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Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Coatbridge ML5 1QD
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life - Summerlee is the museum of Scottish industrial life. It has working machinery, and a working tramway, that takes visitors to a reconstructed mine. Admission is free.
Summerlee, the museum of Scottish industrial life in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire is a Visit Scotland '4-star' rated visitor attraction, which had a £10 million redevelopment in 2008, including £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In 2012, a new covered display area for key items of large engineering equipment was provided.
The main exhibition hall, created in the late 1980's from the former Hydrocon Crane works, now provides an excellent space for the museum's displays and working machinery, including a huge winding engine from the former Cardowan Colliery.
The exhibition hall also houses our cafe, fully-accessible toilets, a shop and meeting room. The room seats up to 30, has full audio-visual facilities and is available for hire.
Outside, within the 20 acre site, you can find a working tramway, with historic trams taking visitors to the reconstructed mine and the miner's cottages. The mine shows the tough conditions in which local miners had to work, and the cottages their living conditions from the 1840s to the 1980s. A short walk up a restored branch of the Monklands Canal is an all-ages playpark and picnic area.
During the holidays there are various craft and other activities for children, as well as seasonal events for all ages and interests.