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The Devil's Porridge Museum

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Address: Annan Road | Near Stanfield Farm, Eastriggs DG12 6TF, Scotland
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+44 1461 700021
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Lovely day

I had a lovely day with lots of fun things to do. The staff were on hand to keep us right. The cafe ladies were very helpful.

Reviewed 5 days ago
dianeomara55
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had a lovely day with lots of fun things to do. The staff were on hand to keep us right. The cafe ladies were very helpful.

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richardrbrod, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words. You certainly can have a great day out and our cafe is gaining a good reputation for home made and home- baked eating. More 

Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the visit, looks very small place but spent a good couple of hours walking round, very informative and very friendly staff. Don't miss it!!!

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1 Thank Andrew M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum and exhibition are excellent, there is lots of reading but very worthwhile so be prepared to be there for several hours to get the best from it. Real effort made for children and lots of interactive activities for children. Staff were wonderful and very good with children.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been wanting to visit here for a while and managed to achieve that today with my parents (both in their 80s). A compact, very well run and highly informative museum that is well worth taking the time to visit. Covering the production of cordite during the first and second world wars, the Quintinshill train crash of 1915 through to a... More 

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richardrbrod, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Easter is always a busy time and end of July and August are always popular. So it is best to plan to avoid these dates. We have no plans for further major development, although some outdoor exhibits could be coming to the Museum soon. Thanks Richard More 

Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the sign for this in our way to castles north of Dumfries. We made a point of swinging by on our way back to England, as I thought the name was intriguing. We weren't disappointed at all. It is a museum recently extended, and it gives a backdrop to the two world wars and how they affected the... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interesting information about how the munitions factory came about, from the Irish navvies building the town to the girls and women who went above and beyond to help the war effort. The story of the train disaster made it very poignant that not all casualties were actually fighting. Helpful and enthusiastic staff and lovely refreshments available at the... More 

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richardrbrod, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. Our volunteers and staff aim to ensure that our visitors have a great welcome at the Devil's Porridge Museum. We tell a great story of both WW1 and WW2 here on the Solway Coast. More 

Cheshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were expecting something larger having read how huge the munitions factory was, and not realising that there is nothing left of the site. However we liked the museum, it's well laid out in chronological order with nice artefacts and clear text. Suitable for school kids and adults it covers some local history as well as the world wars. The... More 

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richardrbrod, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge Museum, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for the excellent review. We are sorry that it wasn't clear that there are two cafe areas available, one for coffee and cake and the other , a larger area for lunches etc. We are in the process of improving signage, so that our visitors are more aware of this. Thanks Richard More 

Northwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fascinating museum that tells an important and little known story about part of this country's struggle during the first world war. It seems incredible that such a massive factory complete with workforce, infrastructure and towns sprang up from nowhere in a matter of months. Ironically British too that it was all got rid of after the end... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great fun that can actually be associated with learning! Just amazing I recommend it to everyone! Even if you have younger kids there are things outside as well like the drivers part to a train! Very fun and interactive for everyone and a all around great experience!!

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibition is interesting but really only if you already have an interest in the First World War. We found the upstairs exhibition on the Second World War and subsequent years a bit mundane

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