Skara Brae Prehistoric Village - Historic Scotland

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When a wild storm on Orkney in 1850 exposed the ruins of ancient dwellings, Skara Brae, the best preserved prehistoric village in northern Europe, was discovered. The excavated farming settlement dates back 5000 years. Within the stone walls of the dwellings – separated by passages – are stone beds, dressers, seats and boxes for provisions, recesses for personal possessions, and a hearth where dried heather, bracken or seaweed was burned. A replica house has been created next to the site and many original artefacts found at Skara Brae (part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site) are displayed in the visitor centre, which has a café. There is also a shop featuring many products created in Orkney.

Venue Type:

Museum, Prehistoric site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Open All Year.

Closed Sun mornings in winter.

Admission charges

Summer: Adult £5.00 Child £1.30 Concessions £3.75
Winter: Skara Brae only) Adult £4.00 Child £1.20 Concessions £3.00
Joint ticket with Skaill House in summer.
Friends retail discount not eligible at Skaill House.
Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Additional info

The visitor centre has a ramp entry and is contained on one level. Within the centre there is a tearoom, shop, exhibition area and audio/visual room.
Skara Brae is 400m from the centre and a winding pathway is suitable for visitors using wheelchairs or with limited mobility. There are two wheelchairs available at the visitor centre.
Some external interpretation boards on the monument are accessible and just over half of the site is accessible. Visitors using wheelchairs should be accompanied.
Skaill House is linked to the Skara Brae site by footpaths which can be used by visitors using wheelchairs. The ground floor of the building is full accessible and includes the hallway, three display rooms, a shop and disabled toilet. More mobile visitors can gain access to the upper floor with the help of staff, who are happy to oblige.
Sound loop: in audio visual theatre and at cash till area.
Parking: adjacent to the visitor centre.
Toilets: In visitor centre, wheelchair adapted.

Collection details

Archaeology, Social History

Skara Brae Prehistoric Village - Historic Scotland
Skara Brae Prehistoric Village
Orkney Islands
no postcode



01856 841815

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