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The Devil's Porridge Museum

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Address: Annan Road | Near Stanfield Farm, Eastriggs DG12 6TF, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1461 700021
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Discover the remarkable wartime story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on...

Discover the remarkable wartime story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth and the extraordinary lives of the Munitions Girls who worked there. Built during WW1, HM Factory Gretna stretched nine miles along the Solway Coast and produced more cordite explosive than all the other factories combined. Through unique objects and interactive displays, our museum brings to life the secret wartime history of Southwest Scotland and Cumbria. Stay and enjoy our Café and free wifi.

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Window to a forgotten industrial behemoth.

A leisurely tour of a wonderful museum exhibiting events that shaped the region for almost a century, the staff were enthusiastic and helpful, happy to recommend a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
SteveMc222
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Workington, United Kingdom
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Workington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A leisurely tour of a wonderful museum exhibiting events that shaped the region for almost a century, the staff were enthusiastic and helpful, happy to recommend a visit.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with our daughter, 6, who had a brilliant time. There was plenty in our for young and old alike. HIGHLY recommended if you're in the area.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot of information here but very well displayed in easy chunks. It is very interesting to see. I didn't realise that Eastriggs and Gretna were designed by the architect who designed the garden cities, but driving round Gretna after our visit to the museum was interesting.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite living only about 10 miles away this museum was very informative about a lot of local history, from the devil's porridge itself to the tragic 2015 rail disaster at Quintishill and the 'Carlisle Experiment' state management of the brewery/pub industry. The volunteer guide and reception staff were really friendly, knowledgeable and chatty. Great area upstairs for kids (and adults)... More 

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Thank Kazbah
Cumbria
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum tells the story of the cordite factory very well but also tells the story of the Quintinshill rail disaster however couldn't understand why they are so intertwined in the museum, they are quite different subjects although linked as being relevant to the First World War and obviously the sites are quite close to each other geographically. Having said... More 

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Thank JAG018
richardrbrod, Chairman at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

Our helpful volunteers are extremely pleased to get this positive feedback from our visitors. You make an interesting point about Britain's worst rail disaster at nearby Quintinshill. As you say they are linked by both WW1 and our local heritage. The amazing story of HM Factory Gretna , Britain's largest WW1 cordite factory, could of course stand on its own... More 

Cheshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We saw a sign for the museum/exhibition and had no idea what is was about. Decided to read up on it and were so curious decided to visit. A bit pricey considering what there is to see but in hindsight, there's no other way to feel the emotion and understand what it was all about. Shame there are no original... More 

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Thank 2010mustang
richardrbrod, General Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

We are pleased that you appreciated the human story which we tell at the museum. Visitors seem to appreciate the effort our volunteers put in to make the experience inter-active and they stay on average for well over an hour. Our reasonable admission prices cover some of our costs but we are always trying to raise funds to make ends... More 

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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

I'm from Cumbria and heard about the museum in conversation with another member of the family. Feeling at a loose end we drove the 2 hours up the M6. We were not disappointed. We were given a short history before being left to wander the interactive museum. We were not pushed into another groups talk which made it feel more... More 

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1 Thank Seaira1
richardrbrod, General Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed rhe personal touch we try to give at the musuem. See you in the New Year with the little ones! More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

What a great little museum. Goes into quite a lot of detail about the munitions factory that was built in the region, and also makes mention of the worst rail accident in British history, which was also nearby. I must mention the wonderful staff too, who went to a lot of trouble to welcome us, and give us an overview... More 

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Thank 731James
richardrbrod, General Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind comments. More 

Monopoli, Italy
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

As a bit of a history buff I dragged the family a fair distance from our holiday cottage in the Pennines to visit. I'm not sure what I expected but our family of five (£12.50 entry) came away after some 30-40 minutes slightly deflated. The staff were cheerful and attentive but the museum seemed somewhat out of context. It is... More 

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Thank Bumslugga
richardrbrod, Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry that your family were disappointed with your experience. We take on board your comments about the first floor exhibition which we are planning to bring up to the five star quality of the WW1 exhibits downstairs. We also agree that the café area is small but there is also a spacious tearoom available which is ideal for... More 

Toowoomba, Australia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

What a great little museum! The history of HM Factory Gretna 1915-1918 is presented in an easy to follow format, with many anecdotes, some of which are quite humourous. An excellent timeline guides visitors through the museum, and you will be a super WW1 historian if you don't learn something. Many thanks to the volunteers, all of whom were extremely... More 

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