The Devil's Porridge Exhibition


Daleside, Eastriggs, Annan, Dumfriesshire, DG12 6TQ

    This attraction provides an informative and entertaining day out for all the family. It pays tribute to the role of munitions workers particularly in the First World War, to the changing role of women and to urban planning in Scotland.

    With the tide of the First World War turning in Germany's favour, it was clear Britain and her allies did not have enough ammunition and so in 1915 the greatest munitions factory on earth was built in Gretna. Over 30,000 people were employed in the factory which stretched 9 miles from Dornock to Longtown and was 2 miles wide. The output of the HM Factory Gretna was more than all other munitions factories in Britain combined and played a key role in the Allies' victory.

    The Devil's Porridge Exhibition is a remarkable community initiative telling the story of this remarkable venture and the secret cities which were created to accommodate its workers. Also covered in the exhibition is the story of the worst railway disaster in British history at nearby Quintinshill, the experience of the Kings' Own Scottish Borderers in the Gallipoli campaign, as well as the stories of children evacuated to the area during the Second World War.

    3 Museum
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    4 Apr 2014 - 31 Oct 2014

    Open from 10 am until 4 pm Monday to Saturday and from 12 noon until 4 pm on Sundays.


    • Shop A range of gifts and homemade produce is available depending on the season.
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Toilets Separate Men's, Ladies and disabled toilet facilities are provided

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • No credit cards accepted
    • Cash
    • Cheque


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • On Public Transport Route 100 yards from bus stop
    • Disabled Parking
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Children Welcome Children love to see how grandma and granddad lived in the War and grandparents love telling them. there are dressing up clothes, free colouring in pages at the play table and free puzzle sheets to keep younger ones occupied.


    • Disabled Access
    • Smoking Restricted Smoking is permitted outside the indoor exhibition space.
    • Picnic Area


    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens Concessionary rates are available for over 60s

    Public Transport Directions

    Bus services 79/179/379 connect Eastriggs with Dumfries, Carlisle, Annan and Gretna. Nearest train stations are at Annan and Gretna Green.


    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps


    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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