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Robert Smail's Printing Works

7/9 High Street, Innerleithen EH44 6HA, Scotland
+44 1896 830206
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Worthwhile couple of hours

good for the whole family. we all enjoyed the tour. guides well informed and willing to share... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Innerleithen, United Kingdom
A Highlight of our time in the area - A true GEM

A working Victorian era printing press, that you can tour and get your hands dirty? YES! We came... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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Owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Robert Smail's Printing Works is an operational Victorian-era printing works, which still uses its original letterpress machinery to produce cards and stationery today. Visitors to the works will have the opportunity to find out about how printing was done before the days of the computer! There is a chance to set your own name in type to create your own unique letterpress bookmark, see out presses in action and view pieces from our extensive archival collections. Robert Smail's gift shop stocks a wide range of cards and stationery produced on the premises and a range of quality and quirky gifts to suit all pockets and purses. The printing works runs a variety of activities and workshops throughout the year. See our website for details.
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7/9 High Street, Innerleithen EH44 6HA, Scotland
+44 1896 830206
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Reviewed 1 week ago

good for the whole family. we all enjoyed the tour. guides well informed and willing to share their knowledge.

Thank r0bh57
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A working Victorian era printing press, that you can tour and get your hands dirty? YES! We came across this gem of a shop while we were already in the area and I'm so glad we stopped in. The tour, about an hour, is fabulous....More

1  Thank GlobalStaci
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Situated at the end of the high street it looks really unimposing but the kids were delighted. Interactive and about two hours they got to do a bit of printing and really came our thrilled with the information the staff gave them. They loved the...More

1  Thank emloue
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by this place by accident, when passing through on our way to Melrose. Had a bit of a shock when the ticket man said it was a guided tour and that it would take over 1 hour. My husband and I had a personal...More

1  Thank Lesley S
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Visited Robert Smail's along with our three children. Everyone enjoyed the tour. The staff were excellent and spent loads of time with the kids explaining the processes and making it relative. The ability to be hands on with the type set and make your own...More

2  Thank Officerdee
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The active printing works called Robert Smails is owned by the Scottish National Trust. It is, however, a working printers with many examples of current jobs to show as well as the historic examples. Our tour took a little over an hour possibly an hour...More

1  Thank makesholiday
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

On 19th century printing presses. What an interesting tour with hands on experience. Even the adults loved setting their names in a form for printing. Also there is a gift shop with unique items such as stationary and cards printed onsite on the original printing...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We have lost count of the number of times we have visited Innerleithen to find this National Trust for Scotland property closed so we were delighted that it was open from the end of March (do check days and hours before visiting). The outside is...More

Thank TheHistoryProfessor
Reviewed 3 April 2017

My husband and I along with another couple enjoyed our visit. We had hands on experience of printing our own bookmark.

Thank buchanansylvia08
Reviewed 22 February 2017

A well preserved old printworks with very knowledgable and interesting staff where you learn the origin of phrases such as "not the full shilling". You get to print your own bookmark. the shop has some interesting products as well.

Thank Brian M
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Response from Rachel M | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. If you would like more information about having some jobbing work printed at Smail's, please contact us on 01896 830 206 or visit our website, where our staff will be happy to help... More