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Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Sumburgh ZE3 9JN, Scotland
+44 1950 460112
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Goo history

Take an hour to visit. Take the time to listen to the short film in the visitors hall. Take time to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
steve z
Nashville, Tennessee
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Ancient site dating to Iron Age

This site has been thoroughly explored by scientists and other professionals. Now it is being... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlements in Shetland are one of the most important and inspirational archaeological sites in Scotland. Jarlsholf is located at Sumburgh Head near the southern tip of Mainland Shetland. This extraordinary site has a complex of ancient settlements which cover more than 4,000 years of human history. You will be amazed to find such a range of archaeological treasures in one place, including late Neolithic houses, a Bronze Age village, an Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, a Norse longhouse, a medieval farmstead and a 16th century laird’s house. The fascinating interpretation centre houses a hands-on display of local materials traditionally used on site including wool, stone, slate and bone. Visitors can also learn all about prehistoric life and the history of the site.
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Sumburgh ZE3 9JN, Scotland
+44 1950 460112
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take an hour to visit. Take the time to listen to the short film in the visitors hall. Take time to wander around and enjoy the history.

1  Thank steve z
Reviewed 1 week ago

This site has been thoroughly explored by scientists and other professionals. Now it is being maintained and preserved for the public to visit. It is fascinating to see so many eras of history in one place and accessible. Beautifully maintained. Entry is via the gift...More

1  Thank DINOZT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting very old site. There is a fee but if you are interested it is worth a visit. Good display inside and nice small shop.

Thank biesjeb62
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Prehistoric settlement is a glimpse into the lives of our forefathers and the occupation of the site through many generations showing how invasion and settlement and living changed.

Thank kevin d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the iron age sites which are definitely worth a visit. So well preserved and full of interesting information. It was a cold blustery day and I still enjoyed the experience. Get the audio tour of you can.

Thank Dave_Connelly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great site easy to walk round & got lots of hidden nooks & crannies to explore. Very helpful signage gives interesting background to the features. We missed the visitor centre as they'd closed up this meant we missed out on the headphones etc. A...More

Thank IanVezy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is just a fascinating place that can be visited in an hour. The site was home to various people over 4 thousand years. You can see how the dwellings evolved over time, ending with a now ruined castle built in the middle ages. It...More

1  Thank cgtorrey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting attraction but the shop and ticket system is very inefficient and needs work. We are HES members but had to queue for around 10-15 minutes in the tiny shop to get our tickets. The line moved very slowly and there is only one...More

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived on the bus from Lerwick and approached in the mist. It is an amazing place to visit and we enjoyed it

Thank NeilBWB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this ancient site and found it to be most interesting in that it covered different civilisations from the stone and bronze ages to the time of the Vikings.

Thank phoenix021
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Callum S
14 December 2016|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Afternoon, Jarlshof has restricted hours over the winter. Please call Skara Brae (01856 841815) for further details. Kind Regards
25 August 2016|
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Response from pawbrown | Reviewed this property |
If you only have one day hiring a car (most UK hire cars have stick shifts so need to specify auto if you prefer) would give you maximum independence to explore Shetland. We used Bolts. The roads are good and there is... More
29 June 2016|
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Response from Bruce M | Reviewed this property |
We had bought Historic Scotland memberships for our month in Scotland. I think the fee was small, however, in the range of £5. Ask about a "concession" rate if you are a student or a senior (60+). As for hours, the web... More