Merry Maidens
Merry Maidens
4.5
Ancient RuinsPoints of Interest & LandmarksMysterious Sites
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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One of England's best-preserved and complete ancient stone circles consisting of 19 granite stones that form a perfect circle nearly 78 feet in diameter.
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skiathosdreams
Calabasas, CA54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
we went on a very windy day after long rain, so was muddy, but well worth visiting. very picturesque. I would suggest a guide to drive you around due to small roads and many places hard to find.
Written 17 March 2020
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Kevin J
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Some signposting would have helped. Drove past it a couple of times before we spotted it in a field. It looked like the brown sign had fallen down. Only parking for 2-3 cars, but its never going to be busy. We only stopped as we were on route between Lands End & Mousehole, but its nice if you like standing stone circles. We visited on a misty rainy day which added to the atmosphere! Free to enter, free to park.
Written 18 July 2021
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Anna R
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My two sons use PowerChairs and we didn’t have much hope of them being able to access the stone circle given other reviews. However, the gate to the side of the stone steps was unlocked and they were able to drive in and view/touch the stones up close. Very easy access via the gate near the bus stop and enough space to park for a large van / WAV. Wheelchair user. Disabled access. Parking. Accessibility.
Written 11 August 2023
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deedee016
Market Bosworth, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Interesting place that really is a gem in the middle of absolutely no where! You have to keep your eyes open to ensure you don’t miss this little treat. We were the only ones there at dusk. The setting and back drop of the west Cornwall landscape really gave our visit a atmospheric feel to it. Quiet, unspoilt, surreal, not hordes of people, just perfect.
Written 9 October 2021
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Zelly R
Hastings, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I was lucky enough to spend some time with The Merry Maidens on my own. I walked around the circle and imagined their past, who put them there, what happened there, who met and had walked this same pathway?
I love stones and rocks - and spiritual/sacred sites - so was immediately drawn to this place.
See if you feel drawn to visit too!
Written 25 October 2020
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Daniel H
Derbyshire, UK71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We stopped here en route from Sennen. We had heard that it was like a mini Stonehenge and worth visiting.

It is a series of stones in a large circle, dating back to the Neolithic era. As others have stated, it could do with a plaque or information board about the stones origins etc, as we didn't see one when we were there.

The "parking" is actually a layby that is also a bus stop, and the entrance to a farm. When we visited the weather was bad, and the layby was reduced to a quagmire of mud and water. The entrance was also very muddy, so definitely bring welly boots if you are visiting outside of the summer months!
Written 13 May 2024
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Local legend has it that the 19 stones in the circle were originally 19 maidens who were turned into stone as punishment for dancing on a Sunday! And the two taller stones nearby were the musicians (the ‘Pipers’) who played for them.

The stones can be found in a field near Lamorna, on the Lands End to Newlyn road. Not far from the circle is the Tregiffian burial chamber. They are worth a look if you are in the area and it’s free.
Written 17 June 2016
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STEVE SCOTT
36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
In the summer of 2015 I visited Penzance in England with my partner. He grew up in this area, and I used Rick Steves's guide book to find interesting spots to visit nearby. The Merry Maidens was one of them. It's not a touristy spot; and, actually, it's not very well marked. I followed a map closely. We pulled over on the side of the road and walked a few feet until we saw these stones arranged in a circle. The legend goes that some young girls decided to dance and play instead of worshiping on a Sunday; so they were turned to stone. This site is free and fun, I thought.
Written 19 June 2016
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Joy H
Bristol, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
My brother and brother in law needed a break in Penzance after the death of our sister. Part of the holiday was to select a place to scatter some of her ashes. My brother had always wanted to go here and was not disappointed. He found it easily, despite being out of the way, and the area was free to visit. At this time of year there was an abundance of wild flowers, making it a very suitable place to scatter those ashes knowing she will have a permanent carpet of them in a very peaceful symbolic place
Written 29 June 2016
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Ruth E
Greater London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
Wonder around and across the middle of this neolithic monument/meeting point/sculpture and be in awe of it's age and mystery.

I visited as part of a coastal walk and then returned at sun set last week - I was the only person around, despite it being a clear and beautiful July day, and only the occasional car was passing.

Next step - be there at sunrise for complete silence.
Written 20 July 2016
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