Arthur's Stone is an atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber made of great stone slabs, set in the hills above Herefordshire's Golden Valley.
Like many prehistoric monuments in western England and Wales, this tomb has been linked to King Arthur since before the 13th century. According to legend, it was here that Arthur slew a giant who left the impression of his elbows on one of the stones as he fell.
Read more about the history of Arthur's Stone.
Arthur's Stone Free Guided Tours
8th- 10th September - 10am, 12pm and 2pm
As part of this year's Heritage Open Days, visitors to Arthur's Stone will get the oppurtunity to learn more about this iconic Herefordshire landmark and the excavations that took place during July 2023. Our expert volunteers are offering tours of the site, which must be pre- booked here -
Please note- all tours start from Arthur's Stone. As parking is limited booking on to a tour is essential. Once your tour is complete please can we ask that you leave the site promptly to allow us to manage parking at the site for all visitors. Sensible clothing and footwear are advised. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads.
Before You Go
Parking: Use the car park in Dorstone village. Follow the B4348 to the north until you reach the signed footpath on the left and follow this uphill to the site. The walk is approximately 1.2 miles with spectacular views. Alternatively there is very limited parking in the layby adjacent to the site.
Access: Arthur's Stone is set on a grassy area to the side of Arthur's Stone Lane so can be reached on foot or by car.
Please do not climb on the stones.
Groups and Schools: This site is approached via a narrow lane which is unsuitable for coaches.
Facilities: Arthur's Stone is isolated with no nearby facilities. Hay-on-Wye, where there are plenty of places to eat and shop along with public toilets, is 7 miles away.
Please be aware: 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.
Arthur's Stone Excavation Guided Tours July 2023
This July visitors to Arthur’s Stone will get a rare glimpse of what lies beneath the Herefordshire landmark as the Universities of Manchester and Cardiff, in partnership with English Heritage, return to excavate this historic site. Expert archaeologists will be joined by a team of volunteers to offer tours and talks throughout the excavations which can be pre-booked by anyone interested in finding out more about some of Herefordshire’s rich early archaeology as it is revealed.
Tours are available from 1 - 23 July. Tours times: 10:00 , 12:00 and 14:00.
Booking essential on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arthurs-stone-excavation-guided-tours-july-2023-tickets-374167955427
All tours start from Arthur’s Stone. Please ensure you park in the field opposite the site as signposted. As parking is limited booking is essential . Once your tour has been completed please can we ask you to leave the site promptly. This will help us manage the parking for the benefit of all visitors.
Please ensure you wear sensible footwear and clothing and bring a bottle of water. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Plan a Great Day Out
15 miles to the south is Longtown Castle, a fine example of a 13th century welsh border castle.
Just over 20 miles to the south east is Goodrich Castle, one of the country's best preserved medieval fortresses. Visitors can climb the battlements, take in the views of the beautiful Wye Valley, explore the exhibition and enjoy a well-earned rest in the tearoom.