Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

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Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life reopened on Monday 26th April.

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Summerlee Museum welcomes you to its 20 acre site with free admission and all-weather facilities. It all adds up to a belter of a family day out!

You must book in advance to visit Summerlee Museum.

Situated in Coatbridge, an important centre within Scotland’s ‘industrial heartland’, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life is built on the site of the old Summerlee Ironworks, and incorporated the main workshop of the former Hydrocon Crane factory.

Read the history of Summerlee Museum.

Summerlee Museum received a £10 million redevelopment in 2008, and today the museum is a modern and thriving visitor attraction. Rated a four star attraction by Visit Scotland, it’s the perfect setting for an unforgettable family day out.

From our amazing array of social history and interactive displays to our award-winning play park – there’s so much to see and do. Take a ride on the tram, experience miners’ row, refuel at the café and take home a lasting memory from our visitor shop.

Why not explore the site in a unique way by downloading the free Global Treasure app before you visit? Use the app to find clues, collect rewards and learn loads!


Glasgow’s Last Tram Restoration Project

The “last tram restoration project” aims to restore Glasgow Coronation Tram, No. 1245 built in 1939. Restoration started in 2011, at Summerlee Museum where our volunteer team workshop is based. Read about the ‘Glasgow’s Last Tram’ project.

Glasgow's Last Tram

What’s On at Summerlee?  

Summerlee Museum Events and Exhibitions


Opening Hours

  • Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
  • 2 hour sessions

Finding Us

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Heritage Way, Coatbridge,

North Lanarkshire ML5 1QD

01236 638460



CultureNL encourages a greener form of travel. Reducing your carbon footprint by taking public transport is easy as Summerlee Museum is a only short walk from Coatbridge Sunnyside and Coatbridge Central Train Station. Plan your journey with traveline.

We have a small car park located at Summerlee Museum which includes six disabled parking spaces near the museum entrance. On event days and during school holidays, we expect the site to be very busy. You’ll find additional car parking at the Time Capsule – SatNav: ML5 1DL.

The museum is also on the National Cycle Route 75 and there are bike parking facilities at both gates – no bikes can be ridden with in the museum gates.

Parking and Travel Guidance


AccessAble - click for access information

  • Wheelchair accessible tram
  • Exhibition hall fully accessible
  • Lift to gallery space and Ironworks view pod

No dogs (except assistance dogs) are permitted on site.

Please do not cycle or ride scooters/skateboard within the museum grounds, due to tramlines. Use of bike racks is at owner’s own risk.

Please do not fish in the canal.


Contact Us

Phone: 01236 638460



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Summerlee Museum Conference Room