Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

A leading 4-star visitor attraction with free admission

Summerlee Museum

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 1 November – 1 March). Admission is free.

Opening times

Monday – Sunday from 10am to 5pm (10am to 4pm for the winter season – 1 November to end of February). Admission is free.

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

Plan your visit

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 (Summerlee Engineering Pavilion) for our key items of large engineering equipment.

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.

Free Wi-Fi is available.

Address: Summerlee Museum, Heritage Way, Coatbridge, ML5 1QD

Corporate Hire

The exhibition hall seats up to 30, has full audio-visual facilities and is available for hire.

Birthday parties, and also school & group visits.

About Us

Outside, within our 20 acre site, we also have a working tramway, with historic trams taking visitors to the reconstructed mine and the miners’ 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.

What’s On:

Activities & Events – During the holidays we have various craft and other activities for children, as well as seasonal events for all ages and interests.  Why not combine your visit to Summerlee with a visit to the nearby Time Capsule waterpark?

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