Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Coatbridge

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Focusing on the Monklands area, Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life features the social and industrial history of Central Scotland. You will experience the Monkland Canal, an operating boat shop, an archaeological excavation of 1830s ironworks, a coal mine, and much more. All ages are sure to enjoy the interactive exhibits here, too, such as the reconstructed miners' cottages and mine. The indoor and outdoor museum features an electric tramway that provides transport around the site. Before you leave, check out the gift shop and play area for children, or stop by the cafe to grab some refreshments. Special events are also occasionally offered. Plan to visit Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Coatbridge attractions using our Coatbridge trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is an amazing place to visit - so educational and interesting for everyone. Seeing our local history is amazing - everyone should visit and it is Free lol  more »
  • Very educational and every exhibet is clearly explained and in language children will understand ..there is a row of rebuilt cottages dating from early 1700's throught to 1980's..and an mineshaft to e...  more »
  • Recommended by my daughter. This museum is a hidden gem with lots to see and do. It will repay several visits. Great value café as well.  more »
  • A great free museum which will be loved by children and adults alike. I enjoy the interactive features and displays but just the fact that the machines are moving and making noises are great. Round the back the mine exhibition and the old houses through the years are a great touch. And of course a working tram to take you between the two bits. Big play area for the kids too. Great stuff.
  • My word a great day out that's free! Great for the kids a large museum with live performances, well informed staff whom are more than willing to answer any questions. A great mix of museum attractions and a super clean non vandalised play ground for the kids which in the sunshine is fantastic. The cafe which is what you would expect from any museum was cheap and there are little gems that you can add on for a very small additional charge of around £1.50 for both unlimited use of the tram and again £1.50 for a mine tour all of which is supporting the museum so in my humble estimation well worth it.
  • I love this place, i used to come when i was younger before it was revamped. I now take my kids here and it's even better since it's been revamped. It's free entry to the museum, there are extras to pay for like the tram ride and the coal mine tour but they are not too expensive and well worth it, even once. There is a play park too for the kids and a canal which is nice for a walk on a sunny day. Definitely a place to visit at least once if not many.
  • Fantastic place that takes donations rather than charging. Little cafe in the museum is very good and reasonable price. The play park is great for toddlers and older children. Love the old tram that takes you from front gate to the old miners cottages where you can also take a guided tour under ground, hard hat provided.
  • Great family day out. Free entry (donations accepted) nice cafe at reasonable prices. Well maintained and close to train station. Lots to see and do...well worth a visit!!

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