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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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We were touring about Orkney yesterday and stopped off here. Lovely little museum. Fossils were really interesting; fantastic history of the Churchill barriers and an eclectic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were touring about Orkney yesterday and stopped off here. Lovely little museum. Fossils were really interesting; fantastic history of the Churchill barriers and an eclectic collection of historical items. Definitely recommend a visit to the glow room. Fantastic community cafe attached. Just had tea and a cookie but good menu and the food I saw coming out looked great.... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

One of the best small museums I have visited, apart from the Fossils, including Local Orkney fossils there is a wonderful selection of old artefacts set out in context. The entrance fee included a well printed guide which other similar attractions charge.

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Lovely cafe with tasty soup and cakes. very helpful staff. Good fast service Really interesting exhibit on the Churchill barriers. Well worth a visit

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Really nice little museum with lots of info on the Churchill Barriers and Scapa Flow. Interesting displays of local heritage, and family history sources. Lots of fossils on display, but I would have liked to see more local specimens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Stopped here in the pouring rain and we were surprised at how good this small museum is. Very informative and a great introduction to Orkney archaeology and history. Nice little cafe with good soup.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

I am so sorry to hear about the refusal of your card for payment. We do try and keep our running costs down by asking, if possible, for payments by card to be £10 (this can also be any combination of admission fees, café and/or gift shop items) but card payments for less than £10 should not be refused. All... More 

Aiken, SC
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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46 reviews
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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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65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 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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Additional Information about Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

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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