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Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

The finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe

Plan your visit to Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

Getting there

Region – Orkney
Postcode: KW16 3HH

Grid reference
HY 318128.

Cycle Routes
Site on the National Cycle Network

Public Transport

The Stagecoach bus company in Orkney operate a regular bus service from Kirkwall to Stromness and other services throughout the islands. Timetable

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Facilities & access

Car Parking Shop Toilets Accessible by Public Transport Children's Quiz available

Entry to Maeshowe

Bookings may be made in advance either in person, by telephone or requesting any Historic Scotland Site to telephone a request booking. Visitors, who have purchased tickets out with the site, are still required to book onto a tour, and check in at the Ticket Office 15 minutes before the tour start time.

Word document Download full details on admission and tour times for Maeshowe [word, 42kb].

Holders of Orkney Explorer Passes, Historic Scotland Membership and other types of tickets are also required to book via the timed ticket system.

Tour times

Please note the change to our tours. From 31st March 2013, all tours will commence at 10am and run on the hour. The last tour is 4pm.

Two twilight tours have been added for June/July/August commencing at 6pm and 7pm. These are to be pre-paid and booked in advance only. No visitor centre access.

For December & January the 2pm and 3pm tours are combined to accommodate the winter sunsets, and the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the Year).

Parking restrictions

Please contact us on 01856 761 606 for details.

Maximum number per tour for non coach parties is 20.
During July and August, the number of tours per day may vary due to local circumstances.

Due to the limited size of the car park at Tormiston Mill and Health & Safety limitations, coaches/mini buses of 8 metres in length or less are permitted to use the car park. Coaches/buses of 9 metres are required to undertake a trial on site first, to confirm that the vehicle can negotiate the tight turning circles and if approved the vehicle may use the car park to drop off and collect passengers only, and will not be permitted to park during the group visit.

Access restrictions

Access to Maeshowe is via a 12 metre length narrow passageway measuring 1.19 metres high by 0.7 metres wide. Visitors are advised to notify the staff of any physical impairment that may prevent access or difficulty. Visitors are also advised that the Maeshowe chamber can be rather claustrophobic and that staff should be informed prior to entry of any concerns.

Opening arrangements & costs
Month Days Times
25 March - 30 September Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 9.30am to 5pm. Booking in advance is required.
1 October - 24 March Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 10am to 4pm. Booking in advance is required.

Entry by timed ticketing. Visits must be pre-booked by calling 01856 761 606.

Closed 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January.

Very occasionally a property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check our closure page for any unexpected site closures. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

Admission Prices

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

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Orkney Explorer Pass is the ideal way to enjoy the fantastic heritage offered on Orkney.


Tel 01856 761 606

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