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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Fossil and Food! Fabulous!!

Stopped here for lunch and a quick visit to the fossils centre on our way to the Tomb of the Eagles. It is situated in a nice location with stunning views. With a low entrance fee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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London
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88 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch and a quick visit to the fossils centre on our way to the Tomb of the Eagles. It is situated in a nice location with stunning views. With a low entrance fee and neatly laid out vast collection of fossils and other ancient artefacts, this place exceeded our expectation. Never imagined they had quite a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We called in here on a day exploring and were amazed by all the treats hidden in this little museum. The boys enjoyed being here and are asking to go back next summer.

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Thank SomersetGarden
South Lanarkshire
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Visited whilst on holiday, and enjoyed a coffee and snack in the café area. Staff friendly and welcoming. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Umgababa
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

When going in we expected to pay at least 10 pounds but were surprised to pay less than 5. I had a great time looking at the huge collection of fossils and minerals but also looking at the information about Churchill's Causeways and their construction. Put this on your list!

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Thank Claire M
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

SThis was our first and last stop on a 2 day visit to Orkney straight off of the Pentalia ferry and just before the return crossing. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to get a feel for Orkney. It is not just fossils. great exhibition on the Churchill barriers, and some interesting stuff on the Italian Chapel and life... More 

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Thank Adrian W
Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We visited the fossil centre, on our trip across the Churchill barriers. What a nice place it was too with pleasant staff. The exhibits take you back in time through the formation of the different rocks that form the Orkney islands, and to the fossils found there, of which there are many on display. There is a cafe there also,... More 

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Thank Peter M
Hampshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here after a recommendation earlier in the day. Great value and some interesting home bakes that we thoroughly enjoyed. We only stopped for a short while but the lunch menu also looked good. Very friendly service at this community cafe.

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Thank Lostcommuter
South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

A very interesting and informative visit. everything is well laid out and explained, the tearoom is very comfortable the staff really very friendly, scones to die for.

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Thank Thomas S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Spent a very pleasant hour or so in the museum. Primarily a fossil museum but also interesting exhibits about Orkney in general. Would happily go back. Had carrot cake and coffee in the cafe afterwards and it was very good.

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Thank Margaret W
Swansea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Visited the museum 2 years ago and it was brilliant, really interesting. This time we just had a cafe visit and a look round their little shop. The food wasn't amazing but the prices were fair and the staff so nice I would visit again. The cakes looked good.

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