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Kilmartin House Museum

Kilmartin PA31 8RQ , Scotland
+44 1546 510278
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Kilmartin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, Argyll: 150 of them are prehistoric. This... more » Owner description: There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, Argyll: 150 of them are prehistoric. This extraordinary concentration and diversity of monuments distinguishes the Kilmartin Glen as an area of outstanding archaeological importance. It is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes. Kilmartin House Museum is an award winning world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation established to protect, investigage and interpret this internationally important archaeological landscape and the artefacts that have been found here. At this unique and vibrant centre you can also see ‘The Valley of Ghosts’ audio-visual – a time travelling experience with breath taking imagery and haunting music. There is an on site shop and an award winning cafe. To find out more, explore our web site, wander through our interactive map and see what's on our Events Programme. « less
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Neede, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Nice to go to, not to big so you have it done within an hour if you just want to pick things out of your interest. If you are in the neighborhood, check it out. But don't forget to go to the ancient sites nearby! Well worth the energy and time to check them out!

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York, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Lots of info about Kilmartin and the surrounding area. Good displays, excellent coffee shop (with yurt). Good shop with history books. Helped us find lots of archeology locally and had a bargain day out.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The café at this museum was fantastic - 100% recommendation! The museum itself is fairly good - it starts off well with lots of interactive activities for children (and adults!) and a truly fantastic timeline which places Kilmartin in context both historically and geographically, detailing the fluctuations in sea level, biodiversity, and human development throughout millennia and across continents -... More

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. It is always helpful to hear what didn't please our visitors as much as what did. We are currently working hard towards a major development of the museum which will enable us to improve our displays and interpretation. Your visit helps to support that work so thankyou very much. More

Syracuse, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were introduced to the ancient history of the Scottish people at the Kilmartin House Museum. The history is complete and well illustrated. The education we gained made the long walk to view the standing stones, henge monument and burial cairns deeply meaningful. The walk is not difficult, but we would have enjoyed hiking shoes and water bottles. Scenic vistas.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of your visit to the museum and glen - glad to hear you enjoyed it and learned about the history of the area. The cairns and monuments in Kilmartin Glen are easily accessible on foot but as you say, having sturdy footwear and a water bottle is probably a good idea. More

London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We visited this as we had been advised that it was great for children. Although the cafe was brilliant (see my other review) the museum was a disappointment. The area is full of standing stones, burial chambers and cairns, and these are worth visiting, but don't bother with the museum. It is mostly just info panels, and the text is... More

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I'm sorry you were disappointed with the museum. Reading through all the reviews, there is a huge variety in how visitors respond to what we offer. We will check out the interactive elements and make sure they are as they should be. More

Forfar, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed ourvisit here. Very interesting local history with real life visual aids. The girl on the desk in the shop was really lovely, helpful and friendly. She definately deserves credit for all her help and knowledge.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review and positive comments about the Museum and the service you received in the shop/reception. We will be sure to pass your comments on. More

Liverpool
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My second visit to this small museum located in an area steeped in history. Lots of objects displayed in an informative context telling the story of the area where cairns and standing stones can be found within a short walk.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

It's always good when people return to the Museum and even better when they write a review for us so thankyou very much and we hope to see you again. More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Definitely worth a visit to this small interesting museum explaining the pre history of the region. You can book a 2 hr walking tour of the area from the museum or do your own tour by parking in the designated car parks in the area and walking to the monuments. We ate in the restaurant and the food was very... More

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of your experience visiting Kilmartin Museum and Café. Our guided walks are on Wednesday afternoons starting from the museum at 1.30 pm and led by experienced and enthusiastic volunteers. The walks are free but we are always happy to receive donations! More

Congleton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The museum areas is relatively small but all the exhibits are well signed and interpreted. The museum concentrates on pre-history and I certainly learned a fair amount. The cafe provided an excellent and varied choice of freshly prepared food.

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your visit to Kilmartin Museum and Café. Glad you enjoyed your visit. More

Austin, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This museum was amazing and very informative throughout. Each section was laid out in a time-line series with detailed descriptions, locational pictures, and artifacts from each time period. It was one of the best museums that I've ever had a chance to experience. As a former archaeologist, it was wonderful to see history represented in a very user-friendly format. And... More

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KilmartinHouseMuseum, Manager at Kilmartin House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your enthusiastic review and kind comments - I'm glad it met the needs of two generations in one go and that you enjoyed your visit. More

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