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Closed for refurbishment; in temporary accommodation, still worth a visit.

We knew the Museum was closed (until 2020) for complete overhaul and refurbishment, but we went on... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Golspie, United Kingdom
Temporary Exhibit Only.....But Still Worthwhile!!!

As part of our day on Hoy, we visited the temporary exhibit that replaces the Scapa Flow Visitor... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
Hod Hasharon, Israel
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Although the main museum site is closed for redevelopment we have a comprehensive exhibition about the role of Scapa Flow in two world wars in premises nearby.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Lyness, KW16 3NT, Scotland
+44 1856 791300
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

We knew the Museum was closed (until 2020) for complete overhaul and refurbishment, but we went on a day out to Hoy anyway and visited the temporary exhibition in the Hoy Hotel a few hundred yards up the road. Initial impressions weren't good, it's in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

This temporary exhibition has lots of interesting information on display, however, the person who was (I assume?) meant to be engaging and showing visitors around completely ignored us and other visitors who were in the room. We tried to make eye contact with him a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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OrkneyMuseums, Manager at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

I'm very sorry to hear that the staff member on duty the day you visited didn't give the level of customer service we would expect, we will certainly follow this up. Thanks for bringing it to our attention and I hope that this won't put...More

Reviewed 11 August 2018

As part of our day on Hoy, we visited the temporary exhibit that replaces the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, which are being renovated. Since we read about this in advance, we were not disappointed. The temporary exhibit is located in the Lyness Hotel...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Shaked007
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Arrived to find museum closed - new one due but delayed but still take the ferry to Lyness on Hoy for the atmosphere, history, ride on the community bus - great driver provided all the news and history of Scapa Flow and visit the Stromabank...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

I really enjoyed the visit. We took the ferry over to Hoy as foot passengers and worried that we would be stuck with nothing to do as it looks like there isn't much to see but we ended up running out of time. I noticed...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

It might be a serene and quiet place now but being the British Naval Fleet Base for WW/01/2 This place is time warp is one of the Worlds Largest natural harbours containing the German fleet that was Scuttled after WW2 it's a underwater divers playground...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank James T
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

An informative display which needs a long time to go through but it's worth it. On top of that it's free with a nice cafe. As always in Orkney the staff are friendly.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank beemanjohn
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We had an hour or so to fill before our ferry (next door). It is of course just a personal view but I found the wartime information very interesting but the heavy machinery less so. We had coffee and cakes in the cafe and they...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank John B
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

The museum houses some large pieces of machinery which were of limited interest to me, however the exhibitions of artefacts from the battles in Scapa Flow and the personal stories were really interesting. The strategic importance of Scapa Flow was brought alive by the museum...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 433eileenw
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We were aware that a 2-hour guided tour of the former naval base was available on Tuesdays at 11 am and timed our visit to Hoy accordingly. (The tour fits in conveniently with the 10 am ferry from Houton.) Although there is a comprehensive leaflet...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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20 July 2018|
Response from OrkneyMuseums | Property representative |
Our main museum site is closed for redevelopment until Spring 2020 but there is a temporary exhibition in the Hoy Hotel, Lyness, a short walk or drive from the ferry terminal. This tells the story of Scapa Flow in two world... More
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Response from MurielA47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Very sorry not to have replied sooner. We only had hot drinks and a scone there. I think that they may do sandwiches but it is a very small cafe with only about four or five tables and not much choice. There is nowhere... More