Klädesholmen today

The community Klädesholmen, with a bridge connection from Tjörn, is today a place that is loved by many for its unique, dense building of smaller wooden houses and small narrow alleys. The number of year-rounders has obviously declined over the years – but in the summer people come from all over Sweden to enjoy the sun, salt bath, good food and boating. By own boat or ferry, you will quickly reach many other islands with a fishing background such as Åstol. There is much to experience at Klädesholmen and not least other parts of Tjörn.

Klädesholmen then

The 16th century herring period was the first with greater economic significance for Bohuslän. When the bishop Jens Nilsen made his visit in 1594, it had just ended. At that time the Central port for herring trade and export was Marstrand, and it is easy to understand what significance this had for Klädesholmen, as the nearest fishing village.

The great herring period between 1748-1808 is fundamental in the development of Klädesholmen. At most, nearly 1000 people lived on this small island. There were huge quantities caught. In only a year in the 18th century, around 250,000 tonnes of herring could be collected – as much as the entire Swedish fishing fleet fished in the mid-1960s.

Kroksdalsvägen 1
47180 Skärhamn
Tel 0304-60 10 16, Fax 0304-60 10 19
E-mail: turistbyran@tjorn.se

Opening hours

Monday – Thursday 8.00-19.00
Friday 8.00-17.00
Saturday – Sunday 11.00-15.00

Tjörn runt

Society Day, Klädesholmen

Klädesholmen herring museum

Pater noster

Nordiska akvarellmuseet – Skärhamn

Salt & sill

Restaurang Vatten – Skärhamn

Åstols rökeri

The museum, housed in PK’s old factory, shows the unique industrial environment that Klädesholmen represents. Here you can see how it happened when boats from Klädesholmen visited almost all Swedish ports to sell different fish and herring products. This sale from the boats was succeeded by the canning industry at Klädesholmen, which produces 40% of all Swedish preserves. You can also see how the fishing boats came in with common ling from Shetland and how it was prepared before it became Stockfish (Lutfisk). In total there are five canning museums in the world, of which only the half-conservation method is available at Klädesholmen. Here is an epoch in the canning industry, which spans the period 1920-1960, a time when the canning industry and the fishery provided jobs and livelihood for most of the island.

Visiting address: Strandgatan 12B, 471 51 Klädesholmen. For more information visit the website.

A gallery with photos from Klädesholmen, all taken by our own photographer Joachim Bråse.