Belas Knap Long Barrow

Aerial view of Belas Knap Long Barrow, entrances clearly visible and visitors enjoying sitting in the sun on the turf covered monument

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5AL

Before You Go

Belas Knap is a particularly fine example of a Neolithic long barrow, with a false entrance and side chambers. Excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were found in the chambers. The barrow has since been restored.

Managed by Gloucestershire County Council.

Read more about the history of the barrow.


Before You Go

Access: The barrow is located just over half a mile from the parking area. The walk to the barrow includes a steep climb through woodland and fields, and there is a stone stile to negotiate.

Parking: Limited parking is available in the layby.

Facilties: There are toilets, shops and places to eat a short drive away in Winchcombe.

Dogs: There may be sheep grazing in the fields en route to the barrow, so please keep dogs on leads.

Please be aware: There is an unprotected drop from the top of the barrow down to the entrance.

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.

Plan a Great Day Out

Belas Knap is on the Cotswold Way National Trail and is a great place to stop along the way to explore the site and enjoy a picnic.

Belas Knap is one of four Gloucestershire long barrows in the care of English Heritage which can be picked up as part of a circular tour. Uley Long Barrow, Nympsfield Long Barrow and Windmill Tump Long Barrow are all fine examples of Gloucestershire's Neolithic history.


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