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Barra Heritage & Cultural Centre

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Terrific archives

Plenty of exhibits about the herring and the RC priests and religion in general. Lots of archives... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Charlie S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Fascinating facts!

We like to visit local heritage centres and discovered this one, though small in area, was... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2019
Judith O
Congleton, United Kingdom
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The Square | Castlebay, HS9 5XD, Scotland
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Reviewed June 21, 2019 via mobile

Lovely young man at desk with helpful suggestions Not really being into the history of the local wonderful priest and herring stories I found it all a bit limited Would loved to have had more info on the McNeill pirates,Viking influence and Iron Age Forts

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 15, 2019

We like to visit local heritage centres and discovered this one, though small in area, was chock-full of fascinating information about a range of people, the fishing history and events from the area. Friendly volunteer on duty asked for the small charge towards the upkeep,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Judith O
Reviewed May 10, 2019

A community shop that has a variety of gifts one would expect - woollen clothing, fabrics, jewellery, home made cakes and a range of stuff I was surprised to see such as herbs, carrageen powder, coins. Worth having a quick look because your purchases support...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 6, 2019 via mobile

Seems it is too much trouble to put a notice up saying when the centre is open. I would have loved to find out more but nothing to indicate when if ever it is open. A notice by the entrance door and on the roadside...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Culture801360
Reviewed September 10, 2018

The centre was to have opened at 10:30 this morning. We were disappointed that it did not open. We gave up at 11:00.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank gxp2018
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Plenty of exhibits about the herring and the RC priests and religion in general. Lots of archives that you can explore topics in greater depth

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Charlie S
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

£4 for adult entry and free for kids. There was a fabulous exhibit about Fr John MacMillan when i visited the centre the other day. Well laid out and easy to read and follow with lots of interesting artefacts and pictures. There is also a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018

Very helpful and friendly staff. We spent several hours here researching family history and found the time just disappeared. Found local information not available anywhere else and learnt so much about what life would have been like for my family who lived here in during...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank ShelaghH30
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Barra Heritage Centre, anyone know if it will be open today, Saturday 28 July or Monday? It was scheduled to be open at 1030, but at 1130 it was still closed, and the helpful phone message says we can't take your call and you can't...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank CmdrBozo
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Huge range of local products . Maybe not the cheapest but good quality . Charming staff and it helps the community

Date of experience: June 2018
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