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Kilmartin House Museum

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Address: Kilmartin PA31 8RQ , Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1546 510278
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Description: There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the...
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.
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Scotland's pre-history - cairns, henges, cists, cup and ring circles is proving increasingly fascinating and this museum certainly helps the cause. Compact, but well laid out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Scotland's pre-history - cairns, henges, cists, cup and ring circles is proving increasingly fascinating and this museum certainly helps the cause. Compact, but well laid out and so informative. And in places, interactive with, amongst other things, the opportunity for children to grind corn (or as we say in the overcrowded South, make as much noise as possible banging one... More 

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

Thankyou for your review - sounds as if you encountered particularly enthusiastic visitors! It isn't always like that - maybe that four year old will be an archaeologist of the future. Thanks for your good wishes for the redevelopment plans. More 

Forres, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A group of adults visited here and what a fascinating place. I usually mutter 'I do not understand this stuff!!' but Kilmartin Museum is very well laid out and has many easily understood information boards. I wish we had more time to do the walk but that is just another excuse to go and visit Kilmartin again. Don't miss out... More 

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

Glad your group enjoyed their visit to Kilmartin Museum. Our guided walks (on Wednesday afternoons from Easter to September) are very popular and add another dimension to a visit to Kilmartin Glen. Hope you can visit again. More 

Carlisle, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

nice small museum, family friendly, full of history of the area, nice little shop and cafe overlooking a huge cairn.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to expand our museum and facilities in the future so that it can better reflect and represent the importance of the archaeology of Kilmartin Glen. More 

London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is still the best museumforunderstanding landscape in the world- a place to visit and then go out and explore-The museum has the best shop I know anywhere full of lovely local goods and art pieces as well as quality information - and kids stuff too- lovely staff lovely restaurant- the only downside is that the brilliant introductory film -... More 

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

Thanks for your very enthusiastic review. Like you, some visitors loved the film but unfortunately many more were deeply unimpressed. It was starting to show its age and the technology for showing it was also outdated and frequently caused problems so the decision was made to retire the film. Hope its absence won't stop you visiting again! More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Home cooking, when done well, should feel like a treat and make you feel at home at the same time. The food was great and the people were nice. I look forward to visiting again in the spring. The kilmartin museum celebrates somewhere special, yet mostly overlooked. But I urge you to investigate, as this is a very special place... More 

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

What a lovely cheerful, enthusiastic review! Our cafe staff very much appreciate your feedback so thankyou very much - we look forward to seeing you again when we re-open for the 2015 season. More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

this little museum unfolds several thousands of years of story ... connecting the traveller with those who have travelled before ... The Museum itself is 3-4 rooms that touch on the 6000 yrs of local history from early visitors to current students; The museum holds touchstone exhibits so a visitor can know what to look out for as they spend... More 

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

Thankyou for your review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and that it enhanced your visit to the monuments in Kilmartin Glen. Although the museum is not large, it is a gateway to the fantastic wealth of archaeology in the area. More 

Long Stratton, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Having visited some of the standing stones in the fields below Kilmartin, we thought it would be a good idea to look in at the museum. It is very imaginatively set up - and includes more contemporary art works including film and sound shows (if you like that sort of thing). I'm not convinced it was as child-friendly as it... More 

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

Thanks for your review. Some visitors comment that the museum is aimed too much towards children and others that it is too highbrow for children so it is difficult to strike a balance which will please everyone. Regarding the charges, we are a small charitable trust with limited funding from the public purse so we have to make a charge... More 

Thornton-le-Dale, England, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Beware...charged £10.80 for pot of tea for two, one cheese scone and one date & ginger slice. Couldn't see a price list, so couldn't check. Online menu states tea £1.90 per person.......mmh, £7 for two buns, nice, fantastic setting, but real!!

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

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Unfortunately, it does appear that you were overcharged for your scone and date and ginger slice with a pot of tea for two which should have cost no more than £8.05. It looks as if you may have been wrongly charged for an additional slice of cake. We will look into making... More 

Largs, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
50 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

We visited after being to a few of the "stones" on the way from Crinan. Archie our dog had enjoyed the run around when visiting but once at the museum he had to stay in the car. Was pretty good and interesting but rather expensive at £5. Also the woman behind the desk was very "cold", not helpful, and most... More 

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

Thankyou for taking the time to write a review of our museum. Your comments came as something of a surprise as our visitors are usually very complimentary about the welcome and helpful nature of all of our staff who are committed to providing the best service they can. For the protection of the exhibits and comfort of our other visitors... More 

Seabeck, Washington, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a great museum that gives an overview of the many ancient sites in this area-who might have lived here and how they lived. Give yourself about an hour...

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

Thankyou for writing a review of your visit to Kilmartin Museum. The museum is not large but it is the gateway to the glen and its enormously important archaeological remains and hopefully arms you with the information to get the most from your visit. Hope you can visit again. More 

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