The Devil's Porridge Museum


Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs, Dumfries and Galloway, DG12 6TF

    Discover the remarkable wartime story of the greatest munitions factory on Earth and the extraordinary lives of the people who worked there. Through objects and interactive displays, our museum brings to life our secret wartime history.

    The Devil's Porridge Museum tells the remarkable story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth, HM Factory Gretna. Built during the First World War, the factory stretched nine miles along the Solway Coast and at its height, produced more cordite explosive than all the other UK factories combined.

    In less than one year, two new townships had been designed and built by the pioneers of the Garden City movement; Eastriggs and Gretna provided housing, amenities and recreation for the 30,000 factory workers who came from all across the Empire.

    Through unique objects and interactive displays, our new museum in Eastriggs brings to life the secret wartime history of southwest Scotland and Cumbria. Explore life in the trenches, learn about the worst rail disaster in British history and discover what life was like in the factory and the hostels for the thousands of people that helped Britain win the war.

    4 Museum
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    20 Jan 2016 - 21 Dec 2016

    Monday to Saturday - 10am-5pm
    Sunday - 10am-4pm

    Closed 14 December 2015 to 10 January 2016 inclusive

    Group booking by appointment all year


    • Some or all of the displays/exhibits/parts of the attraction
    • Tactile displays/exhibits
    • The main entrance has level access


    • 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.
    • Highchair Available


    • 24hr CCTV
    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • Picnic Area
    • Smoking Restricted Smoking is permitted outside the indoor exhibition space.


    • Rural Location
    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens Our museum and site is fully-accessible by wheelchair.
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens Concessionary rates are available for over 60s
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Our cafe sells a delicious range of food including cakes, scones, traybakes, soups and sandwiches. We sell local ice cream made with organic milk and our coffee is also organic, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance verified. We can cater for booked large groups.
    • Gluten Free Gluten free traybakes are available
    • Lunch Available Our cafe sells a range of food and drink including cakes, scones, soups, sandwiches and organic coffee.
    • Organic Food
    • Shop A range of gifts and homemade produce is available depending on the season.
    • Tea & Coffee Available Our coffee is organic, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance verified
    • Vegetarian Food Available


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

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route 100 yards from bus stop

    Public Transport Directions

    Bus services 79/179/379 connect Eastriggs with Dumfries, Carlisle, Annan and Gretna.

    The closest train stations are at Annan (4.5 miles) and Gretna Green (4.5 miles). 


    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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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
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Where there are films or information touch screens, they have visual / audible subtitles [e.g. to describe icons and images]
    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided


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

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Menus available in large print [i.e.14pt and over]


    • There is a lift


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training

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

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