Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, is a free entry industrial & social history museum in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is situated on the site of the Victorian Summerlee Iron Works and the former Hydrocon Crane factory. The main Hydrocon factory building became the museum’s exhibition hall but it has been substantially changed and adapted since. The museum aims to show Lanarkshire's contribution to engineering, mining, steel working, weaving and farming, and also show the lives of the people of the area. It includes interactive displays and a temporary exhibition space.
The museum also incorporates several railway steam locomotives, preserved carriages from a 1960s era Glasgow Class 311 and has a short working heritage tram line.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Chris Waco | May 13, 2018
It's small, but free. Perfect for couple hours. If interested in history great, if young kids (under 6) great to explore. Would suggest make a donation. Cafe is fine. Check their website as often have small exhibitions. Enjoy
Daniel Went | Apr 9, 2018
Absolutely fascinating industrial site, suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. The majority of the site is wheelchair/buggy accessible, there is a large and well-maintained outdoors playground and, inside the very informative exhibition hall, there is a small soft play area and multiple toddler play stations. On the day we visited, a temporary arts and craft stand and petting zoo were open too. It would have been nice to see more display boards covering the archeological excavations and the mine (although both are quite extensive, there isn't really anything on site to tell you what you're looking at) and it's worth noting that the car park and cafe both seem to get very busy during holidays. Neither a reason to remove stars from an otherwise brilliant (and free) attraction though. We'll definitely be back again.
Caroline Stewart | Feb 21, 2018
Fantastic Museum exploring Scotland's industrial history. Lots to see and do. There is a mine tour and also for a small fee you can ride a tram around the site and the tram ticket lasts you all day. Otherwise the museum is completely free and there is plenty of parking. One of the must sees are the period cottages that depict life in various centuries. Well worth a visit.
Krystian | May 18, 2018
Great place for kids. They can see many interesting things, and play outside. We spent there few hours and we had really good fun.
jackie higgins | Apr 19, 2018
What a great day out!! Enjoyed the tram ride to the little cottages. Really interesting. Lots to keep kids entertained. Great play park and cafe.
Elise Armer | Jul 22, 2018
Fantastic museum with lots to see and do. Had a day here with friends who were visiting. The kids with us were 7, 5, 3, and 11 months. The outdoor play area was fantastic, they all enjoyed the tram ride, looking round the cottages and the walk along the canal. The main museum has plenty for kids to do and the 7 year old loved all the old machinery. I've been once before with my parents and they loved the history too. We'll worth a visit with any age group.
Robert Clelland | Jul 19, 2018
Not been before. So we both had a nice day out. Interesting things to see about our past. Brought back memories away back in the 1960's. Fantastic. Brilliant
Alison Shearer | Jul 17, 2018
A great day out for all the family. There are houses and gardens from various decades 1880- 1980. A mine and a tram that you can ride on and it's over 100 years old. Then there is the indoor museum. I would recommend this to people of all ages.
Kate Kilpatrick | Jul 25, 2018
Great place to visit for children & adults. Museum is very child friendly with extra activities on during summer break. This place takes you back through time in a mining community. Great outdoor play area, canal walks. There is as iron hull barge sited near the play park this has been covered into a museum of the life of this barge. Fantastic wheelchair access, public toilets, cafe small gift shop. You can also ride a tram for a small charge. Entry to museum is free. The tram takes you to the other end of Summerlee where you will find an old fashioned sweet shop, several houses showing you how people lived between 19th to 20th century. Well worth a visit.
Dorothy Hunt | Jul 22, 2018
Husband loved it. I preferred the ruins, would have liked more information about them. No one to ask and not much in the way of information boards.
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