The construction of stone circles began sometime during the late Neolithic and continued through into the Bronze Age. It was after 2500 BC that circles of standing stones became increasingly popular in Britain, with many stone circles erected within an existing ‘henge’. It has proven difficult to date these monuments accurately as there are no other archaeological artefacts associated with the stone circles.
The ‘Druids Circle’ above Penmaenmawr is one of many stone circles that are scattered across the landscape of Tan y Fan, it is the most well known and the best example of stone circles we have in this part of North Wales. Although it is called ‘Druids Circle’, it has no relevant connection to the ancient Druids as the stone circle predates them by a few thousand years.
Below is a list of all the known Stone Circles & Sacred Sites in the area
I have included an O/S number on all historical sites to enable everyone to locate using an O/S map.
- Tre’r Dryw Bach – sacred circle (now destroyed, possible oval rems. of a ditch) – Brynsiencyn, Anglesey SH464671
- Llandygai – Neolithic ceremonial monuments and two henges (destroyed by industrial estate) – Llandygai SH594710
- Carreg Lefain Cairn (Hafodlas) – ring cairn – Llanrug SH541617
- Dyffryn Mymbyr – stone circle – Bethesda SH650564
- Cors y Carneddau, Cefn Coch – stone circle (9 stones) – Penmaenmawr SH718746
- Druid’s Circle – early Bronze Age stone circle and standing stones – Penmaenmawr SH723746
- Monument 280 – Megalithic stone circle ring cairn (near Druid’s Circle) – Penmaenmawr SH722746
- Circle 278 – Bronze Age ring cairn (near Druid’s Circle) – Penmaenmawr SH721746
- Circle 275 “Little Druid” – late Bronze Age stone circle (5 stones) – Penmaenmawr SH725747
- Red Farm Circle (Bryn Derwydd) – stone circle – Penmaenmawr SH732750
- Hafodty – Bronze Age stone circle – (nr Henryd) Conwy SH747753
- Cerrig Pryfaid – Bronze Age stone circle (10 stones) – (nr) Rowen SH724713
- Hwyfa’r Ceirw – stone alignment (possible ancient path) – Llandudno SH765840
Although not a stone circle, Llyn Cerrig Bach is included below, as it is an important and ancient Iron Age sacred lake
Llyn Cerrig Bach (Lake) – ancient Iron Age sacred lake (around 181 Iron Age artefacts was discovered in the lake in1942, the most important archaeological finds in Wales) – Llanfairyneubwll, Anglesey SH305767