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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
Description: 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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A wartime wonder

We spotted this museum on the way home from our holidays and decided to give it a go. We were so pleased that we did. Upon arrival, my two boys, aged 12 and 9, were given... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We spotted this museum on the way home from our holidays and decided to give it a go. We were so pleased that we did. Upon arrival, my two boys, aged 12 and 9, were given passports to stamp at special printing points around the museum. Then we were given a very interesting talk by a lovely tour guide, on... More 

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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

There is not much left in place of the original HM Factory Gretna so the museum does a good job of keeping this unusual piece of WWI history alive. It is housed in a super new building and the exhibits work well - although it's not that extensive. The staff are incredibly helpful - we got our own personal introduction... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A wonderful little museum full of very interesting facts and information about one of the largest war time factories that very few people will have ever heard about. It's amazing to learn about something so vital to the WW1 war effort! The information regarding the Quintishill rail disaster is very in depth and certainly fires the imagination. The Staff were... More 

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

How many people know that in World War One a factory that was 9 miles long was built around the Gretna area to make munitions and that 1000s of people, mainly women, worked there? Well, go and find out more. The Quintishill rail disaster of 1915 in which around 500 people died is also featured. With its interactive displays and... More 

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Saltcoats, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Fascinating museum about the munitions factory in WW1 and also the Quintishill rail disaster. Great interactive features and knowledgealbe and helpful staff

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Me and my girlfriend were struggling for places to go whilst it was a miserable day! We'd seen the sign "Devils Porridge Museum" on the way up and looked it up. Not expecting much we went, paid £5 each... YES! The best Museum I've ever been to. £5 got us 3 hours worth of learning about local history during WW1.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I visited the museum on 18th August with my Mum and brother. I decided to write this review as I felt we should thank the volunteer you have working for you - David Heal. David was extremely helpful and gave us lots of information before we started to explore the museum ourselves. We had a really interesting few hours, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Been meaning to call for years,finally got round to it today and it was brilliant,my wife and I were very impressed and my 7 year old loved all the interactive gadgets,reasonably priced,very helpful staff,would definitely recommend to everyone

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We visited on the way home from a weekend in Scotalnd and what a fantastic decision. This was an excellent little museum with loads of interestingly presented exhibits and super staff. We also loved the little coffee shop which was very reasonably priced. We also got a return free for a year ticket because I left my details for gift... More 

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Clare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This museum is just devoted to two subjects, but is really fascinating. We took one and a half hours to view, and could easily have spent more time there. Most of the museum is devoted to a WW1 Munitions factory that covered 11 acres on the border with Scotland, and a smaller part of the museum tells the story of... More 

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