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Hidden gem and FREE!

Not many people, sadly, know about this place. We visited one afternoon and had it to ourselves... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Cotswolds, United Kingdom
hidden gem well worth a visit

This wee place is well worth a visit. Not packed with tourists, in fact I had the place to myself... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Michelle M
Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Not many people, sadly, know about this place. We visited one afternoon and had it to ourselves. There is a movie to watch (though it was a bit tedious), sone signboards, bathrooms and outdoors the remains of a Viking round church (very unique!). 10/10

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

This wee place is well worth a visit. Not packed with tourists, in fact I had the place to myself the entire time. i enjoyed the video and displays and then did the 4k circular walk across the cliff top and back via the road....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Having read the Orkneyinga Saga, it was a great place to visualize the saga itself and relate it to the place you are in. Time for an update of the video though, get Spielberg on the line, he would make a wicked film about St...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Called here yesterday- it’s small but very informative- I’ve read the Orkneyinga Saga and found the family tree very funny in the way they used modern characters to illustrate the earls. We didn’t stay to watch the film this time because I have seen it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 August 2018

The Centre has interesting information about the history of this particular spot. In particular about the Earl.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Another of the must visit sites on Orkney. Mid week, mid afternoon and we were there alone. some decent walks around but the path was closed when we visited. Stacks of car parking.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Cedric H
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

The video was interesting and fills some of the gaps in the history. It is next to the Earl's Bu, or hall, and the remains of an almost unique round church. The information boards are helpful. Needs less than an hour.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank MollyR24
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Don't expect anything huge: this is a small building (but entry is free and it has spotless toilets). It houses a very informative exhibition about the Okneyinga Saga which appealed to all of us in a group of partly amateurs and partly historical experts. The...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Maria B
Reviewed 18 August 2017

An unmanned but well looked after visitor centre with lots of information about the Earls Bu and Round Church. An excellent 17 minute Video to explain the Saga

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Snorri1
Reviewed 29 June 2017

A small exhibition and centre associated with the Earls Bu and cemetery located off a country road at Orphir. Very informative and free, well signposted

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank steve s
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