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Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

| Lyness, KW16 3NT, Scotland
+44 1856 791300
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Interesting place

A great free museum in one of the old buildings of the former naval base. The exhibits were well... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Iain A
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
You never see so much old WWII machinery

Old boilers and pumps relating to when this was the home of the Grand Fleet. Nice staff. Wish we'd... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard A
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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 6 days ago

A great free museum in one of the old buildings of the former naval base. The exhibits were well laid out with lots of information to read and absorb. In an old oil tank were a few military vehicles and a searchlight, and a video...More

Thank Iain A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old boilers and pumps relating to when this was the home of the Grand Fleet. Nice staff. Wish we'd had more time. If you like old machinery this is a must.

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit when on Hoy, full of information about the local history through the wars, naval and island. Nice exhibitions and displays,great wee gift shop. Cafe on premises with nice homely food.

Thank ScotlandE_mc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting little restaurant with a variety of lovely food served by very friendly and professional staff. The restaurant together with the museum and its display items made this visit informative and memorable.

Thank Geekgirl87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called in briefly before our return ferry to Orkney Mainland, really just for a cup of tea. The this museum is so interesting that we wished we had longer. There is lots of information about Lyness, the village - town really during WW2, the...More

1  Thank HarperJane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really good place to find out more about the importance of Scapa Flow in both World War 1 and 2, and the work of the Royal Navy on Hoy between 1916 and the eventual closure of the base after World War 2....More

Thank greg743
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

A must to visit with many artefacts and military items you need a minimum of 2 hours. Admission by donation Small friendly cafe. Half an hour of audio visuals shown in a massive old oil tank filled with displays walk around. Top notch. Real highlight

Thank Ross R
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This is a superb and informative museum. This is a large site with a large building containing the main exhibition area, plus shop and tea room, with a large boat shed nearby with a number of interesting boats (including the Orkney bank ship), and a...More

Thank John&Betty
Reviewed 23 June 2017

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 11 June 2017

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
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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