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Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Sumburgh ZE3 9JN, Scotland
+44 1950 460112
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We visited on a very cold day and were the only people there. Our party of 4 all agreed that it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NJS707
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Hampshire
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we went here as part of a guided tour of some of the sights while we were on shetland and the guide... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ALass48
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Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a very cold day and were the only people there. Our party of 4 all agreed that it was amongst the best historical sites we have ever visited! We all had phone guide sets which described and pointed out the key elements....More

Thank NJS707
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went here as part of a guided tour of some of the sights while we were on shetland and the guide was very good at telling us what sone of the building uncovered could have been.

Thank ALass48
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ancient site is amazingly well preserved. The audio guides are great and really bring to life the ruins you are seeing.

Thank Ross J
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

We were on a one-day stop on a trans-atlantic cruise and took an excursion to this UNESCO heritage site. Definitely have a guide. Fascinating place with history going back thousands of years. Be prepared for cold, wind, and rain.

Thank Soulefulltraveler
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Good for a day trip. Lot of info to take in. Various dwellings at different times. Bring waterproof kit

Thank 330robin
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

if you love history, you must visit this place. this is southern tip of shetland which offers insights into 4000 plus years of history of settlement. you can also see other places in sumburgh. so its worth

Thank ernakulamtraveller
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Jarlshof is 4500 years of our common human history all in one site. Truly mesmerising. Please take a guided or audio tour. The site comes alive. You learn so much more than simply reading or photographing and posting signs. The Shetland islands are aways to...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

This is a really interesting site. There are 1000s of years of history here, and the different era are clearly displayed. We did Jarlshof as a shore excursion from our cruise ship moored in Lerwick. We had a great guide and really enjoyed this trip....More

2  Thank roaming_kiwi58
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

A very interesting and informative visit giving an excellent idea of how people lived many years ago

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Jarlshof was our next stop in our Lerwick port tour. The ruins lie near the southern tip of the Shetland mainland. The name was coined by writer Walter Scott, a Scottish historical novelist. Jarlshof means Earl’s mansion. The remains at Jarlshof represent thousands of years...More

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Maria N
8 February 2018|
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Response from ALass48 | Reviewed this property |
yes it is open all year round if small office not open go to the reception at hotel.
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Callum S
13 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
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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
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