Orkney Fossil & Heritage Centre


Viewforth, Burray, Orkney, KW17 2SY

    See an intriguing collection of rare fossils from Orkney and around the world and learn more about the heritage of the Orkney Isles.

    The Heritage Galleries take you through the 20th century in Orkney with displays of everyday objects and war-time relics. The Building the Barriers exhibition shows the extraordinary feat of engineering that resulted in causeways linking several of the Orkney Isles. The fossils and rocks collection contains some rare and beautifully preserved specimens.
    There is also a café and gift shop.

    NEW temporary exhibition for this summer only. Fossils from Hgula, Lebanon

    Admission charges:- Adults - £4, Concessions and Children under 16 - £2.50, under 5s free. Season tickets available at no extra cost.

    Free wi-fi available in the cafe

    The centre is open daily from 25th April to 27th September.

    Open weekend 28th and 29th November 10am -4pm. Special Christmas menu.

    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    25 Apr 2016 - 27 Sep 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 10:00 17:00

    28th and 29th November 10am - 4pm


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Hot and cold food, daily specials, homebakes etc. available.


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop Well stocked shop selling Fossils and a wide selection of locally made crafts.

    Special Requirements

    • Disabled Citizens There is wheelchair access to the building via the Cafe and an accessible toilet beside the main entrance. The downstairs galleries are mostly accessible, but there are steps down into the Glow Room, which displays fluorescent rocks. The main local heritage galleries are upstairs and there is no stair lift. You can explore these galleries via a google tour (see left) or via a hand-held device available free of charge at the main entrance. Most of the displays are static, many items are in display cases and some can be touched. There is one soundscape unit and a screen with rotating black and white images, but no other audiovisual presentations. The outbuildings with displays of tools and other heritage items are accessible via a narrow stone path with steps. Look out for the low doorways. The Gift Shop and Cafe areas are fully accessible and a table can be reserved in the Cafe if you wish by phoning in advance. For more information please contact us.


    • Children Welcome


    • Level Access Disabled access to cafe, shop and ground floor of museum only

    Payment Methods

    • Debit Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Rack

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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