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  • Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
    Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
  • Traditional handcrafts at Unst Heritage Centre
    Traditional handcrafts at Unst Heritage Centre

Explore Shetland's wonderful array of arts and culture attractions and discover the unique cultural identity of the islands.

View examples of stunning traditional Shetland boats modeled on early Viking versions at the Shetland Museum, while the smallest kind of fishing boat, constructed using design and techniques inherited from the Norse, can be seen at the Unst Boat Haven at Haroldswick.

For demonstrations of spinning and knitting, head to Shetland Textile Museum in the Böd of Gremista, Lerwick. Admire the extensive collection of over 500 knitted or woven items at this one of its kind museum dedicated to the islands’ textile heritage.

Did you know you can also get involved in the creative process and have a go at hand spinning wool at the Unst Heritage Centre? Not only a source of inspiring information about the isles' history, but also home to a fine exhibition depicting crafting, fishing, geology as well as information on family history.

If you’re looking for some arts and crafts, follow the great Craft Trail which outlines where Shetland’s studios and workshops are based, and watch the traditional skills used to produce fine crafts. Pick up a leaflet from a VisitScotland Information Centre and find everything from textile to photography, with a warm welcome at each stop.

To learn more about culture of this fascinating region, head to the Shetland Storytelling Society and listen to the folklore favourite about Vikings and trowie tales. The group regales audience at many local festivals and events across the isles, including the Flavour of Shetland and beyond.

For other music, dance and theatre performances visit Mareel, an art venue and creative industries centre. Enjoy a live music gig, take part in learning activities, or listen to some inspiring talks.

To take full advantage of Shetland’s inspirational natural and built landscape, why not join a travelling art workshop with Blue Sky Studio? Brush up your artistic skills in various fantastic locations across Shetland.

To discover other fantastic arts and culture attractions in Shetland, take a look through the information listings provided and start planning a visit today.

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  1. The Garrison Theatre

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    Theatre

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    Lerwick

    Welcome to The Garrison Theatre.

  2. Bonhoga Gallery

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    Galleries

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Central Mainland

    Art lovers should whet the appetite with a visit to the Bonhoga Gallery at Weisdale Mill, the most northerly gallery in the UK.

  3. Mareel

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    Events Venue

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    Lerwick

    The UK's most northerly music, cinema, & creative industries centre.

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Whalsay

    Welcome to Whalsay Heritage & Community Centre (SCIO)

  5. Quendale Watermill, Visitor Centre & Craft Shop

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Quendale Watermill is a beautifully restored 19th century overshot watermill complete with visitor centre and café.

  6. Unst Heritage Centre

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    Exhibitions

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    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Shetland

    Visit Unst Heritage Centre in Haroldswick and discover the unique story of Unst, the northernmost island in the UK.

  7. Up Helly Aa Exhibition

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    Exhibitions

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    Lerwick

    Visit the Up Helly Aa Exhibition and discover all about Shetland’s unique Up Helly Aa tradition, which can be traced back to the 1880s.

  8. Hoswick Visitor Centre

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    Exhibitions

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    South Mainland

    Head to the Hoswick Visitor Centre near to Sandwick and discover the areas unique heritage and a fascinating collection of wireless radios.

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