Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
COATBRIDGE, NORTH LANARKSHIRE
A 20-acre museum of social and industrial history centring on the remains of the Summerlee Ironworks which were put into blast in the 1830s. The exhibition hall features displays of social and industrial history including working machinery, hands-on activities and recreated workshop interiors. Outside, Summerlee operates the only working Edwardian tram in Scotland, a coal mine and reconstructed miners' rows with interiors dating from the 1840s to the 1980s. There is also a traditional sweet shop with hundreds of varieties of jarred sweets and fresh-cut fudges.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Coal mine tour not accessible, miner's cottages narrow doors with removable ramps, Edwardian trams restricted access
- Facilities: Wheelchair available, ramp to access cottages & staff assistance
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open summer 10-5, winter 10-4
Also in the Area
About The area
Discover North Lanarkshire
Visiting North Lanarkshire is about getting active and heading outside to enjoy the beauty of the country parks and natural scenery. It’s about delving into the area’s past to find out about how industry and the people of Lanarkshire have shaped the county into what it is today. It’s about sampling local produce and catching your dinner.
The county features Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest, home to over 70 different species. Or visit the Roman remains of the Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around AD142 to mark the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, which was, at the time, the biggest engineering project Scotland had ever seen. Alternatively, relax and play a round at one of North Lanarkshire’s many golf clubs or gaze up at the stars at the Airdrie Observatory.
Restaurants and Pubs
Recommended things to do
Why Choose Rated Trips
Your trusted guide to rated places across the UK
The Best Coverage
Discover more than 15,000 professionally rated places to stay, eat and visit from across the UK and Ireland.
Choose a place to stay safe in the knowledge that it has been expertly assessed by trained assessors.
Plan Your Next Trip
Search by location or the type of place you're visiting to find your next ideal holiday experience.
Read our articles, city guides and recommended things to do for inspiration. We're here to help you explore the UK.