Tarbat Discovery Centre
Tarbat Discovery Centre
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At the centre of Scotland’s only Pictish Monastic National Monument, the Museum at Tarbat unravels some of the mysteries of the Picts, explaining through its award winning archaeology programme fascinating details about these enigmatic people and their way of life on this intensely historic peninsula. ‘A’ Listed Tarbat Old Parish Church, home to the Discovery Centre, is in itself an historic timeline of six churches that have stood on this site with the remains of part of the crypt dating from as early as the 8th century. On display, beautiful sculpture and craft-working objects, architectural features, local exhibitions, photo archives and detailed interpretation provide the contents of our Museum – ‘a real gem of history well worth the visit.'
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  • Dannydebfarnworth
    Wigan, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating place
    Fascinating place with some wonderful exhibits. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Not a bad entry price either. Special thanks to the lovely staff member that gave my son one of her own biscuits when he was having a type 1 diabetic hypo, and he’d stupidly forgot to bring anything with him.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Ian T
    Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit. Amazing place.
    Went whilst we were staying in Portmahomak. Really well staffed and good knowledge. Well worth a look and chat with people. Nice little craft shop. Really enjoyed the history and findings of the dig. Highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Leslie W
    166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Who knew? There's a ton (several) of good stuff here.
    This museum has a split personality. On the one hand, it has an amazing collection of Pictish stones, and an underground burial. On the other hand, the site has a long history as a monastic center of the arts, including a scriptorium (if that's the right word) where they MADE vellum, quills, and ink. The evidence has led them to a pretty well supported claim the the Book of Kells was created here, not on Iona. Go see - the evidence is compelling.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Nicfromscotland
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of a museum in a beautiful setting.
    Fascinating gem of a museum that brings to life the Pictish people that lived here 1500 years ago and more. An important early Christian Centre making and exporting vellum for beautiful illuminated books like the Book of Kells. Unforgettable visit followed by beautiful lunch in Tarbat Bistro and Bar.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Laucraq
    Brussels, Belgium60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum to discover a bit more about Picts!
    We visited the museum today (quite quickly because it was almost closing) and it was really worth going! It has really nice picts stones, the staff is really nice and we had a lot of explanations. There was also a small exhibition about the Book of Kells and explanations about ongoing archaeological research ! Allow at least an hour for the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • SandN255355
    Mildura, Australia113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A glimpse into the past.
    A well presented and informative centre with lots of interesting artefacts. The television presentation was excellent. The volunteer lady was very friendly with a wealth of knowledge. Easy parking. Well worth a visit if you are interested in the settlement off the surrounding area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
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Laucraq
Brussels, Belgium60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited the museum today (quite quickly because it was almost closing) and it was really worth going! It has really nice picts stones, the staff is really nice and we had a lot of explanations. There was also a small exhibition about the Book of Kells and explanations about ongoing archaeological research !
Allow at least an hour for the visit.
Written August 31, 2023
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Leslie W
166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This museum has a split personality. On the one hand, it has an amazing collection of Pictish stones, and an underground burial. On the other hand, the site has a long history as a monastic center of the arts, including a scriptorium (if that's the right word) where they MADE vellum, quills, and ink. The evidence has led them to a pretty well supported claim the the Book of Kells was created here, not on Iona. Go see - the evidence is compelling.
Written August 13, 2023
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Nicfromscotland
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fascinating gem of a museum that brings to life the Pictish people that lived here 1500 years ago and more. An important early Christian Centre making and exporting vellum for beautiful illuminated books like the Book of Kells. Unforgettable visit followed by beautiful lunch in Tarbat Bistro and Bar.
Written August 16, 2023
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EllenLM
Durham, NC60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a fantastic museum, displaying artefacts from local archaeological digs. On the must-see list: the Discovery Centre has a new display on the Six-Headed Burial from the 14th century, including facial reconstruction of two people whose remains were found at the site. Volunteers who staff the museum are knowledgeable, and the wee shop has lovely items.
Written October 31, 2022
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Edward A
Nairn, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
My Colleague didn't know about the center and we agreed to make a visit. My wife tagged along. Because of Covid there are restrictions the three of us got an hour which of course wasn't long enough, and we will be back.
The Museum is amazing. Brilliant artefacts and a fascinating history.
There is a small but we'll stocked shop.
We will be back a lot more to take in it is brilliant
Written August 18, 2020
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SandN255355
Mildura, Australia113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A well presented and informative centre with lots of interesting artefacts. The television presentation was excellent. The volunteer lady was very friendly with a wealth of knowledge. Easy parking. Well worth a visit if you are interested in the settlement off the surrounding area.
Written December 6, 2023
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Mairi89A
Dornoch, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Really well displayed, good mix of interactive features. Children’s play area & colouring upstairs is excellent. The crypt was the highlight for me, so well displayed & persevered. Staff were lovely, helpful & very friendly.
Written September 7, 2021
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Ian T
Cowdenbeath, UK133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Went whilst we were staying in Portmahomak. Really well staffed and good knowledge. Well worth a look and chat with people. Nice little craft shop. Really enjoyed the history and findings of the dig. Highly recommended.
Written July 7, 2023
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Dannydebfarnworth
Wigan, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Fascinating place with some wonderful exhibits. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Not a bad entry price either. Special thanks to the lovely staff member that gave my son one of her own biscuits when he was having a type 1 diabetic hypo, and he’d stupidly forgot to bring anything with him.
Written May 29, 2023
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Feinschmecker12014
Portmahomack, UK178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Tarbat Discovery Centre doesn't fit any classification system -- it's unique. Exhibits of international importance, scholarly interpretation, brilliant audio-visuals combined with popular presentation and plenty to keep the kids interested as well. Add to that shorter-term thematic, exhibitions of local history. a wonderful local photo archive being worked on by Richard Blosse and the quiet , intelligent, contribution of the ever-helpful Michelle Cadger who manages the Centre on a day-to-day basis and you have something unique. It also has an excellent range of items for sale, including an exclusive range of items from the local Tain Pottery, An accurate picture of the history of the Tarbat peninsula over a period of a couple of thousand years. Open Easter to the end of October, or thereabouts.
Written December 1, 2014
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