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Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

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Prestongrange is a free open- air museum - managed by East Lothian Council Museums - and a site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution. It was the location of a sixteenth-century harbour, a seventeenth-century glass works, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century potteries and a nineteenth/twentieth-century coal mine and brick works.

Remnants of these former industries can still be seen, including 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.

Prestongrange is a family friendly site, with a dedicated play area located in the Visitor Centre, entertaining trailsheets and outdoor games with an open play area.

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

We have a regular schedule of fun events and temporary exhibitions.
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  • The ‘museum’ itself appears to be a collection of exhibits from the early stages of the industrial revolution. If that’s of interest to you then great. The site itself is also in somewhat decay, and.....  more »
  • This is a great place for the children to run free and have fun. They can play on the old train carriage for hours.  more »
  • Very interesting. The narrative in the visitor centre seems a bit one sided, but overall very informative. Didn't have time to get inside of the buildings but even walking the site and reading the info boards was nice.
  • What a great family experience, for those on any budget. The complex is fun to explore at your own pace, but at £2:80 per adult, the guided tour is excellent; giving background to the 800 years of history and access to some of the buildings and exhibits.
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