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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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A very special experience - especially the cake!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2014
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Had some great mushroom soup and cake. Nice spot next to road through burray with plenty of parking. No coach on day visited but suspect that if you see a coach it is best avoided as will be crowded. Exhibits we're interesting as a mix of local fossils and orkney heritage. £4 adults and £2.50 concessions.

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

Please don't be put off visiting the museum if there is a coach in. The early morning coach tours only stop for a quick cuppa and a look around the shop so by the time you have been round the museum the cafe should be ready with all our gorgeous homebakes on display. More 

Lancs, England
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Lovely food, good choices, pleasant and helpful staff. Visited for lunch and were pleased by the choices available and by the prompt and efficient service. Nothing too much trouble.

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aberdeen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

One wet afternoon we discovered this centre and spent a very interesting half hour looking around. Thoroughly enjoyed the local history and geology collection. The little cafe was really excellent both in quality and value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There is a lot of information here about geology and Orkney during the wars - particularly the building of the Churchill Barriers. There are clear explanations provided and we have returned to build on our knowledge. Do visit the upstairs section as well where there are fascinating details about Orkney life in the early 20th century. A good tea room,... More 

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