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Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

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Address: Burray | Orkney, Burray Village KW17 2SY, 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
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Well worth a Visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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Poole, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW 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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Pontypridd
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very interesting collection of one man, expanded into small museum of fossils and old implements. Well worth visiting and cafe has good hot drinks and home cooked/baked food

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Lairg, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Well laid out and very interesting. Even the cup of tea was a good deal. Plenty of parking and wheelchair access.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Visited the centre with a tour group on 2 October. The centre had closed for the season but had agreed to open specially for our group .Having just crossed the Churchill Barriers and visited the Italian Chapel it was fascinating to spend time in this museum finding out more of the background and difficulties in the building of the Barriers.... More 

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Orkney
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43 reviews 43 reviews
39 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I have been to the Orkney Fossil and Heritage centre twice during my lifetime. I went about 6 years ago, and went again yesterday. It's a nice little museum to have a look around for a little while. We stayed for about 45 minutes, and I think that was fine to have a look around at everything. There are a... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This museum of the geological and military foundations underlying Orkney helps with understanding how countryside and rock formations have come about, and how important the area was to the WW2 war effort.

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Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If your see a tour bus outside, do not imagine that you will be able to get even a cup of coffee. By all means, go to the museum, which may well be excellent, but if it is refreshment that you seek, prepare for disappointment. Despite there being a table free, we were told that since we were not with... More 

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

We are very sorry that you had a disappointing experience but would like to reassure other visitors that they are welcome even when there is a bus in as there is plenty to look at in the museum and shop. The coach groups are usually with us for a very short time as their schedule only allows time for a... More 

castleford
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

£4. excellent value. Well thought out centre excellent information boards MY Favorites have to be The glowing rocks But reading news paper from 1916 left me with mixed feelings of sadness that families suffered but also see the adverts that are still filmar today

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Probably the best small museum in Orkney. It has a fascinating geology collection with exceedingly good explanations. The Churchill Barriers are well documented and clearly explained. Upstairs, there is good section about Orkney life in the early 20th century. It has a tearoom with gifts and offering wifi. Lastly, you are offered a season ticket for return visits.

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