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Address: Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1856 841815
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The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of...

The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. Visitors can experience a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone beds, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.

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Give yourself a few hours here, very interactive, chldren love it and there was an electric 4 wheel scooter for my elderly mother. Nice cafe too. If oyu hold an 'English Heritage... read more

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Give yourself a few hours here, very interactive, chldren love it and there was an electric 4 wheel scooter for my elderly mother. Nice cafe too. If oyu hold an 'English Heritage ' membership card you get in free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a long held ambition to visit Skara Brae and it did not disappoint. I thought that it was a real privilege to be able to visit the site and to be able to get as close as we did. I was so enthralled with the view of the settlement that I didn't want to leave. What an amazing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most important historical site in Orkney, and indeed Europe's most complete Neolithic settlement, even older than Stonehenge. It was truly amazing to see how well preserved this ancient village is, and the visitors centre is very informative and well designed. Loses a star for the cafe though, food is not great and overpriced. Still, if you're in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Skara Brae predates Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt. That alone is incredible but to see the architecture of the small settlement (and the fact that it is still standing) and how the community interacted is a wonder. The planning of it all in that far off time is amazing - covered passageways and even a fresh water stream and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our group of four and a lovely and enthusiastic tour guide had the entire site all to ourselves as a large full moon came up in the horizon. I just loved it. I recommend buying the Askari Brae guide book also

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Persuaded to go by my younger child as he has been studying it last term , we undertook a very long drive and a ferry ride to the Orkneys . The island is lovely and we drove around as we used the Pentland ferries company ( excellent experience!) and knew connections would be difficult on the local bus service .... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the visitor centre explaining the houses of Shara Brae. Great to be able to walk through a replica house. Being able to walk around the site also give an idea of how they would have live so long ago. Steeped in history!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Skara Brae is a tiny little hobbit village dating from 3200bc. It's the oldest of its kind in Europe and predates Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids. Built-in shelves come standard in the Skara Brae floor model as well as little seafood boxes to keep all of your ocean bounty nice and fresh while you bang on rocks with other rocks... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

As our son has been studying the Stone Age at school, we took advantage of a long held ambition to come to Orkney and visit the wealth of Neolithic sites. Skara Brae did not disappoint. Although the day was extremely windy we still managed to spend an hour visiting the replica and the actual village. Fascinating and thought provoking to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I had always wanted to visit Orkney's Neolithic sites and wasn't disappointed when I got the chance. The exhibition to visit before viewing the site was very helpful and the amazingly well preserved houses lived up to my every expectation. The dressers, box beds and stone tanks for keeping water or fish bait were all fascinating and relly evoked a... More 

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