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Caithness Horizons Museum

High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
+44 1847 896508
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Local cultural and natural materials

A lot of material in this museum relates to the nearby Dounreay nuclear plant. However there are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Coventry, United Kingdom
Loads to see from Neolithic to the atomic age

Worth the $4 entry charge, a very interesting building sympathetically redesigned internally with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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Caithness Horizons is a Museum in Thurso. The collections cover three floors and cover the history of Caithness as well as focusing on four main areas; Picts, Vikings, Robert Dick (local baker and botanist) and the Dounreay Nuclear Research Establishment. We're also home to a cafe, gift shop, temporary exhibition gallery and the VisitScotland Thurso office.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
+44 1847 896508
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A lot of material in this museum relates to the nearby Dounreay nuclear plant. However there are also interesting displays of other items such as Pictish stones found locally and wildlife. Material is presented well with a good level of interpretation

Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth the $4 entry charge, a very interesting building sympathetically redesigned internally with some fascinating exhibits including a 1950s nuclear power station control desk. Very interesting film shown in the theatre highlights the local flora and fauna. Charming staff make for a pleasant couple of...More

Thank Mosedalex
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is lots of parking down by the river, maybe 100 metres from the museum. Lovely old building. Staff were very helpful at reception. The museum is arranged on three floors. With atomic energy understandably taking up quite a bit. Kids loved the mock up...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Caithness Horizons is much more impressive than it looks from outside, and I'm sure if it was less out of the way (Thurso is over 100 miles from the nearest big town, Inverness) it might be as well known as it deserves. It is friendly...More

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice museum, Cafe, gift shop and tourist information. Spent a couple hours looking at everything. Clean restroom, always a bonus when traveling.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting museum of strictly local interest and well worth visiting, but the last time I visited it was FREE to enter. This is just profiteering off the back of the North Coast 500. Shame on you.More

Thank VinceTheRunt
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review Vince, we're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and would be delighted to see you again in the future. To explain a little more about the charging situation; Caithness Horizons is an independent charity and has relied previously solely...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017

If you like your archaeology, this is a must-see: Pictish stones, prehistoric artefacts, a Viking burial..... and a great cafe with home made cakes and a decent cup of tea :-)

Thank Taffthedigger
Reviewed 22 June 2017

So glad that our hosts at Camfield House recommended a stop at this well thought out museum in Thurso. I would highly recommend a visit if you are in town. Such interesting displays, running the gamut from Vikings and Picts to nuclear research.

1  Thank KDRaknm
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

We spent 2 whole hours leading about Caithness and the Dounreay nuclear plant. Absolutely fascinating. Well worth the entry fee of £4.

1  Thank Eric A
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Thurso can appear dreary but the interior of this museum is modern, clean, bright and attractive- in contrast to rest of town. Good welcome from staff on reception and in cafe. Interactive displays upstairs. Introductory film on third floor helpful and recommended.

1  Thank 1949etwall
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Robin C
17 May 2017|
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Response from marionobrien | Property representative |
Hi there Robin, yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible, we have a lift with access to all floors and an accessible bathroom on the ground floor. We'd love to welcome you to the Museum soon.
Steve D
9 December 2016|
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Response from Marion O |
Hi there, sorry for the delay in getting back to you! The cup of tea is a replica. Story goes that when the testing reactor was closed in the 60's, someone left behind their tea, some biscuits and a newspaper. The items... More