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Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

Viewforth | Orkney, Burray Village KW17 2SY, Scotland
+44 1856 731255
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Stopped on the way to Tomb of the Eagles and spent much longer here than planned. Well displayed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Topsy11
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Aberdeen
Lovely museum, shop and great cafe

A lovely museum, filled with beautiful fossils and other interesting exhibits. We also enjoyed a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
lounewc
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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A recent visitor described the Orkney Fossil & Heritage Centre as a "hidden gem". Housed in converted farm buildings on the island of Burray, the Centre has an intriguing collection of fossils from Orkney and around the world, including some rare and beautifully preserved specimens. There are also local heritage displays, including a fascinating exhibition about the construction of the Churchill Barriers. The collections were donated to the people of Orkney by local builder Leslie Firth who, with his father Ernest, developed an interest after finding fossils at their quarry in Sandwick, West Mainland. Recently updated exhibitions downstairs showcase the extensive fossil and rock collection, with detailed information and illustrations of 380 million year old fish! Ernest firth was also a great collector of heritage objects. His interest was not in fine antiques or valuable rarities, but in the objects used in everyday life by Orcadians. His extensive hoard includes furniture, household china, cameras and tools, providing an intimate portrait of life in Orkney in the last century. The heritage galleries have been upgraded over the winter of 2015-16, with new information about boatbuilding in Burray and exhibits about life in Orkney during the First and Second World Wars, including a feature about the other 'Italian Chapel' built at POW Camp 34 on Burray. Heritage Tearoom New for 2016, the Heritage Tearoom is still run by the local community, but has taken on a new look! We have adopted a heritage theme, with decor including some of the Museum's heritage exhibits and old fashioned uniforms to match. The Heritage Tearoom serves good home-made food, a range of hearty soups, local produce and delicious home-bakes in a warm and friendly environment with lovely views. Larger groups are best booking in advance, and we are happy to cater for special diets - we provide a range of gluten-free options on our menu, as well as special Orkney dishes. Well-stocked gift shop selling books, toys, fossils, jewellery, Orkney music CDs and a wide range of locally made crafts. Free wi-fi available
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Viewforth | Orkney, Burray Village KW17 2SY, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped on the way to Tomb of the Eagles and spent much longer here than planned. Well displayed exhibits with great information and a good collection of fossils. There is also a lovely exhibit regarding the Churchill barriers and I particularly liked the stories from...More

Thank Topsy11
Reviewed 4 days ago

A lovely museum, filled with beautiful fossils and other interesting exhibits. We also enjoyed a coffee and cake in the cafe. I imagine it would be a nice place for lunch.

Thank lounewc
Reviewed 5 days ago

We cannot praise this volunteer run Cafe enough. The home baker who conjures up the delicacies should receive a gold medal. We had the fruit scone with home made rhubarb jam and it was to die for. On a previous visit we had the gingerbread...More

Thank jgrant9
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visit if you're heading down to the Tomb of the Eagles. It's on the way. Expected this museum to be a couple of dusty, fusty rooms in someone's house. Couldn't have been more wrong. Beautifully displayed exhibits and fascinating explanation of local geology and fossil...More

Thank Matt_and_Wils_Mum
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really interesting museum with exhibitions about fossils and also really interesting displays about the Churchill barriers.

Thank Fi_S1
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your comments.

Reviewed 1 week ago

WE almost drove by without noticing this gem of a place. As well as an excellent exhibition of fossils collecting over many years by the owner, the heritage museum is most interesting and the tea room is special, being staffed by local volunteers. This was...More

Thank 321terry
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your comments. For anyone not familiar with the area watch out for our signs on the main road through Burray.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is of the café only; we planned to visit the centre but enjoyed the café so much that we decided to have lunch and ran out of time! The food enjoyed by our party of four was fresh, home-made and really tasty (particularly...More

Thank John&Betty
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Lovely to hear that you enjoyed lunch. Thank you for reviewing us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a gem of a museum the fossil collection is wonderful and well displayed as is the display showing the building of the Churchill Barriers. The tea room is a treat with a great selection of mouth watering home made cakes. Visit essential

Thank kevin d
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you. Your comments and rating are much appreciated.

Reviewed 21 June 2017

We had a lovely lunch here; had a look around at the displays in the rooms but the big delight is that this is a collective run by artists/craftsmen/artisans and there are no middle men. I paid a reasonable price for a wonderful array of...More

Thank traveltwotoo
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are supported by a wide variety of artists and craftsmen ranging from those that just make a few pieces as a hobby to the professionals. Orkney has so many talented crafts people!

Reviewed 12 June 2017

Came across this little gem of a place and enjoyed morning coffee and cake, on return from a bracing walk at The Tomb of the Eagles we stopped by again for a lovely lunch. I would recommend highly to everyone

Thank fifer2003
OFHC, Manager at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for recommending us.

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