Step back 5,000 years to explore one of Europe's best-preserved prehistoric settlements.

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The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae lies near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill. Skara Brae is the best-preserved group of prehistoric houses in western Europe.

Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the site presents a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago.

Visitors can experience a vivid impression of the realities of a prehistoric village and see ancient homes fitted with stone bed enclosures, dressers and seats. A replica construction allows visitors to fully understand the interior of a prehistoric house.

An informative visitor centre provides touch-screen presentations, fact-finding quizzes for children and adults, and an opportunity to see artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations in the 1970s.

There is a cafe (which may have restricted opening hours in the winter) and a well-stocked gift shop selling locally-made souvenirs and crafts.

Skara Brae is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

During the summer months access to Skaill House is included in the ticket price.

Other Details

Summer opening times: 09:30 - 17:30 (last admission 4.45pm)

Skara Brae Only Winter opening times / Prices: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 (Last admission at 15:15).

Adult £7.50, Child £5.40, Concession £6.00

The café will be open daily throughout October 10:00-15:00. (Café 01856 841886)

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