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Welcome to the home of the famous Shackleton banjo!


We have to admit to being pretty pleased with the reivew in the June issue of Acoustic magazine of our latest model, the Shackleton Three banjo. It's not good... it's brilliant!

Just to quote a few highlights...

"...the Shackleton proved to be a great little companion, its voice is crisp and precise with a lot of tonal variation on hand, just by adjusting your picking position.

"One of the things I look for when performing those infamous finger rolls on a banjo is tonal consistency between the strings and the Shackleton doesn’t let you down in this quarter at all. In fact everything remained crystal clear throughout my banjo repertoire.

"’re looking at a handmade instrument for just shy of £1k with a four-week delivery. With the sort of quality and service on offer here, I really don’t think you could go wrong."

And for the full review just click this link!


We're delighted to have moved to new premises: a beautiful barn at the heart of a lovely visitor centre on the outskirts of Norwich, Norfolk. You can see The Shackleton Banjo being made on-site in Britain's only banjo factory, and you can browse our range of banjos and banjo accessories, as well as the full range of Shackleton beers and clothing. You can also visit the lovely Courtyard Cafe and Plant Centre, as well as a great little collection of craft-based shops on the same site.

We are open every weekday 10am to 4pm, and most Saturdays too.

We're at Hellesdon Barns, Hellesdon Hall Road, Norwich, NR6 5BB.
Phone: 01603 417903

To avoid any disappointment, it's always a good idea to call or email first before you make a long trip: we're only a small team and we want to be sure that we can give you proper attention. See contact page for full details. See you soon!

The only production banjo manufactured in Great Britain! Order yours today.

The first production banjo to be made in Britain for more than sixty years.

  • Designed in Britain
  • Rims hand-made in Britain
  • Northern Appalachian Rock Maple necks, manufactured, hand fretted and finished in Britain
  • Built and set-up in Britain
  • Superb quality components, including Remo Rennaissance skins and D'Addario strings
  • Choice of Grover Sta-Tite 97 Series  or Schertler Swiss-engineered tuners

Named in honour of the Centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's heroic expedition to the Antarctic – because the banjo that Shackleton took on that trip played a vital role in his epic adventure.

Our highly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign resulted in almost 150 advance orders and achieved 160% of its original target. The Shackleton Banjo is a world-wide phenomenon. Why not order yours today!
See and hear for yourself how good The Shackleton really is!

First with North Carolina old-time virtuoso, playing his brand new Shackleton at the inaugural concert of The Great British Banjo Sessions, in Norwich, England...

And also with the first ever Shackleton customer, John Dow...

VAT-free ordering from outside of European Union

If you are shopping for a British banjo from outside of the EU you can enjoy VAT-free prices. Simply click Add To Bag on any product page and select your country to see the VAT-free price. Make sure to choose your shipping region too to get the correct shipping price.
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