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Maeshowe

Ireland Rd, Stenness KW16 3LB, Scotland
+44 1856 851266
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Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings in north-west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering. This chambered tomb, which sits on a platform encircled by a ditch, is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney's people some 5,000 years ago. If you visit in midwinter - and the skies are clear - you can witness the central chamber illuminated by a shaft of light from the setting sun. Maeshowe's unique story continued with it was broken into about 1,000 years ago by Norsemen. They left their mark in the astonishing runic graffiti, alongside the stunning 'Maeshowe Lion' carving. Visits are by guided tour only. Tours depart from the new Maeshowe Visitor Centre (at Stenness), postcode KW16 3LB. Tours are hourly and start at 10am with the last tour at 4pm. All visits must be booked in advance to guarantee entry. This also applies to Historic Scotland members and Explorer/Orkney Pass holders, but entry is free as normal.
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“viking graffiti” (67 reviews)
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“guided tour” (55 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ireland Rd, Stenness KW16 3LB, Scotland
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+44 1856 851266
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"viking graffiti"
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"book in advance"
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"winter solstice"
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"burial chamber"
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"entrance tunnel"
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"main chamber"
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"maes howe"
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"historic scotland"
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"setting sun"
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"shuttle bus"
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"chambered tomb"
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"time slot"
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"car park"
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"visitor center"
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"ring of brodgar"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We booked in advance as this is a well known site and the tours will therefore be well subscribed to. As we had done this we had no organisational issues as some reviewers seem to have. The staff at the visitor centre were well-informed and...More

6  Thank scott_ohara
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was in Orkney for 2 weeks and due to our schedule this was one of the last things we did. We tried for a week to book and could not get on the booking system but no notification of any problems. We went to...More

Thank Angela M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This neolithic site is fascinating. Take the guided tour from the Maes Howe Centre. See the Pict and Viking graffiti that was left here about 1000 years ago. A Must See site. Highly recommended

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful tour of an intriguing sight. Tour guide was very informative and the history is astounding.

Thank J Douglas S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All tourists to Orkney go here and its a small place so Historic Scotland manage the numbers with time slots. Access is only with one of their guides and they bus you in from the centre a bit away. Actually not a bad way to...More

Thank hilarymunro
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I know, I know, yet another neolithic site in Orkney. You find them littering the landscape here, so what could be new about this one? The answer is, “go and see”. Yes, it’s a lump on the landscape, but a big one. Yes, you can...More

1  Thank jujutu
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The previous reviews have said it all really. Having been to Orkney several times we have seen almost all the Neolithic history but we think Maes Howe must be one of, if not the best of all. Our guide, Sarah, was clear, knowledgeable and amusing...More

Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing historic site. It dates to before the Pyramids and that blows you away. You have to be reasonably agile to walk along the 10 metre passageway that is only 1 metre high. But if you make the effort you will be...More

Thank Dannykimweed
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tomb of Maeshowe is part of the World Heritage site od Neolithic Orkney comprising the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness, The Barnhouse village, the Ness of Brodgar and others. It's a burial tomb from over 4000 years ago complete with Viking graffitti....More

Thank Monkeys_Mum_and_Dad
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Orkney before and didn’t visit this historical attraction, finally went today and realised it was far more interesting than I thought it would be. Booked on line in the morning for an afternoon visit. Staff at visitor centre friendly and helpful....More

1  Thank EMELeicestershire
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Anna C
15 April 2017|
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Response from cjdwan08 | Reviewed this property |
The pier workers were able to call a taxi for me so that shouldn't be an issue. The taxi would need to take you to Skara Brae as that is where tours of Maeshowe are booked (Skara Brae is also EXTREMELY worth seeing). The... More
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DavidsonProf
20 March 2017|
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Response from Mary C | Reviewed this property |
You will have to get in touch with Orkney Tourist Board in Kirkwall. I don't have the answer to your questions as I drive myself around the mainland! Good luck and have a great trip !!
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duncan m
20 February 2017|
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in my dotage traffic light may be the answer
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