Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

A leading 4-star visitor attraction with free admission


Welcome to Summerlee, the museum of Scottish industrial life in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.  We are open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm (to 4pm during Nov - March). Admission is free.

Please note that we are closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 2.  

A Visit Scotland '4-star' rated visitor attraction, we had a £10 million redevelopment in 2008, including £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

In 2012 we invested £100,000, including £80,000 from Museums Galleries Scotland, in a new covered display area for our key items of large engineering equipment. See link in the box on the right for full details - Summerlee Engineering Pavilion.

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 our 20 acre site, we also have 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 our all-ages playpark and picnic area.

During the holidays we have various craft and other activities for children, as well as seasonal events for all ages and interests.  For details check out the Events and Exhibitions page for Museums. Why not combine your visit to Summerlee with a visit to the nearby Time Capsule waterpark? Check the link on the right for full details.

Please note that dogs - apart from officially certificated Guide or Assistance dogs - are not allowed within the grounds of the museum at any time.

Opening times:

Monday - Sunday from 10am to 5pm (10am to 4pm for the winter season - end of October to end of March). Admission is free.

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