Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Sumburgh

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  • Visited this ancient site and found it to be most interesting in that it covered different civilisations from the stone and bronze ages to the time of the Vikings.  more »
  • Substantial remains of 4000 years of continuous history in a remarkable site. In the car of historic Scotland so free entry to EH and HS members. A very good audio guide is included which optionally c...  more »
  • If you interested in history, archaeology, and heritage listed sites then this is the place for you. At this well cared for site there is a mixture of eras. It's easily accessible for those with mobil...  more »
  • We visited during the off-season so the visitor centre was closed, which meant we couldn't get the audio guide to take around the site. However, the rest of the site was open and free to walk around (instead of paying the ~£5 entry fee) and there are some information boards to read. There's so much history to discover at this site and fantastic views of the surrounding area from the top of the spiral staircase in the central building on the hill. We'll definitely be returning sometime when the visitor centre is open so we can learn more from the audio guides.
  • Fascinating place with history of thousands of years of human habitation. You can walk around freely plus there are audio tours. It's in Shetland so it's often windy. You can use the toilets in the Sumburgh hotel, right by the site and get tea and cake too.
  • We went there in the middle of February so we didn't have to pay an entrance fee and we got lucky enough to be alone under a bright blue sunny sky! Our dog was able to frolic around a bit (while we made sure she didn't disturb anything in any way) and we got a good read and some cool photos and learned quite a bit! The beach near by is also lovely if the weather is on your side!
  • Amazing place. lot of history and nice view
  • Amazing place to walk slowly around and take in the full breadth of history

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