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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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castleford
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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138 reviews 138 reviews
46 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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Lancs, England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
36 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Wonderful small museum. Fantastic geology collection, wonderful local history displays and insightful exhibition of the Churchilll Barriers. Little cafe with wifi hotspot.

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Kirkcaldy, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We stopped here for a coffee (and piece of cake of course). It was much needed and very welcomed. We picked up a few items in the little gift shop. Having read the reviews I'm now wishing we'd found the time to visit the fossil and heritage centre too. It's on the list to revisit next time we're in Orkney.

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Stromness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I have been to the Fossil Centre before and I have watched it develop over the years. The fossil area and explanation of the geology of Orkney is very well explained. Great piece about the building of the barriers. Super stuff for kids. Upstairs the heritage part is much improved with less out but far better displayed than before.The cafe... More

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Dunkeld, Scotland
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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