Edinburgh Sights

The Scottish Mining Museum

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  • Newtongrange

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

In the former mining community of Newtongrange, the Scottish Mining Museum provides a good introduction to the history of Scotland's mining industry. With the help of videos you can experience life deep below the ground. There are also interactive displays and "magic helmets" that bring the tour to life and relate the power that the mining company had over the lives of the individual workers here, in Scotland's largest planned-mining village. This frighteningly autocratic system survived well into the 1930s—the company owned the houses, shops, and even the pub. The scenery is no more attractive than you would expect, with the green Pentland Hills hovering in the distance.

Sight Information

Address:

A7, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4QN, Scotland

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Phone:

0131-663–7519

Sight Details:

  • £7.50
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 10–5; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–4; last admission 1½ hrs before closing. Guided tours daily at 11:30, 1:30, and 3

Published 10/27/2015

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