Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum

Prestongrange is a free open-air museum. With both indoor and outdoor sites it a great place to visit no matter the weather.

Prestongrange is a site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution. Former uses have included:

  • a 16th century harbour
  • a 17th century glass works
  • 18th & 19th century potteries
  • 19th & 20th century coal mine and brick works

Remnants of these industries can still be seen and many of the structures are still intact. Examples include the rare Hoffman Kiln (built in 1937) and the Cornish Beam Engine (unique in Scotland as the only beam engine still on the site where it worked).

Our Visitor Centre includes new displays, touchscreen computer, film and a children's section.

Come and learn about the different industries that took place on site, in a short film or using our ‘Walkie Talkie’ mobile tours. Our touchscreen computer reveals the archaeology of the site.

Prestongrange is a family friendly site with an indoor play area, fun activity sheets, outdoor games, kid friendly snacks and more. Visiting with small children? Visit our under 5s and kid pages for what to do with your family at Prestongrange.

The Pithead Canteen - cafe - is located in the Visitor Centre which once served as the miners’ canteen. We serve hot and cold drinks as well as light refreshments.

The site is open to the public all day, throughout the year. The visitor centre and exhibitions are open between 11.30am and 4.30pm from April to September.

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