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Interesting Tearoom

Got off the ferry from the mainland and stopped at the first open tearoom we could find. Orkney... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Bob J
Little Gem

I only stopped here because it looked as though it was going to rain and I thought I would have a... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Frances1919
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Would you like to ……. • Get a feel for Orkney Island Life a 100 years ago • Touch a real fossil from 300 million years ago • See rocks that glow in the dark • Stand next to the fossilised remains of Orkney’s ancient beasts • Pick up some good...more
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All reviews churchill barriers well worth a visit local history cakes scapa flow gift shop heritage centre small museum tea room fossil collection great cafe soup on display rainy day friendly staff few hours plenty of parking
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

Got off the ferry from the mainland and stopped at the first open tearoom we could find. Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre was a good choice. Pleasant staff gave good service in an interesting room (lots to look at). Tea and sweet ("fruit thingy") hit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bob J
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

So sorry we were not open on your return journey. We are now closed for the season but 10am is our usual opening time (7 days per week). The pictures etc.in the tearoom give a little 'taster' of the Centre's Heritage Galleries. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 9 October 2018

I only stopped here because it looked as though it was going to rain and I thought I would have a cup of tea while the clouds passed. There is so much to see - fossils, gemstones, the local heritage centre with a wide variety...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Frances1919
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

Although from the roadside the Centre may not seem to have much to look at it has hidden charms - as you have discovered. Thank you for spreading the word that it is worth stopping to explore.

Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

stunning views towards the Churchill barriers, a shop, tearoom and amazing exhibitions. highlights were the exhibition about the barriers and the fossil collection. there are some outdoor buildings as well housing objects ftom an era long gone by. staff were very friendly. had a boiled...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 242corab
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

Thank you for the 5 star rating and the glowing review.

Reviewed 2 October 2018

We called along the Fossil Centre at Sunday lunchtime. The soup and sandwiches were tasty and ample. The museum is not just about fossils. There's displays on Orkney during the war, maritime history and farming of yesteryear. Interesting for all ages.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 234KAS
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Thank you for spreading the word about everything the Centre has to offer. We are closed until spring but already working behind the scenes to get everything ready.

Reviewed 2 October 2018

We are into fossils and stopped here and it was well worth the money-- it had nice displays, a room of glow-in -the -dark minerals and a history of he area settlers-- I was most pleasantly surprised and delighted abd the café attached to it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Doreen J
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Thank you for letting everyone know about our eclectic mix of displays. It comes as quite a surprise to a lot of visitors when they discover just how much there is to see. The cook will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed the soup.

Reviewed 29 September 2018

We enjoyed our visit in September. Admission price was good value, you also get a very informative guide book included. The fossils and geology galleries were very well set out. Lots of really good information laid out in an easy to read way. We loved...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tina M
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Thank you for the lovely review and apologies for the delay in responding. It is great to hear that you enjoyed spending so much time exploring everything the Centre has to offer.

Reviewed 28 September 2018

A great background to Orkney history beautifully displayed! Something for everyone including excellent collections of local life items from the past. Small gift shop and cosy tea shop/ cafe!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LesleydeC
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Centre. Thank you for posting a review.

Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

We had a guide for 2 days in Orkney, and on our second day she suggested that we have lunch here. We were happy to take her recommendation, obviously. So we all headed into the not so small dining room attached to, but seperate from,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for posting your comments. The bits and pieces on show in the cafe are just a little taster of what you can see in the museum!

Reviewed 16 September 2018

First things first, love their bacon buttys ( they do take away also ) its a delightful place, it can get very busy some days but its well worth a visit, some of the outside building contain stuff that show life in a bygone age...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Thomas N
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Thank you for your lovely comments. If you enjoyed the outbuilding exhibits you might find the upstairs of the museum interesting as it is also all about local heritage and wartime Orkney.

Reviewed 16 September 2018

Coffee and cakes excellent and the museum is interesting, but expensive. It would be nice to have a discount if you eat there! Definitely a cut above other places we've found.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Thank you for giving us 5 stars. As a registered charity running a small independent museum we get no subsidies or grants for the day-to-day running of the Centre. We do try our best to keep prices down with volunteer helpers etc. but unfortunately we...More

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