Historical attractions in Shetland

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  • Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
    Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
  • Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
    Hoswick Visitor Centre, Mainland
  • Jarlshof
    Jarlshof
  • Old Haa Museum, Burravoe
    Old Haa Museum, Burravoe
  • Quendale Mill
    Quendale Mill

Visit historical attractions in Shetland. From Iron Age brochs and Viking boats to a variety to fascinating museums and castles, step back in time and discover the region’s fascinating history.

Shetland boasts a wealth of archaeological and historical sites. Explore castles, historic buildings and ruins where you can uncover the fascinating past of Shetland and find out about your ancestors, from prehistoric times to the present day.

Sumburgh is home to the remarkable prehistoric and Norse settlement of Jarlshof and Scatness Broch, where you can see an Iron Age broch and village.

Uncover atmospheric castles in Shetland such as Fort Charlotte in Lerwick. Named after George III’s queen, this pentagonal shaped garrison was originally built in 1665 to protect the Sound of Bressay during the Second Anglo-Dutch War.

There are many museums in Shetland where you can learn about its more recent but equally intriguing history. The fascinating Shetland Museum and Archives tells the story of Shetland and its people through the ages. Admire the delicate white lace that has been produced in Shetland since the 19th century, and visit the three-storey Boat Hall to view traditionally crafted boats suspended from the ceiling.

Other local museums well worth a visit include the Crofthouse Museum in Boddam, which offers a fascinating insight into living conditions of Shetlanders from the mid-19th century to the late 1960s. The Tangwick Haa Museum in Eshaness, a former laird’s house, displays a variety of artefacts relating to the history of Northmavine.

Take a look at the listings of historical attractions in Shetland and discover the region’s intriguing past.

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  1. Gradings

    Lerwick

    Explore this pentagonal artillery fort and garrison which was originally built to defend the Sound of Bressay during the Anglo-Dutch wars.

  2. Unst Heritage Centre

    Type

    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.

  3. The Mousa Boat

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Welcome to The Mousa Boat

  4. Scalloway Museum

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    Museums

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    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Shetland

    Welcome to Scalloway Museum

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlements in Shetland are one of the most important and inspirational archaeological sites in Scotland.

  6. Old Haa

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    Museums

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Yell

    17th century lairds house with local/natural history displays, art gallery, tearoom, craft shop and garden.

  7. Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    Lerwick

    Set on the waterfront within a restored 19th century dock in Lerwick, this fascinating museum tells the story of Shetland’s heritage and culture.

  8. Tangwick Haa Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    North Mainland

    Discover the story of Northmavine and its people inside this former laird’s house which dates from the late 1600s.

  9. 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.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Whalsay

    Welcome to Whalsay Heritage & Community Centre (SCIO)

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