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Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

Burray | Orkney, Burray Village KW17 2SY, Scotland
+44 1856 731255
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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. Free wi-fi available « less
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Dunkeld, Scotland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I can't speak for the museum, as it was just closing (looked interesting, though, through the window) but the cafe was first rate! The coffee was really really good and the homemade cakes were unusual and quite delicious.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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164 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This interesting little museum has a great exhibition of both local (and national / international) fossil finds. The history of the earth is well presented with a good focus on the local geology and geography. The museum has also got a great exhibition room focusing on the history and construction of the Churchill Barriers (built in the 2WW to protect... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Stopped here with 2 kids (7 and 4), mainly to see the fossils. Small but lots of different things to see. As well as fossils, had various collections including war items. Highlight for the kids was the Churchill Barriers section, where you could build your own with wooden blocks.

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Scotland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Good value and especially interesting if you like fossils or just want to learn about the Second World War history of the Orkney Islands. Friendly receptionist and good value for money

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

Glad you enjoyed the museum. Hopefully we will see you again. More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This place does not look to interesting from the road side but on the inside it was amazing. The fossils were fascinating and colourful. There was also a museum of orkney past and a great room with a floor map of scapa flow. This is a place not to be missed. The cafe food was great and the servings huge.

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

Thank you for helping to spread the word about our 'hidden gem'. Hopefully your comments will encourage other visitors to come and see what we have to offer. More

Derby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had driven by here a couple of times and read good reviews about its Community Cafe so stopped off. What a good decision. Entrance fee was £4 for adults. We started with a snack and coffee from the cafe which was lovely and set us up for the fantastic fossil collection and museum. Fossils are not really my thing... More

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

Nice to hear that your visit to the cafe met with the expectations and that you also liked the museum. It's good to hear that even though 'fossils are not your thing' that you enjoyed the exhibition. More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We have visited Orkney 5 times now and we always visit the Fossil and Heritage Museum. Love the fossils and other exhibit ions are informative. Food and service in the Café are excellent. Love the crafts for sale and the Orange and Whiskey marmalade is yummy. Recommend a visit for young and old!

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

It's lovely when visitors come back to see us again. Thank you visiting us once again and hopefully we will see you on your next trip to Orkney. More

Tregaron, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were on our last morning in Orkney and needed to get to the midday ferry in South Ronaldsay crossing the Churchill Barriers between all the islands. We had already previously been to the Italian Chapel so decided to fit in a brief visit to the Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre. My husband was very interested in the exhibition of... More

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

Sorry for the late reply to your review (just getting the hang of Tripadvisor). Glad to hear you you both found something of interest. What a shame that you were on the way to the ferry so ran out of time but hopefully you will visit Orkney again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I thought it was good because there were big guns from the wartime. I really liked the guns because they were cool and big. I also liked the model downstairs which had lights that came on and showed you where everything was. I really think people should visit here because it was awesome! From Bressay Primary School (P2)

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

We are so glad you and your classmates from Bressay School enjoyed your visit and thank you very much for the beautiful hand made thank you letter we received yesterday. More

D&G Scotland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Museum well worth a visit - fascinating and history of war in ScPa Flow excellent. The little cafe serves delicious snacks and cakes etc as well as more substantial lunches.

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed visiting the cafe and museum. Sorry for the delayed reply as I have just gotten to grips with using Tripadvisor! More

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