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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

Discover the remarkable wartime story of the Greatest Munitions Factory...

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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Fascinating History

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Toowoomba, Australia
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Monopoli, Italy
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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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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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Beckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was brought up in Eastriggs and visited this on a trip to the home country ! I've always been interested in local history so this was a fascinating experience for me. Well set out it tells an interesting story of the area in WW1. Well worth a visit.

Thank robmac1957
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little museum. Never being taught about our own history at school I find places like this extremely fascinating. It lovely that the area is keeping alive the memory of what people went though. Even at 63 my Dad loved dressing up and having his picture taken in the clothes. Thank you for a lovely few hours could have spent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The Devil's Porridge museum is a very nice place, which explores the more social side of the War. It was interesting to learn about how life was affected by war in areas that didn't see as much 'action' as other parts of the Country.

Thank Jonnaconna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Excellent commemoration of fascinating but little known part of WW1/2 war effort. Really interesting social history. Outstanding service from staff who made special arrangement for visitor with severe hearing loss. Well laid out, clear information surprised by how long we spent there.

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I passed the signs on the A75 for this museum a number of times before finding out what it was all about and visiting. The museum had relocated quite recently to purpose built premises in Eastriggs from relatively humble beginnings. It centres on the massive munitIons factory created during WWI but also covers general WWI history, the Quintinshill train disaster... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I had never heard of this museum but we found it on a local leaflet and it sounded intriguing. The story of the WW1 munitions factory at Eastriggs is fascinating and this museum really brings it to life. The interactive aspects are entertaining for children without being annoying for adults and the social history of the time are also well... More 

Thank piglit36
Boston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

A museum which tells the little known story of the largest cordite factory in the world built during the first world war. Many artifacts, photos, and videos tell the whole very interesting story. You can easily spend a couple of hours in the building to absorb the information contained in it. Also as a bonus there is also details of... More 

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Middleton, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Very informative but a new build modern building does not quite fit the historic nature of the subject

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