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Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

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Address: Viewforth | Orkney, Burray Village KW17, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1856 731255
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Description: Illustrations bring to life a unique collection of Orkney fossil fish...
Illustrations bring to life a unique collection of Orkney fossil fish. Learn how the landscape formed, find out how the Churchill Barriers were built and uncover local history through everyday objects. The Community Cafe at the Fossil and Heritage Centre serves good home-made food, a range of hearty soups, local produce and delicious home-bakes in a warm and friendly environment with lovely views. Well-stocked gift shop selling books, toys, fossils, jewellery, Orkney music CDs and a wide range of locally made crafts. Free wi-fi available NEW this season only - fossils from Hgula, Lebanon
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Great little museum and tea room

I love little museums where items are neatly displayed and explained. This one fills the bill. We thoroughly enjoyed all that was on offer. Be sure to see the displays upstairs as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
TravlinWee
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Aiken, SC
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We (family all adults) visited this museum after seeing the Italian Chapel during our recent trip to Orkney. The bus driver on X1 didn't know where it was, so be prepared with instructions and/or a map. It is on the left just after the 3rd Churchill Barrier and there is a notice sign 1 mile before on the right. The... More 

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Aiken, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I love little museums where items are neatly displayed and explained. This one fills the bill. We thoroughly enjoyed all that was on offer. Be sure to see the displays upstairs as well. Tea and shortbread was an added attraction! In addition, the staff and volunteers seemed genuinely pleased to welcome us!

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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

we were impressed by the fossil collection and the natural history collection too.friendly staff and a lovely small tearoom with reasonable prices and menu too.

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This small museum has a great section on fossils and geology with an Orcadian history collection upstairs and also an exhibition on the nearby Churchill Barriers. Attached is a community-run cafe with a well-priced menu and some local produce also on sale. Ideally situated if you are on your way to the summer-only Burwick ferry to John O'Groats, visiting the... More 

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North London UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

It is hard to add anything more to what previous reviewers have said. This is a wonderful small museum with and excellent geological and fossil collection on one floor, and a historic Orkney collection on the floor above. It is easy to spend a couple of hours here just wandering around absorbing the exhibits. The attached community cafe is well... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The most interesting museum in a long time .One could happily spend hours there .So much interesting information. The Community run café does wonderful food and great prices.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We only wanted a light lunch but were entranced by the museum. all community run and well worth a visit

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Another small but extensive, well organised museum to be found in Orkney. It is educational for all ages and will certainly appeal to youngsters with an enquiring mind. The Community Cafe is well worth visiting

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The whole museum was so interesting. The fossils are very well displayed and explained. Then there are the artefacts from Orkney's past that had us enthralled - from the box bed to the archives about Scapa Flow. The story of the Churchill Barriers was also fascinating. The café looked very nice but we didn't stop as so much else to... More 

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OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review which perfectly describes the eclectic nature of items on display at the Centre. More 

Poole, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

We ventured back this year to this fab little place. Both kids loved it and we spent a good few hours there, so much to see. Followed by a fab lunch in the cafe

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OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Lovely to see you and the family are still enjoying our little gem! More 

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Additional Information about Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

Address: Address: Viewforth | Orkney, Burray Village KW17, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1856 731255
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Burray  >  Burray Village
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 4 - 4

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