Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

  • Sumburgh, Shetland, ZE3 9JN

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In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.


Visitors can use the level gravel car park of the Sumburgh Hotel.

A third party, The Sumburgh Hotel, will charge a separate fee for coach parking. You are unable to remain parked on site after your allocated timeslot expires. If you arrive out-with your timeslot, entry to the site cannot be guaranteed. Please contact out ticketing team (ticketing@hes.scot) prior to booking. Please note coach park bookings are required 7 days a week.

Approach to site

The site is down a steep, 8m-long ramp and 150m along a wide grass drive, which ends in a level gravel path. 


The paths around the site are gravel, and bound stone. There are level changes and protruding archaeological remains. Some of the Iron Age buildings have narrow (50cm) and low entrances.

Access to the wheelhouse is down very uneven stone steps (no handrail).

The top of the laird’s house is reached via a modern, metal spiral staircase (with handrail).


There are no toilets on site.

Nearest adapted toilet is at:

Sumburgh Airport


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Jarlshof, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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Opening times

1 to 28 Apr:
Daily except Sun 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4pm).

29 Apr  to 30 Sept:
Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4pm).

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Sun & Mon, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm).
Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

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