Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life



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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.

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Heritage Way,West Canal Street,COATBRIDGE,ML5 1QD


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchair available, ramp to access cottages & staff assistance
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open summer 10-5, winter 10-4

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.

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