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Over 20 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry. Find out more and book now

Historic Scotland

Opening times

We're delighted to welcome you back to the Maeshowe Visitor Centre. The cairn remains closed for now. 

As part of your visit, you will receive a talk bringing Neolithic Orkney and the World Heritage Site back to life.

1 Apr to 24 Dec:  
Daily, 10am to 4pm

29 to 31 Dec:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

5 Jan to 31 Mar: 
Daily, 10am to 4pm

Admission to the Centre is free of charge, but you must book your visit in advance.


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More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

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