Visit Us / B O O K

We are delighted to be back on site to welcome you to Sumburgh Head. The Visitor Centre is open Sunday-Thursday from 26 July to 20 August, 10am-5pm with last entry at 4.30pm.

Staff will be out on site and stationed in the Gift Shop to talk to you about what you can see and do, and the shop, Visitor Centre and toilets are all open. For your comfort and safety, new social distancing and safety measures are in place. Find out more in What to expect when you Visit.


We rely entirely on ticket sales and donations for the upkeep of the site.  Purchasing a ticket gives access to all the indoor elements of the visitor experience. We have reduced the ticket prices for this short 2020 season, to encourage you to come and enjoy the full Sumburgh experience. Tickets are valid for any one day and bookable in advance at TheLittleBoxOffice or in the Ticket Office and Gift Shop, located next to the Engine Room.
Now more than ever we need you support.  Please consider making a donation for the upkeep of these facilities, which receive no public funding.  Donating online is very simple and even benfits from Gift Aid.  Thank you for your support.


2020 ticket prices are:

  • Adults: £4
  • Child/Concession: £2
  • Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children): £10
  • Under fives: free

Tickets are non-transferrable



Your Sumburgh Head ticket provides access to the indoor visitor attraction areas of the Engine Room, Smiddy, Marine Life Centre and East Radar Hut.  All outdoor areas are freely accessible at all times of year.  Visitors are reminded not to drive up to the top of the Head unless they require use of the disabled parking spaces or are dropping off visitors who are unable to make the walk up.

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve restorations were carried out in full compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and all effort has been made to ensure that access is provided wherever possible to visitors with a disabilty. The Ticket Office and Gift Shop, Engine Room, Smiddy and Stevenson Centre are level access areas.  The Marine Life Centre has a lift to take visitors between the two levels. Access is also possible to the upper part of the outdoor space via the track road behind the buildings.  Paths have been provided between the Foghorn Tower and the Radar Hut, however due to the topography of the landscape, these are stepped in places so may not be suitable for wheelchair use. 

Access to the Foghorn Tower has been improved with the addition of a spiral staircase with handrail. The Tower and the East Radar Hut are only accessible by steps.


Parking in the lower car park Parking in the lower car park Free public car and bus parking is available in the car park.  Spaces for disabled drivers are also provided here, with an additional two disabled spaces available next to the Lighthouse Buildings at the top of the hill.  These upper spaces are restricted to visitors who are not able to make the walk up the hill and other visitors are asked to have consideration for these drivers.  There is additional parking at the west end of the Lighthouse buildings, specifically for guests staying in the self-catering accommodation.


customer Toilets

Accessible customer toilets are provided in the Stevenson Centre building. These are open during standard opening times – 10.00am-5.00pm daily and will be checked and cleaned regularly during the day.

Please consider leaving a donation for the upkeep of these facilities, which receive no public funding



Unfortunately,  Katja's Cakes is unable to be on site this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but ice creams are available for purchase in our Gift Shop.