Historic Scilly

Richard Webber's house, Samson, Adam WhiteRichard Webber's house, Samson, Adam White

The archaeology of Scilly is internationally important - the many various remains scattered across the islands tell the story of at least four thousand years of human occupation.

The Isles of Scilly hold the greatest density of Bronze Age remains anywhere in the world and English Heritage has identified more than 300 sites as Scheduled Ancient Monuments. 

The island of Samson (the largest of the uninhabited islands) is particularly important - experts can track occupation there from the prehistoric period through to post medieval times and thousands of visitors are drawn to visit each year by the romance of the uninhabited island, where nineteen ruined buildings remain.

The islands provide a superb visual illustration of the past for visitors and researchers.  Why not visit the Isles of Scilly Museum, on St Mary's to find out more about the islands' past? http://www.iosmuseum.org/ 

A careful balance is required to ensure that wildlife is not disturbed and has space to thrive. For this reason certain uninhabited islands are closed on a permanent basis or during bird and seal breeding seasons. Please note that use of metal detectors is not permitted anywhere on the Isles of Scilly.

For further information about some of Scilly's special sites visit English Heritage's Find Places to Visit page.