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The Viking Centre

Orphir KW17 2RD, Scotland
+44 1856 811319
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The video was interesting and fills some of the gaps in the history. It is next to the Earl's Bu... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
MollyR24
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England, United Kingdom
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An absolute gem!

Don't expect anything huge: this is a small building (but entry is free and it has spotless... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
Maria B
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

The video was interesting and fills some of the gaps in the history. It is next to the Earl's Bu, or hall, and the remains of an almost unique round church. The information boards are helpful. Needs less than an hour.

Thank MollyR24
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Don't expect anything huge: this is a small building (but entry is free and it has spotless toilets). It houses a very informative exhibition about the Okneyinga Saga which appealed to all of us in a group of partly amateurs and partly historical experts. The...More

Thank Maria B
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

An unmanned but well looked after visitor centre with lots of information about the Earls Bu and Round Church. An excellent 17 minute Video to explain the Saga

Thank Snorri1
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

A small exhibition and centre associated with the Earls Bu and cemetery located off a country road at Orphir. Very informative and free, well signposted

Thank steve s
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We walked from Breck to see the church ruins and found this little visitor centre with its hilarious hierarchical tree of Norse characters sporting the faces of modern actors as well as information boards and an enjoyable film which included a couple of Icelandic/Orcadian sagas.

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Small and simple but so well put together with displays and an enchanting film which tells the story about Orkney's links to Vikings and Iceland in a way that's both beautiful, informative and entertaining. However don't just visit the centre and the interesting adjoining cemetery...More

Thank 209cathy
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

Met the lady who runs this with her cute dog. She is there to not only tell the myths and legends of the Orkneys, but to encourage reading programs with her historical materials. Attractive exhibits and a pile of books for the young students, she...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

The building contains a few storyboards abut the Vikings that arrived and settled on the Islands, it also has a few good paper models of the ships that took part in the Battle of Jutland made by local schoolchildren. Outside on this site is the...More

Thank Charles G
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

The historians were awesome. They had great details and sense of humor!!! Fascinating details. You get to go inside some of the sites

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

The Orkneyinga Saga Centre tells the story of the Norse Earls of Orkney, by way of interpretation boards and an audiovisual display. Very interesting and worth visiting.

Thank Sockknitter5
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