Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Sumburgh

Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Visitors can explore the grounds of Jarlshof, but our visitor centre and facilities are currently closed. 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 history of the site.
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ian1811
Scotland, UK447 contributions
Well worth it.
Oct 2021
Great place to visit to see how people lived at different times throughout history.
The visitor centre was shut when we were there, but you can go around and in some of the structures.
Written October 20, 2021
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Boris_the_Bold99
Edinburgh, UK93 contributions
Whow!
Oct 2021
What a fascinating place, with an amazing range of Iron Age & Viking stone dwellings, including a broch and an amazing 'Wheel House', all on the one compact site, with great views of Sumburgh Head and the Ness of Burgi) - definitely a 'Must See' for visitors to Shetland
Written October 13, 2021
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albanywanderer
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Mystical atmosphere, fascinating place
Sep 2021
It was foggy when we visited which gave it a very mystical atmosphere and it has a fascinating history.
Written September 28, 2021
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Ricky K
Edinburgh, UK8 contributions
Jarlshof
Sep 2021 • Family
This is a fantastic place to go, my oldest was learning about the vikings at school when we visited. She didn't stop talking about jarlshoff for weeks.
Written September 19, 2021
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amani b
Manchester, UK7 contributions
Fun to explore
Aug 2021 • Family
This place is really cool, it doesn’t look much at first but once you walk in there is lots to explore. Really fun for kids, lots of books and crannies to crawl through, and amazing that these ancient homes are still partly intact.
Written August 28, 2021
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H L
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK161 contributions
A unique site, a must to visit.
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is an astonishing site clearly identifying all the different millenia of occupation from Neolithic times onwards.
The fact that you can actually walk round and inside these structures gives you a fascinating insight into the construction, engineering and community aspects.
It was very windy when we visited, but once inside the wheelhouse construction it was completely sheltered.
A truly remarkable collection of buildings, highly recommended.
Written August 21, 2021
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK767 contributions
Thousands of years of history all in one site
Aug 2021
What a fascinating place! Jarlshof was continually occupied for 4000+ years and the site has been carefully excavated and presented to allow you to experience how life here changed over that large period of human history. There are helpful information points throughout the site, particularly useful when we visited, when the visitors' centre is closed due to Covid.
I particularly liked the wheelhouse and seeing the various quern stones, but the whole site is well worth exploring at your leisure - it is brilliant that you are allowed to wander pretty freely, especially in the broch and wheelhouse areas.
An absolute must if you are at all interested in history!
Written August 16, 2021
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Jefre N
Bath, UK92 contributions
Very Interesting
Aug 2021 • Couples
We toured Jarlshof with Kittywake Tours. We had a great time learning about this site. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in history/anthropology.
Written August 12, 2021
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Flisseagles
Fife, UK33 contributions
Interesting historic site
Jul 2021 • Business
Really interesting historic site. Nice that your not restricted where you go. Beautiful views from here to. Ticket office etc currently closed so you can’t watch the video or get refreshments. But you can still get in for free while there closed
Written August 8, 2021
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Judy S
Harrogate, UK74 contributions
A 'must' if you're interested in Shetland history.
Jul 2021
This really is a must if you're on Mainland Shetland! It's a really interesting peice of history and a very well excavated site. Although the visitors centre wasn't open, there are information boards dotted around the site to give you an idea what you're looking at.
Written August 3, 2021
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