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Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

Burray | Orkney, Burray Village KW17 2SY, Scotland
+44 1856 731255
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Type: Museums
Owner description: Illustrations bring to life a unique collection of Orkney fossil fish. Learn how the landscape formed, find out how the Churchill Barriers were built... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Gosport, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Passing by near closing time and decided to have a look. Very interesting and the cafe did excellent cake

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Anglesey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

When visiting the Orkneys take time to visit the Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre. Privately run, a visit is well worth the small admission charge. Excellent displays, artefacts and information charts ensure a morning well spent. There is a first class café/restaurant (serving delicious coffee and home-made cake, and superb light lunches) and a really nice shop with affordable, locally... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Another place to learn about the natural history and events of Orkney. Well presented and worth a visit. In addition, there is a cafe with surprisingly good food and a pleasant environment. They made an excellent home made pea soup and a delicious baked potato. Worth a visit for the cafe alone!

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Invermoriston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stopped here twice and loved it for an excellent choice of food and very friendly people. Nicest views from the cafe and pot of herbal tea that filled three cups!

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sussex
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28 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

The museum has well labeled fossils and geology plus there is a comprehensive collection of posters, maps, photos and spoken words about the building of the Churchill barriers and their effect on local people. Best is the clean and friendly cafe with lovely soup, sandwiches, cakes etc. reasonably priced and best of all, run by the local community. Good luck!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

What a gem of a place. We went along not sure if there would be enough to entertain our 4 yr old and 8 yr old but were pleasantly surprised how much there was to see. Some colouring sheets or a quiz would have been good to keep little ones further amused but the horse, glow room (which was very... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
74 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Come here if you do! There are plenty of fossils to see and information to read - see the photos. There is a small museum of old artifacts, ranging from old clothes to machine guns. There is also a story about the Germans scuttling their naval fleet at the end of World War 1 - it's fascinating! Go there and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

The museum is a compact but interesting find but the cafe is the real gem. Food and service are great, thoroughly recommend!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

very informative exhibit on Scapa flow and WWII and the barriers, nice geology and mineral exhibit and fossil information

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Highland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Excellent and absorbing exhibition. Perhaps better for younger children that teens, but that's just the nature of teens - at least of our two. The cafe does the best BLT I've ever had!

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