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“A Great Tea-scape”

Prestongrange Museum
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Owner description: Prestongrange is a site of major importance in the story of Scotland's Industrial Revolution. We are a family friendly site, with a dedicated play area located in the Visitor Centre, entertaining trail sheets and outdoor games with an open play area.Our cafe is located in the Visitor Centre which once served as the miners' canteen. Open 1 April to 30 September, 7 days a week, please see our website for more details.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A Great Tea-scape”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

Good place to stop for a sunday cuppa if you're on a bike ride/hiking the John Muir way or if you want to pack in some industrial history lessons on the way...as the do real leaf tea!! in bone china.....not so incongruous when you start to read and see all the blurb dotted about re- what was made and mined here in the past- everything from glass bottles, salt and coal, to clay pipes and bricks for Edinburgh's New Town. It's not got savoury lunches yet but there are plentiful picnic tables to bring and eat your own and they seem to be doing monthly afternoon teas with great fresh home made cakes

Visited June 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“open air free museum near coast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

This is a small site, not worth a long visit but don't let that put you off, it is part of Scotland's heritage. The site has been used for many things, docks, pottery, glass, bricks etc. There is a fantastic beam engine to see. You can wonder around free of charge and just read the information boards, call into visitor center and get a little free leaflet with the walk on it so you don't miss stuff. One of the staff even stopped what she was doing, fetched a key and took us into the beam engine and let us climb inside it. Because we stay at a local caravan park when visiting the area we've been a few times and always learn something new. Would say 90 minutes to about 2 hours is optimal time if you want to wonder round and then get away. They do offer audio tours you can carry round etc.

Visited May 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Odd but charming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

It's the museum that time forgot, really. Indoors there is a small display, and excellent play are for toddlers and a small café (which does drinks, scones, crisps, chocolate and so on but not sandwiches or other big stuff). Outdoors it's grass and lots of interesting stuff in various states of decay, sometimes out in the open and sometimes lurking in woods. There is a pleasant and complete lack of "Keep Off" signs and scrambling over stuff seems to be quite acceptable and possibly encouraged. All the really dangerous stuff is safely fenced, though.

We went on a sunny but cool and windy May day and saw only two other visitors in the three hours we were there, which added to the surreal feel. However, we had a great time, found plenty to look at and were very well looked after by two very friendly and helpful staff.

Don't go here if you want the sort of museum that forces interpretation down your throat; do go if you like looking at stuff, playing train games and eating chocolate biscuits.

We shall definitely be back. It's a wee gem of a place.

Visited May 2013
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QHuff, Visitor Services Officer at Prestongrange Museum, responded to this review, 27 May 2013
Thank you for your review we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to you again soon.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Our Industrial Heritage Conserved.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

A small visitor centre with a very interesting exhibition and a huge area of open grounds with lots of buildings and old machinery.
The industrial history of this place is well explained. It is wonderful that these historical places are conserved and maintained for future generations to visit, and to learn how things were done in the old days.
The visitor centre has a small cafe and a few interesting items for sale.

Visited September 2012
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Edinburgh
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“Great for history lovers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

I visited this place with my kids for their school topic. The place is small but filled to the brim with information and artefacts to look at. The tour guides are friendly and full of knowledge. A must for history lovers.

Visited August 2012
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