Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

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

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. Click here for more information about the history of Summerlee Museum.

Summerlee 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 the mine tour and miners’ row, refuel at the café and take home a lasting memory from our visitor shop.

Click to find out the 7 top things to see and do at Summerlee!

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


What’s On at Summerlee?  

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 Opening Hours

 Summerlee is free to visit, and is open 7 days a week:

  • From 1 April through to 31st October, 10am to 5pm
  • From 1 November to 31 March, 10am to 4pm

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Finding Us 

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Heritage Way, Coatbridge,

North Lanarkshire ML5 1QD



  • 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 within the museum grounds. Use of bike racks is at owner’s own risk.


Contact us

 Phone: 01236 638460



Summer 2017 events at Summerlee

Every day is a fun day at Summerlee this summer. As well as our Back to the 80s exhibition we have activities to make the most of the summer holidays. From arts & crafts to quizzes not to mention animation workshops, there’s sure to be fun for all every day of the summer holidays.

Mysteries of the 1980s
All summer holidays
Suitable for the whole family
Do you remember the 1980s? Take a look at our 1980s mystery objects case and see if you can identify them all. Fill in the quiz sheet and be entered into the prize draw.

Arts and Crafts
Mon – Fri (3 July until 11 August (not 2 August)
11am – 3pm
Suitable for the whole family
Try your hand at one of our traditional craft activities (a different one each day). If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a weaver, a rug maker or a potter, then come and have a go.

Games and Comics of the 1980s
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 31, August 7 and 11
11am – 3pm
Suitable for the whole family
What did children do for fun in the 1980s? Comics came from the paper shop and video games
were a new invention. Come along and have a flick through some classic 80s comics and try out
some of the earliest video games.

Photobomb the 1980s
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 31, August 7 and 11
11am – 3pm
Suitable for the whole family
With green screen technology you can put yourself in the 1980s, and with our selection of authentic 1980s props and costumes, you’ll look just the part!

large-cnl_01084sumsumcamp_animpu_300x250px_pacmanSummerlee 80s Movie Season
We have a summer of 1980s blockbusters for families …

The Empire Strikes Back (4th and 6th July) 1:30pm – U
Ghostbusters (11th and 13th July) 1:30pm – PG
Labyrinth (18th and 20th July) 1:30pm – U
Back to the Future (25th and 27th July) 1:30pm – U
Return of the Jedi (1st and 3rd August) 1:30pm – U
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (8th and 10th August) 1:30pm – U

80s Blockbusters: Jedi Academy
Tuesday 4th July
Suitable for all ages
In the blockbuster movie, The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker meets Jedi Master Yoda and begins his Jedi training. Can you master the power of the Force and train to be a Jedi Knight? You’ll have to complete the final training task – design and construct your very own lightsabre.

Lego Animation workshops – 1980s film themes
Tuesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 July and 1 August
(10am – 2pm)
Thursdays 6, 13, 20, 27 July and 3 August
(12pm – 4pm)
7 – 13years
Recreate scenes from classic 1980s films like Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and more using Lego animation with soundtrack. Your unique work will be posted on VIMEO for you to view and download at home.
Advance booking required as places are limited. Call 01236 632828 or email

80s Blockbusters: Ectoplasm Investigation
Tuesday 11th July
There’s something strange…in Summerlee. Mysterious happenings, spooky sounds and disgusting puddles of ectoplasm appearing. There’s a mystery to be solved and we need your help. Warning: You may get slimed!

1980s Arts and Crafts
Thursday 20 July
12pm – 2pm (booking essential as places
6 years +
Power to the People…Strike and make a Statement! Have fun making your very own placard or banner using stencils and cut outs and let your views be heard! All materials (and some
issues) supplied.
Advance booking required as places are limited. Call 01236 632828 or email

1980s Arts and Crafts
Thursday 27 July
12pm – 2pm
6 years +
Slave To The Rhythm – using block-print techniques, design and make your own Long Play (LP) record cover. Take a leaf from the masters of 1980s cover design and create the next big thing!
Advance booking required as places are limited. Call 01236 632828 or email

80s Blockbusters: Star Wars Peg Dolls
Tuesday 1st August
Many children in the 1980s had a large collection of Star Wars figures. Combine collecting with crafting – make and take home your own Star Wars peg doll, complete with tiny lightsabre.

Fantastical Animation – Pets Animation Workshop
Wednesday 9 to Thursday 10 August
11am – 2pm
8 – 13 years
Work with an animation expert to create some weird and wonderful characters and bring them to life with movement, sound and music in this two-day, animation workshop.
Advance booking required as places are limited. Call 01236 632828 or email

Photo Mementos
Saturday 12 August
12pm – 4pm
All ages welcome
£2 per item
Take home a unique, little, photo gift of friends and family made into a keyring, badge or fridge magnet from your day at Summerlee Museum.
Drop in Activity

Period Photo Portraits
Sunday 13 August
12pm – 4pm
All ages welcome
£3 per photo
Activity is free but a small charge will be made for any printing done. Using ‘police style’ Mac software create your own unique characters and people. Great fun for all ages.
Drop in activity.

Steam in 3D? Three Dimensional Printer Demonstrations
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August
11am – 4pm
All ages welcome
As part of Summerlee’s Steam Fair weekend, drop by and see a 3D printer in action. Watch how it handles a range of products from a mini steam engine, to articulated skeletons. Awesome!
Drop in activity.

Use the arrow keys to move and click the link twice to include a 2nd player (which uses the A,S,W,D keys to move).

Book an event at Summerlee

Want to have your birthday party at Summerlee? Click here for more information!

Interested in hiring our conference room? Click here for more information.