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Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

The finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old.

It was broken into in the mid-twelfth century by Viking crusaders who carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber.

In 1999, Maeshowe was designated part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, along with Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness.


Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Orkney
Postcode: KW16 3HH

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. Booking in advance is required.

1 October - 31 March , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Booking in advance is required.

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

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26 July 2014

Olivia Irvine - Being Somewhere

Duff House

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The Three Estates Costume Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Ring of Brodgar Guided Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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MacDonald, Lord of the Isles

Urquhart Castle

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Medieval Mayhem

Caerlaverock Castle

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Katy Dove Exhibition

Duff House

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Queens of the Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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Renaissance Summer - The Queen's Progress

Linlithgow Palace

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Guided Tours of Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills

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