Welcome to the Italian Chapel website

The Italian Chapel is on the island of Lamb Holm, which is linked to the Orkney Mainland by the first Churchill Barrier.

This lovely chapel is known as the Italian Chapel because it was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War Two. Five hundred men were housed at Camp 60 on Lamb Holm, having been sent to Orkney to help build the Churchill Barriers.

The men had very little to work with when creating the Chapel, other than two old nissen huts, unwanted scrap and some concrete.  It is quite astounding what they created - a truly unique and wonderful place, which is an unforgettable inspiration to all those who visit it.

If you would like to visit the Italian Chapel booking is advisable, however every effort will be made to accommodate all visitors.

To make a booking please telephone 01856 781580 during opening hours (available 5 April onwards).

Admission is £3.00 per person, with free entry to those 12 and under.

Opening hours:

  • Mid March, April and October 10-4pm and Sunday 12-3pm.
  • June, July, August 9-6pm, 7 days a week.
  • May, September 9-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm.
  • November, December, January, February until mid March 11-2pm, 6 days a week, closed on Sundays.

Web: www.italianchapel.co.uk

Email: orkneyitalianchapel@gmail.com


inside the italian chapel

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