The Devil's Porridge Museum
Situated near the Anglo-Scottish border, The Devil’s Porridge Museum commemorates the history of the HM Factory Gretna, which was the largest munitions factory in the world during World War I, employing nearly 12,000 young women, who mixed the volatile paste that filled munitions. Artefacts, photographs, oral histories, and other exhibits give you an in-depth look at this work as well as the region’s history during World War II, when the Solway Coast was once again a center of military action.
Things to Know Before You Go
History buffs and families won’t want to miss The Devil’s Porridge Museum.
Book admission in advance to avoid ticket lines and save time for exploring the museum.
Children under 5 enter for free.
There’s free WiFi, a café, and a gift shop on site.
The Devil’s Porridge Museum is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, and assistance dogs are also permitted.
How to Get There
The Devil’s Porridge Museum is situated in Eastriggs, just off the B721 (Annan Road), roughly 20 miles from Dumfries, Scotland and 15 miles from Carlisle, England. Most visitors find it easiest to reach the museum in a private vehicle, and there’s ample free parking for cars and coaches on site. You can also reach the park by bus; the Auckland Walk stop is just outside the museum entrance.
When to Get There
The Devil’s Porridge Museum is open every day, with shorter hours on Sunday than during the rest of the week. Arrive early to beat the crowds and make the most of your visit to this vast museum.
Explore Dumfries and Galloway
After a visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum, take some time to explore Dumfries and Galloway. Spend the day walking or riding mountain bikes in the forests, enjoy a boating adventures off the southern Scottish coast, or sightsee at one of the region’s many castles, such as Drumlanrig, Threave, or Caerlaverock.
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