Ness Battery

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Ness Battery, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3EL

    Now open for guided tours, Ness Battery is a remarkable relic of Orkney's wartime past. The tour includes the the mess hall, featuring the famous painted mural. This is a brand new attraction for Orkney, and one not to be missed!

    Ness Battery has been described as one of the best preserved wartime sites in Britain. This gun battery was operational in both world wars, defending the western approaches to Scapa Flow from enemy attack. Now open to the public, you can visit Ness Battery as part of a guided tour and see for yourself the concrete emplacements that once held the 6-inch guns, the impressive command post, and the remarkable mess hall, featuring the famous painted mural. Come and see the only gun battery in Britain that still has its wooden huts, and experience Orkney in wartime.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2016
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 09:00 17:00
    Tuesday 09:00 17:00
    Wednesday 09:00 17:00
    Thursday 09:00 17:00
    Friday 09:00 17:00
    Saturday 09:00 17:00
    Sunday 09:00 17:00

    The 'opening' times above are when tours are available - visits to Ness Battery are by guided tour only at set times.
    We usually run tours 4-5 days a week during the summer. Please phone 07759 857298, email us or check website for latest times.

    Ticket Information
    Adult £6.00 per ticket
    Child (5-15) £4.00 per ticket
    Concessions (senior/student) £5.00 per ticket
    Family Ticket (Two adults, up to three under-16s) £16.00 per ticket

    We offer a group discounts of 10% for groups of 11 or more, when paying together.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Children Welcome We welcome children at Ness Battery but they must be supervised at all times due to the nature of the site.


    • Coastal Location
    • Town Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome We welcome coach parties, but by arrangement only.
    • Dogs Welcome Dogs on leads are welcome at Ness Battery.
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome


    • Level Access With care, Ness Battery is accessible to most visitors. Please do contact us if you have any special requirements or queries.
    • No Smoking Permitted

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque


    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Parking
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Transport within Scotland

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    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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