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. From the centre of St Just take Cape Cornwall Street, then take the left hand turning signed to Carn Gloose (Cornish for Ballowall Barrow).
Access: The barrow is located to the side of Carn Gloose Road. The grassy area ground around the barrow is slightly rocky and uneven. We encourage you to explore the inside of the barrow, but be aware that there is loose stone and the barrow has steep sides. Please avoid walking at the edges of the walls where this stone may be dislodged.
Facilities: The site is very remote and exposed with no shelter in extreme weather conditions. The town of St Just is located less than a mile away where there are a number of cafes and galleries.
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.
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.