Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Burray Village: Hours, Address, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Coffee Shops • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Would you like to … • Explore Scapa Flow’s wartime history • 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 quality gifts • Enjoy tasty Orkney home baking & hearty lunches. Orkney Fossil & Heritage Centre has something for everyone; curious youngsters love to see the ancient geology & fossils and everyone enjoys a glimpse through recent history in the heritage galleries. In our room about the construction of the Churchill Barriers peedie folk can even build their own. Our team at the Heritage Café will be delighted to serve you homemade soup, cakes & daily specials and it’s a handy retreat from the breeze! If you want to treat yourself or maybe pick up a gift our shop stocks everything from Orkney music CDs, books & jewellery to North Ronaldsay wool & local art. Come and have a browse, a warm Burray welcome awaits.
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1-2 hours
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JMB5190
Perthshire, UK54 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We came across this attraction when visiting the Italian Chapel and the Churchill barriers. We thought twice about it as title suggested it was primarily a fossil museum but really pleased it was more than that. There is a very good fossil exhibition but also a varied museum of Orkney history

We particularly enjoyed the room that looked out over Scapa Flow where the Royal
oak sank and the Churchill barriers were built. It really brought that piece of history alive with an excellent visualisation on the floor of the layout of the area and the ships involved.

Really welcoming.

Sadly can’t review cafe as was closed in early season.
Written 24 May 2022
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Jennifer C
L'Ametlla de Mar, Spain48 contributions
May 2022
This museum is primarily about fossils but there are a few interesting other things as well. Lots of information about the Churchill Barriers and their construction. Upstairs, there are exhibitions of various crafts and memorabilia from WW2.
Written 12 May 2022
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Tim H
Christchurch, UK255 contributions
Sep 2021
Visited only for a lunch rather than to see the museum. Enjoyed the cafe very much. Had one of the home made soups which come in three sizes... I took a large. Very impressed with the soup quality and quantity. This was washed down with a very generous pot of tea. Would certainly visit this cafe again.
Written 20 September 2021
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anon
38 contributions
Aug 2021
Fantastic local museum with information on Scapa Flow, local area, geology and fossils. The children loved the massive floor map as well as the glow room.

Ended returning twice more for the museum and cafe during time on Island as enthralled kids so much.

Right on the Churchill barriers and perfect days out combining beaches then lunch at the cafe with time after in museum.

The staff are very good with a great little gift shop with locally made items.
Written 29 August 2021
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Graeme R
Aberdeen, UK333 contributions
Aug 2021
This review is based on the restaurant and not the actual museum.
We pre-booked for a group of 8.
We were seated immediately and ordered.
6 soup & sandwiches and 2 other meals.
The first three orders came out then about 15 minutes later the rest came.
We had to ask for cuttlery.
The staff couldn't have been more unfriendly if they tried.
We've eaten here before on previous trips to Orkney but never again.
Written 18 August 2021
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LyndsGar
Edinburgh, UK29 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Wasn’t sure what to expect from the museum but as we were passing from the ferry we decided to stop off and very glad we did. Such a range of interesting exhibits from the Orkney and international fossils to the info about the Churchill barriers. Fascinating!
And upstairs was a real mix of different exhibits. The kids loved looking at the old cameras (once we explained what they were!)
The shop was really well stocked plus we got a lovely takeaway from the cafe. Great “rib-sticking” lentil soup!
Thanks for a brilliant visit.
Written 7 August 2021
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fam5od
Wilmslow, UK32 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Very pleasant staff. Interesting exhibits with plenty to learn about and see. Some level of interaction for kids.
Cafe great too.
Written 2 August 2021
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A C
95 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This is a fascinating place to visit.

The lady in the shop where we bought tickets was really welcoming and very helpful, giving us information about the various rooms and exhibits.

The rooms are well laid out, with everything very thoughtfully presented. There are rooms of local and more widely- sources fossils with lots of information to read. The Churchill Barriers room was fascinating and we learnt a lot about their construction.

The upstairs is an absolute treasure trove of all kinds of aspects of Orkney life, which was really interesting.

The shop has a lovely range of locally made goods, as well as books and items for younger children.

The café had a nice range of cakes and was busy at the time of our visit. Some people had booked ahead for lunch and we understand it can get very busy in there.

We really enjoyed our visit here. It is well worth the time to go!
Written 29 July 2021
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mjm2107
Glasgow, UK270 contributions
May 2021 • Family
The Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre is well worth a visit. It has three main exhibitions 1) Fossils 2) Scapa Flow and 3) lighthouses.

The fossil on display were very interesting, but the Scapa Flow display was by far the most interesting and informative. I learned so much about the military importance of Scapa Flow, but more importantly I learned the final resting place of the many ships that have been sunk there.

Completely recommend
Written 29 June 2021
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Kirsty J
Bristol, UK25 contributions
Sep 2019
Came across this place by accident almost. We were cycling to the Italian Chapel and were trying to figure out how far down we could continue cycling and still find somewhere to stop for a cuppa tea to warm up, and cake to get the energy levels back up. I came across this place during my research and found it was a free open day so of course we went and were pleasantly surprised. Not only was the cafe nice, but the fossil/hertitage element was very interesting and well done. Well worth the visit!

Even better, we found a garden tucked around the back and we simply sat for 30 mins out of the wind and basking in the sunshine like a pair of lizards! :)
Written 14 December 2019
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