Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Coatbridge

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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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  • Brilliant trip. An excellent park, very interesting with helpful staff. The guided tour with hard hats around a simulated mine was very educational and really enjoyed by the teenagers 
  • went with the kids was free entry , you get to see loads of old machinery take a short train journey to a wee row of miners cottages and go underground to a mine to see how our ancestors worked down t...  read more »
  • Visited here with the family and wasn't disappointed all the old houses from the 1980s and longer 1700s old sweet shop mines etc worth the visit nice and clean park good for kids 
  • Spur of the moment visit with our 2 children (both boys under 8) - they had visited before with their boys club and raved about the site. We weren't sure what to expect but we're pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The museum at the forefront is AMAZING, very informative and interactive with loads about subjects of the eras and not only mining! We enjoyed the tram ride & the tour down the mine! Also the cottages were a step back in time showing what our ancestors might have lived like up to when we were kids in the 1980s! The 'Wee Sweet Shop' went down a treat with the boys and the fudge was divine! We also brought home a few goodies from the souveneir shop too! Downside was finding a park when we arrived. Avoid trying to park at the venue, park down the main road and walk if you can. The car park is very small for such a big venue unfortunately, so if it's busy; avoid it. OR leave your car at home and catch the train! Great for all ages!
  • A great day out, lots to see and do. I was there with Adult learners and was very impressed with the staff all of whom made us feel very welcome. The guides were very knowledgeable about all aspects of life and work for the miners and their families. Well worth a visit, an inexpensive day out for all the family!
  • As a local resident, we have to endure the yearly barrage of inconsiderate knob ends who park their cars all over the place, along narrow streets, in resident only parking, taking residents disabled spaces as well as care home disabled spaces. These people are the scourge of society and cause residents no end of grief. We used to consider it only once a year and fair play for local interest, but after being made to wait 40 minutes to get back into our own street only to find we couldn't park our own car and my disabled wife had to be helped home by neighbors I lost all consideration for the museum and those disrespectful scumbags who don't care about anyone else other than themselves.
  • Mainly about iron and steel making in the area, but this museum has a lot of family interest stuff that makes it very accessible. Lots of hands on exhibits or just toys which entertain young children. Sections about lifestyles with a street of complete houses furnished for decades from the last 180 years. Spacious. Clear signs on exhibits, not too long to read. Friendly. North Lanarkshire looks like a good council area.
  • Came here for a truck show. Enjoyed the full day museum and parks was great. Tram was great fun and cheap to. Would revisit again.
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