Lerwick’s picturesque town centre sits on the waterfront at Victoria Pier where many of the ships will berth during their time in port.The town has a long and interesting history. Records begin around 1625 when the town began to develop and the area was used as a trading point by Dutch fishermen. It has continued to develop as a trading, social and cultural hub with a wonderful variety of small independent businesses offering goods and services. Accommodation, food and drink are all available from a range of hospitable cafes, bars, restaurants and takeaways with fresh local produce a feature on the menu at many places. It is possible to find a place to eat or drink in Lerwick from 7am to 1am daily. Along the waterfront from the town centre, Lerwick’s ‘Cultural Quarter’ sits on the water’s edge at Hay’s Dock – Lerwick’s oldest working dock. Shetland Museum and Archives and arts venue and cinema, Mareel, are both situated here and open to the public. They will host events and activities during the Tall Ships Races event in July 2023.

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