Ballowall Barrow

Ground level view in full sunshine of Ballowall Barrow showing stone walls and aisle with ocean and The Brisons in the background.
Aerial view of Ballowall Barrow above coastal cliffs near St Just, Cornwall

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


St Just, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7NP

Before You Go

In a spectacular cliff-edge position, this unique Bronze Age tomb had a long and complex history as a sacred site. The barrow was excavated (and radically altered) in 1878 by Cornish antiquarian William Borlase.

Managed by the National Trust.

Read more about the history of Ballowall Barrow.

Before You Go

Parking: Parking is available in a very small layby on opposite the site.

How to Find It: From the centre of St Just take Cape Cornwall Street, then take the left hand turning signed to Carn Gloose (Cornish for Ballowall Barrow).

Please Be Aware: The site is very remote and exposed with no shelter in extreme weather conditions. We encourage you to explore the inside of the barrow, but please be aware there is loose stone and the barrow has steep sides.

English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Plan a Great Day Out

The Barrow lies approximately 20 metres above the South West Coastal path and could be included in a bracing cliff top walk.

Public toilets, shops and pubs can be found in St. Just which is just over a mile away from the Barrow.

Nearby Tregiffian Burial Chamber and Carn Euny Ancient Village are a great way to extend your exploration of prehistoric sites in Cornwall. Slightly further afield, the remains of Chysauster Ancient Village offer a fantastic insight into life in the Iron Age.


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