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Caithness Horizons Museum

High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
+44 1847 896508
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Not to be missed

This museum is a hidden gem in Caithness. It gives a real flavour of Caithness history through the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Anne M
Dunbar, United Kingdom
Treasure box

This should certainly be on your list of things to do if you are in or around Thurso and is full of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lincoln, 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 good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
+44 1847 896508
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is a hidden gem in Caithness. It gives a real flavour of Caithness history through the centuries. It has some amazing Pictish stones and a highly informative display which tells the story of the Dounreay Nuclear Plant.

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 6 days ago

This should certainly be on your list of things to do if you are in or around Thurso and is full of things of interest for all ages from ancient Viking Stones to Nuclear Power Plant control panels, with all sorts of geology, ecology, wildlife...More

Thank NeilSK
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum shows an interesting insight into the nuclear facility at Dounreay as well as areas such as the flow country. It has an excellent cafe too.

Thank Thelma A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely museum with a lot of information from the picts to the Dunreay Nuclear plant. Great videos on the area and great displays. Also had a nice gift shop, cafe and friendly staff, would reccommend.

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This came will recommend and did not disappoint. Easily worth 1.5 hours with great stuff well explained. The most interesting and informed and nicest staff I've met in many a long tour.

Thank Viewlander
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 15 August 2017 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 9 August 2017

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 1 August 2017 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
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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