Historic attractions in Orkney

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  • People admiring the Broch of Gurness, Evie
    Broch of Gurness, Evie
  • The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney
    The Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall
    Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall
  • Skara Brae, Sandwick
    Skara Brae, Sandwick
  • St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
    St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

Orkney is home to remarkable history attractions, none more significant than the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The UNESCO site is made up of four seperate historic sites which you can visit - Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe and the Stones of Stenness.

Visit a number of religious buildings from the cathedral built by a Viking earl in honour of his uncle, to a chapel built in a nissen hut by Italian Prisoners of War. See inside the island's finest mansion and admire family heirlooms or walk around one of the most outstanding surviving examples of an Iron Age village.

You can also explore a number of museums in Orkney - see the Neolithic carving of the Westray Stone, hear stories from both World Wars and Orkney's involvement, or follow the islands' timeline from Neolithic times right through to the present day.

Explore a number of exciting and unrivalled history attractions in Orkney.

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  1. St Magnus Cathedral

    Type

    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.

  2. Banks Chambered Tombs

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Welcome to Banks Chambered Tombs.

  3. Skaill House

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dounby

    See inside the finest mansion in Orkney and experience 5,000 years of history at Skaill House.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Ronaldsay

    Enjoy a unique hands-on link to the past. Visitor Centre talks, displays & artefacts guide you through 6000 years of Orkney's pre-history since the last Ice Age. Stunning coastal walk. Gift shop, hot drinks, snacks & picnic area.

  5. The Pier Arts Centre

    Type

    Arts Centres

    Gradings

    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

  6. Stromness Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 2 Museum
    2 Museum

    Stromness

    Get a glimpse of Orkney’s natural history and maritime past at this museum which sports a unique collection of artifacts.

  7. Churchill Barriers

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    South Ronaldsay

    These four causeways were built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak while it lay at harbour in Scapa Flow in October 1939.

  8. Gradings

    Stenness

    One of the most famous sites in Orkney.

  9. Ness of Brodgar

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Stenness

    The Ness of Brodgar is the excavation of a massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings on an unparalleled scale –best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s Neolithic Cathedral’.

  10. Brough of Birsay

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Birsay

    The Brough of Birsay features the remains of a busy complex of Pictish, Norse and later settlements around Birsay Bay.

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