Visit the Archaeological site of Jarlshof


The Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlements are one of the most important and intriguing archaeological sites in the British Isles. What makes this site so unique is that it covers more than 4,000 years of history from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age to the Norse settlements of the Medieval times. Highlights include Norse longhouses and Iron Age wheelhouses. When Shetland was passed from Norwegian ownershop to Scotland in the 1500’s, Earl Patrick built the ‘Old House of Sumburgh’ which is one of the largest components of the site today. Interestingly, the term ‘Sumburgh’ is Norse for fort.

Jarlshof is open daily throughout the summer, with restricted opening hours in the winter season.