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Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

| Lyness, KW16 3NT, Scotland
+44 1856 791300
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Allow plenty of time

We decided to visit in the morning before catching the 12.30 ferry across to Stromness, and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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As with previous reviews this is a surprising, and very interesting site. There are many exhibits... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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FREE ADMISSION - CLOSED 1 NOV 2015 -29 FEB 2016 This museum is centred around the former fuel oil pumping station at Lyness Naval Base, (HMS Proserpine). The fascinating exhibition illustrates the importance of Scapa Flow as a base for the British fleet throughout history, concentrating on its role during two world wars. It includes photographs, text, artefacts, films and an audio exhibition, plus a collection of large military vehicles, cranes and artillery. Large exhibits and an audio visual display are housed in one of the tanks that once held 15,000 tons of fuel oil for the fleet. The pump house itself contains three Lancashire boilers, built by Wilson's of Glasgow, and six steam powered triple-expansion duplex Worthington pumps. There are plenty of children's activities as well as a gift shop and café. It is not essential to take a car, as the Museum is a two minute walk from the pier. The museum is open March - October (Sunday opening during the period May-September)and admission is free. The popular Pumphouse Café is open from Easter - October.
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| Lyness, KW16 3NT, Scotland
+44 1856 791300
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We decided to visit in the morning before catching the 12.30 ferry across to Stromness, and, despite arriving for the 10.00 opening time, we didn't see much of what was on offer. This place is wonderful, both for those who want an overview of the...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As with previous reviews this is a surprising, and very interesting site. There are many exhibits that are in situ giving a realistic experience. I did not go on the tour, but the site is quite extensive. The tea room is quaint, and in the...More

Thank MathildeGalashiels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky to get on the ferry over to Hoy after being told that it was fully booked. The museum is just a short stroll up the pier from the ferry if you don't have a car. The stories of both the first and...More

Thank MurielA47
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We knew that Hoy had a museum about Scapa Flow, but we had no idea how great it would be. Absolutely loved it. Much larger than I expected, very detailed exhibits, a huge number of things to see, free entry, and positioned right next to...More

2  Thank Paul G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite fortuitously we visited on a Tuesday! The guided tour was advertised in our Kirkwall hotel and again as you walk into the museum. Timed to be accessible to those arriving on the 10am ferry from Houton, leaving from the museum which is just opposite...More

Thank 252meganr
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Located just minutes from the ferry terminal in Hoy. Extensive memorabilia, artefacts from both World Wars. Amazing and very extensive information on the Naval History of Scapa Flow. Needs at minimum of 2 hours to do justice to all the displays. Interactive displays for children...More

1  Thank MORRISON150
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

On Our first visit here two years ago we only allowed half an hour which is insultingly little. So this time we catered for 2 hours. The museum has a lot of information and apparently even more items in storage. I concentrated on the naval...More

Thank davetlg
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Lots of poignant stories told within an enlightening and engaging exhibition. It even has a toroedo ! The tea & cake was lovely too.

Thank bigsmileygirl
Reviewed 19 April 2017

It's a few years since I last visited and many things have been added to the museum. It's worthy of note that the former Bank boat 'Otter Bank' is now on display, having been carefully and lovingly restored. If you are interested in military history,...More

Thank kenneth351
Reviewed 11 April 2017

For anyone with an interest in 20th Century military history this is a must if in Orkney. Only a fraction of the base remains but the very informative leaflet allows a self guided tour which shows how much was there 70 years ago. The staff...More

1  Thank David T
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