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Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

| Lyness, KW16 3NT, Scotland
+44 1856 791300
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Closed! But still take the ferry

Arrived to find museum closed - new one due but delayed but still take the ferry to Lyness on Hoy... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
osmium2046
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London, United Kingdom
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Interesting and free!

I really enjoyed the visit. We took the ferry over to Hoy as foot passengers and worried that we... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Sooz1903
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Arrived to find museum closed - new one due but delayed but still take the ferry to Lyness on Hoy for the atmosphere, history, ride on the community bus - great driver provided all the news and history of Scapa Flow and visit the Stromabank...More

Thank osmium2046
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

I really enjoyed the visit. We took the ferry over to Hoy as foot passengers and worried that we would be stuck with nothing to do as it looks like there isn't much to see but we ended up running out of time. I noticed...More

Thank Sooz1903
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

It might be a serene and quiet place now but being the British Naval Fleet Base for WW/01/2 This place is time warp is one of the Worlds Largest natural harbours containing the German fleet that was Scuttled after WW2 it's a underwater divers playground...More

Thank James T
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

An informative display which needs a long time to go through but it's worth it. On top of that it's free with a nice cafe. As always in Orkney the staff are friendly.

Thank beemanjohn
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

We had an hour or so to fill before our ferry (next door). It is of course just a personal view but I found the wartime information very interesting but the heavy machinery less so. We had coffee and cakes in the cafe and they...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

The museum houses some large pieces of machinery which were of limited interest to me, however the exhibitions of artefacts from the battles in Scapa Flow and the personal stories were really interesting. The strategic importance of Scapa Flow was brought alive by the museum...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We were aware that a 2-hour guided tour of the former naval base was available on Tuesdays at 11 am and timed our visit to Hoy accordingly. (The tour fits in conveniently with the 10 am ferry from Houton.) Although there is a comprehensive leaflet...More

Thank Scotty062
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Part of the reason for our short hop across to Hoy was to visit the Scapa Flow museum. We decided to go out to the Martello Tower first (see separate review) which left us with limited time to look around the museum. The exhibits about...More

Thank gojph
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Spent a couple of hours here and we could have stayed longer. Lots of back ground to Orkney, in particular the Island of Hoy during the world wars. An essential visit if on Hoy.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We took the 10am ferry across on Tuesday from Houten specifically to get there in time for the 3 hour guided tour. Please note that if you want to take your car ( we went by foot) then phoning Orkney Ferries and booking is recommended...More

Thank BryceW359
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Response from MurielA47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Very sorry not to have replied sooner. We only had hot drinks and a scone there. I think that they may do sandwiches but it is a very small cafe with only about four or five tables and not much choice. There is nowhere... More
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