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Caithness Horizons

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Address: Old Town Hall High Street | High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1847 896508
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Historical ancient & modern

Living near here I really should use this place more often, it has a visitors centre, shop, cafe & museum. The Dounreay exhibit & film is a particularly good record of how the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
peter s
Thurso, United Kingdom
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Thurso, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Living near here I really should use this place more often, it has a visitors centre, shop, cafe & museum. The Dounreay exhibit & film is a particularly good record of how the first fast reactor was developed, the site history of Dounreay & how it is being cleaned up. Interesting carved stones from 1300 years ago. Plenty of free... More 

Thank peter s
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a wonderful informative journey through time in this free to enter museum. The place has lots to offer giving you an historical tour of Caithness. There is also an excellent cafe and small gift shop.

Thank Ged B
Scotland, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great cafe for a bit of lunch or just a coffee and cake. They always have a good selection of home baking on offer - big cake slices, scones, tray bakes, etc. They all look lovely and taste great. Service is good and there's free wifi - always a bonus when kids are in tow!

Thank Elaine T
Halkirk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went again today. Helpful and pleasant staff (best point).Nice food. I had Chilli Chicken Panini and my (87 year old) friend had a freshly baked scone.Coffee and Earl Grey tea.Clean,airy and a great place for a chat with friends. Reliable, that's it's best point.

Thank David M
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We spent a rainy morning at this museum recently and were most impressed. It provides an excellent, comprehensive introduction to the history and ecology of the Caithness region, including the impact of the Dounreay nuclear power station. Thered is an excellent film, best viewed at the outset of a visit, and the display is particularly well documented and informative.

Thank Skipper38
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

The Caithness Horizons center is an absolute must to get the most of your visit to this area of Scotland. I was welcomed with each of my several visits there over the course of a month and always received very specific and easy to use information that truly helped make my stay more than I ever imagined. In addition the... More 

Thank Judy S
Stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Really good museum with lots of information about Caithness. The video is well worth a watch before exploring the local area and the café was good too.

Thank Sandra B
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

A great museum, free entry but I was happy to give a donation. Included in the history of the local area is a fascinating exhibition on the Dounreay Nuclear facility along the cost, including the original control panels. It's a shame that has had to be cordoned off, but I guess some people can't be trusted to treat things with... More 

Thank MikeX4356
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Located in Thurso, this museum has been created to a very high standard and illustrates the history of Caithness from prehistoric times to the mid 20th century. The Dounreay exhibition is particularly interesting and successfully explains to the layman what the experimental reactors were all about, regardless of whether the visitor is pro or anti nuclear power. The film shown... More 

Thank Alan_bei_Berlin
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Repeated visits to Horizons were always met with cheerfulness and great help by the staff even when deluged with surprise visitors looking for accommodation. The displays are varied, skilfully presented and intruiging. The shop and cafe are all very well presented. If you're looking for ancestors the Caithness genealogy group meets here regularly. Really worth a visit.

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