Stars

Sep 2015

Miss Heather

Definitely worth a little trip for an interesting glimpse into times gone by!

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Sep 2012

Boho68

Wonderful

We are so glad that we paid a visit to Carn Euny. It's a little walk to the site from the car park but so worth it when you get there. It is such an atmospheric place. It's so quiet and has such a wonderful sense of peace there. It was wet the day we went, but if it was sunny would have been a lovely spot for a picnic. The Fogous was fascinating; I was scared about the creepy crawlies, but I never saw any ... phew!
It’s definitely worth a visit if you want to get to the heart of ancient Cornwall.

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4 Stars

Feb 2009

Very atmospheric. A good picnic spot when the sun's out. It is also worth visiting nearby Chapel Carn Brea hill, which has great views across the sea towards Land's End and St Just.

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4 Stars

Nov 2008

Miss Denness

Fascinating... but scary!

What an amazing experience, so eerie and fascinating, you must give it a try and explore!

One thing I will say in Fogous is beware of the spiders – don’t look up!!! They are VERY common in Fogous… and lots of them! I was frozen stiff with fear when down a tunnel and someone shone a torch on the ceiling… it was swarming with big spiders and their nest sacks… my biggest dilemma was how do I get out of here… very quickly is the answer!

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Aug 2008

Unspoilt

One of the things I love about Cornwall is that you can still stumble across something as interesting as this ancient settlement just walking through the fields. Anywhere else in the counrty, you would have to queue up and pay an entrance fee to see something similar. But in Cornwall it is just lying there, waiting to be discovered in its unspoilt beauty.

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