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Jarlshof Prehistoric And Norse Settlement

Historic settlement that provides insight into life in the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages

Jarlshof Prehistoric And Norse Settlement

Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods – the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages.

It includes oval-shaped Bronze Age houses, Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, Viking long houses, medieval farmstead and 16th century laird’s house. homepage
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  • The site’s complexity – over 4,000 years of human settlement on one site.
  • The Iron-Age broch and adjacent houses – remarkable survivals, despite the best efforts of the sea to wash them away.
  • The Norse longhouse – tangible evidence that the Vikings weren’t all about looting and pillaging.
  • The rich collection of artefacts – many of which are displayed in the visitor centre.

Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Shetland
Postcode: ZE3 9JN

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

1st October - 31st March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to dusk (will vary day on day) tickets available from the Sumburgh Hotel

Admission prices

Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Jarlshof Prehistoric And Norse Settlement

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4 September 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Jack Vettriano Exhibition

Duff House

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Wandering Home - an exhibition by Thomas Joshua Cooper

Glasgow Cathedral

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Highlanders in Revolt!

Urquhart Castle

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Music Through the Ages

Edinburgh Castle

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