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Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

One of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe, part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae lies near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill. Skara Brae is the best-preserved group of prehistoric houses in western Europe.

Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the site presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago.

Visitors can experience a vivid impression of the realities of a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone bed enclosures, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.

An informative visitor centre provides touch-screen presentations, fact-finding quizzes for children and adults, and an opportunity to see artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations in the 1970s.

There is a cafe (which may have restricted opening hours in the winter) and a well-stocked gift shop selling locally-made souvenirs and crafts.

Skara Brae is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

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  • Skara Brae is one of a group of extraordinary Neolithic monuments collectively recognised by UNESCO as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.
  • Nine houses survive and, apart from house 7, all can be viewed from the walkway.
  • The replica house – enter a complete house and explore it from the inside.
Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Orkney
Postcode: KW16 3LR

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.45pm)

1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

Admission prices

Entry to Skara Brae and Skaill House (Apr-Oct)
Adult £7.10, Child £4.30, Concession £5.70

Entry to Skara Brae only (Nov-Mar)
Adult £6.10, Child £3.70, Concession £4.90

Events at Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

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4 October 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

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The Other Mary Exhibition

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Music Through the Ages

Edinburgh Castle

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