Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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Mike
Glossop, UK363 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
This place could be brilliant. Just needs a bit more expenditure. They obviously have issues with vandalism, particularly with the Vulcan boat and the Blue Train.

There is a poorly utilised “viewing area” overlooking the ironworks site which is now heavily overgrown, but no information at all about the history of the site or what we’re looking at. There is a disused projecting podium structure too with great views and a virtually abandoned boardwalk.

The main display hall is ok, but needs updating.

Cafe is good and very reasonably priced.

Lots of play areas set up for the kiddy winks, but perhaps want rebalancing to attract other visitors interested in finding out more about industrial history of the area.

Good tram ride, mine is good and the cottages are interesting. Just a bit let down by decay and vandalism in some areas. Still worth a visit!
Written 12 August 2022
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Michael W
Lantzville, Canada36 contributions
Jun 2022
This extensive museum gives one a look at the lives of the people in a Steel/Coal/Foundry town over a period of 150 years. The displays of ancient machinery are well laid out, and the cottages of the people who worked there over a period of over 100 years are accurately displayed with artifacts and museum pieces over each ten-year period in the life of this region. Imagine our surprise and delight when we came across a photo of my wife's mum from 1943, when she was a volunteer with the attack watch group.
Some of the pieces (locomotives, cranes, huge plate handling machines etc are too huge to be housed inside, but seeing them outside, gradually rusting away gives one a feling of the immense history of the industrial revolution.
I was so enthralled by this place, that we went back twice.
As well, the cafe/coffee shop/souvenir shop is really worth your while.
Written 6 August 2022
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14janey
Aberdeen, UK84 contributions
Jul 2022
The inside exhibition was very interesting, although some of the exhibits could have been better displayed. Some parts were missing and examples of the uses of the equipment would have been good for the general public/labelling needed to be better.

The outside displays were awful-just left rotting away, especially the Vulcan boat/the locomotive. So sad to see the state of things. Even if the engineering pavilion had sides to it the items would have been better protected.
Again there was no labelling for identification.

Enjoyed the workers' cottages but they were very dirty/needing a good deep clean.

If there was a small admission charge perhaps these issues could be addressed.

We were disappointed really with the neglect (the outside in particular).
The canal/Howes basin were full of algae and needed dredging.
Written 14 July 2022
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Alison
Alloa, UK29 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Great afternoon out to see the Glitz and Glamour Exhibition. Had lunch in the cafe good selection of sandwiches, toasties and paninis. Always enjoy a trip down to see the old mining cottages through the decades. We had a walk along the old canal sight and had ice cream before heading home.
Written 3 July 2022
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Kirsty M
Paisley, UK67 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I visited Summerlee with my partner and we spent two hours, indoors and out. If it's raining or you don't want to walk around outside, I'd leave an hour for the indoor section. Very interesting and well laid out! I don't think it would be interesting for young children, because it is very focused on written descriptions.
Written 10 April 2022
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sirl0inlr
Glasgow, UK34 contributions
Mar 2022
ad a super day here - 6 hours - lots to look at, from the remains of the steelworks to the various pieces of machinery. Also the tram running round the site. The highlight for me was the cottages, rooms done to various different periods. In the 60s room was the Keymatic - a real memory from my childhood.

Cafe OK, but nothing special.
Written 4 March 2022
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SansXut
Lochwinnoch, UK6 contributions
Feb 2022
Some outdoor stuff are due a good cleaning. Friendly staff.

Class 311 shows a picture of a Class 303 on its info board for some reason but still good to see a 311 still stands
Written 26 February 2022
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Sharon G
Darvel, Scotland, United Kingdom128 contributions
Jan 2022
Just brilliant... My on!y fault was my own by not going earier. Will next time..

Only had two hours and it wasn't long enough. Xx

Ps My older grown up son is in a wheel chair. All was accessible.
Written 23 January 2022
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Alastair S
Glasgow, UK16 contributions
Oct 2021
Visited on a "dreich" Sunday morning - dull and wet but every member of staff was cheery and welcoming. The cafe uses plastic cutlery and paper plates but the baked potato I had was massive and overflowing with beans - very good value. The main exhibition hall is massive with lots of industrial exhibits mainly of local interest so plenty of shelter if it's raining. Larger items are outside including a tramway with a short ride. This is the only item you pay for. The driver was very chatty and gave
a lot of information.
Written 31 October 2021
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Bunty8
North Ayrshire, UK539 contributions
Jul 2021
Good day out for families and it’s free, had to book time slot due to COVID.
There is plenty to see and do around the site, some areas were unfortunately closed again due to COVID restrictions. There is a tram which takes you on a short trip around the site, small fee for this.
Plenty of parking and a tearoom on site, didn’t use it though as it was quite busy. Something for all ages to enjoy.
Written 29 August 2021
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