Carn Euny Ancient Village

Children exploring the tunnel at Carn Euny.
An aerial view of Carn Euny Ancient Village.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Sancreed, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RB

Before You Go

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.

Managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust.

Read more about the history of Carn Euny.

Before You Go

Access: The track to the village is over farmland where cattle regularly graze and can be extremely muddy in wet weather.  At least two stiles have to be crossed on this route.

An alternative route on foot to the site is possible using the byway to the north west of the car park. The entrance to the site from this route is via a stone stile. View details.

Parking: There is a small car park located a short walk away (about 600m). Access to the car park is down narrow lanes unsuitable for large coaches.

School Visits/Large Groups: School or group visits can be arranged by contacting the Cornwall Heritage Trust on 0187 222 4014.

Please be Aware: The site is very remote and exposed, with no shelter in extreme weather conditions.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Plan a Great Day Out

The nearby Iron Age underground passage of Halliggye Fogou is also worth visiting, as is Chysauster Ancient Village, just five miles down the road. This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago and is one of the finest examples in the country.

Guidebook: Chysauster and Carn Euny

Price: £2.99

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