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Mr Wood's Fossils

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Best shop in Edinburgh

Brilliant shop! We were in Edinburgh this weekend and visited after we saw it recommended online... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
alexoid
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Great Store and Excellent Prices

I am a collector of minerals and fossils for some years and can honestly say this is an excellent... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
AlexanderD
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Jackson, New Jersey
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Edinburgh's famous fossil shop was established in 1987 by Stan Wood, a self-taught fossil hunter. Since then we've gone on to forge an international reputation for beautiful and fascinating fossils from all around the world, as well as a wide range...more
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5 Cowgatehead, Edinburgh EH1 1JY, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is more shop than museum, but each piece has an informative label which was very handy. A vast array of fossils and minerals from around the world, with many rare items. Prices range from £1 right up and some things seemed quite reasonable- I'm...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dalton1skiing
Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to review - glad you liked the shop. Sorry you had to wait to ask about taking photos - sometimes picking the right piece can take a while.

Reviewed 27 August 2018

Always nice to have a look around and always end up buying something . It´s a small place but threre´s so much (really old stuff) to see .

Date of experience: August 2018
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Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Thanks, Floyd. We always try to keep the shelves filled, and I'm always on the lookout for something new to interest the regulars.

Reviewed 26 August 2018

Brilliant shop! We were in Edinburgh this weekend and visited after we saw it recommended online. I've got an 8 year old and 5 year old and this is one shop they weren't bored in. Filled with rocks and fossils, ranging from £1 up to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank alexoid
Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Hi alexoid - thank you for the review. Glad you and the kids liked it, and useful to know you found us online.

Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

I am a collector of minerals and fossils for some years and can honestly say this is an excellent store you can trust. They have a good selection of quality specimens at prices which are more than fair. I’ve seen a lot of inferior pieces...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AlexanderD
Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review, Alexander, and glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This place was a few doors down from our hotel, and I always like to visit rock and mineral stores like this. They had some nice fossils and minerals in this small shop. It might be the only shop of it's kind in the city.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thanks Max. Hope you enjoyed your stay in the Grassmarket.

Reviewed 10 August 2018

We visited recently with our 4 year old son and had a great time looking around at all the fascinating pieces. From 2 GBP minerals all the way up to 2,000 GBP intricate and rare fossils, this shop has it all. My son ended up...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JenBohle
Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Hi Jen, Glad you enjoyed your visit, and that your son found something he liked - the Spino teeth are one of our best sellers, understandably. Thank you for taking the time to review - it's much appreciated.

Reviewed 18 July 2018

I had heard about sunstones on a recent tv special. I found thisshop by word of mouth so went for a visit. I asked if they had any sunstones and was directed to where they were. Advised to look for a clear one, which I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Hi Chrissy - glad you found what you were after, and thanks for the review.

Reviewed 23 May 2018

You want to purchase some expensive rare fossils - this is the place. You want to buy a reasonable price gift or piece of jewelry. This again is the place. Really enjoyed my snoop around here. Commented all too expensive for me. The owner showed...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thank you, Angus. We make sure there's something to suit everybody's budget - very glad you found something suitable.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

This is only a small shop but it has a lot of interesting items to have a look at, and you can spend a lot ot time here. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable and I bought a couple of items here to wear and...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

HI Ad3lie - glad you enjoyed your visit to the shop, and thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Great shop. Found unique gifts (fossilized local shark excrement). Will definitely visit again when back in Edinburgh.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Trish R
Matt D, Owner at Mr Wood's Fossils, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thanks trosiak - now you have proof you can polish a turd. Hope your gifts are well received.

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