7a. Whithorn Visitor Centre and Dig

The Visitor Centre is on George Street, the town's main road. Open Easter to end of October, 10.30am - 5.00pm daily. Small admission charge.

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The Visitor Centre provides a fascinating introduction to the history and archaeology of Whithorn, Scotland's oldest town and the cradle of Christianity in Scotland.

An audio visual show and exhibition tell the story of Whithorn from its 5th century beginnings through to its development into one of the most important pilgrim centres in medieval Europe. The Discovery Centre on the first floor has a special "hands on" display which lets visitors of all ages find out about the world of archaeology. Also on show are some of the finds from the recent dig.

Guided tours take the visitor outside to the excavation site. Here, in the shadow of the medieval priory, are the foundations of the 8th century Northumbrian church. This huge building, a unique example of a wooden church from the Dark Ages, was built around a shrine to an early and unknown saint.