Prestongrange is a free, family friendly open-air museum on the site of a former colliery.
The site is open year round and the visitor centre, exhibitions, children's play area and café are open April to September. For centuries Prestongrange was a place of intense industrial activity. A harbour, glass works, pottery, colliery and brickworks have all left their marks on the landscape. Cradled by woodland with views out over the Forth the site is now a haven for wildlife. Discover giant machines such as the pit head winding gear and a Cornish beam engine, fantastic structures like the powerhouse and a vast brick kiln as well as coal wagons, a steam crane and much more besides.
The site is free to visit all year round but comes alive between April and September when the Visitor Centre, exhibitions, and café are open. Take a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable members of staff and discover the history of the site – a story of monks, mining and industrial might spanning over 800 years.
The Museum hosts a programme of unique fun events for all ages. There is lots for kids to do at Prestongrange with activity sheets, outdoor games and an indoor play area for smaller children. On Tiny Tuesdays (April – September) families can bring babies and toddlers along to explore Prestongrange through songs, stories, games and crafts.
The café, located in the converted workers canteen, always has a selection of kids’ snacks on offer. Sample British baking, often locally sourced, and the finest leaf teas. The visitor centre, cafe and museum are fully accessible and pushchair friendly with toilets and baby change facilities.