The Devil's Porridge Museum

The Devil's Porridge Museum

The Devil's Porridge Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Heather A
    Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    The present site is bright airy. The Information is easy to understand and interactive items which were fun to do. The staff are very knowledgeable and very helpful. I would recommend this place for all ages. The displaces were ver well written and made you believe you were there.
    WE pride ourselves on the way we present information in a clear, enjoyable and interactive way!
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Tim B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Great morning out and thoroughly captivating for both adults and a 9 year old. Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. The displays were well laid out, clear, and very informative. Excellent explanation of the role of this area in both world wars. Recommended
    Recommended! That's great. We can't ask for any more!
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • suemendus
    York, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A superb museum. Don’t miss it!
    This is a superb little museum which tells the story of the women munition workers of Gretna in WW1. To my shame, I knew nothing about these women, or about the enormous factory where they made cordite in conditions that were massively dangerous- indeed, deadly. It is a staggering story, and one that deserves much wider recognition. Do go. You won’t regret it.
    We agree that the Museum needs greater recognition because it tells an amazing story and our area played a vital role in the outcome of WW1 Thanks Richard
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Elenna51
    Penrith, United Kingdom85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Devil’s porridge
    Very friendly staff and always willing to answer any questions. Great information around the museum telling you all about it. Lovely little cafe to get a snack & drinks in. Reasonably priced.
    Thanks Elenna for your excellent review
    Written 30 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • BrabbenTE
    Reading, United Kingdom90 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting insights
    For those interested in learning more about this forgotten area and for the often "missed" World War I & II history of the "home front" this is a really good museum. Plenty to see and learn in a small layout. Easy parking and easy to find. Well worth a visit.
    As you say, we are well worth a visit!
    Written 30 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Rosalind F
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great find !
    Visited after a Google search and it was well worth it ! Very interesting history for the area that I never knew about despite being a Scot ! Cafe also worth a visit even if if took several folk to open the beetroot ( if you were there you know !!) Nice home baking too choose from . I’d recommend
    I am glad you found us and that the beetroot jar was eventually prised open to make the corned beef sandwich complete!
    Written 30 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Maggy H
    Ulverston, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Place!
    Two of us had been camping in Galloway, and decided to call into the museum on our way home to Cumbria. I'd picked up a leaflet and thought it looked interesting, and what a treat it was! Well laid out, absolutely fascinating, a mass of information presented in an accessible way, and no shying away from the issues of the times such a radically unequal pay. We were there for a couple of hours including a trip to the cafe (which was ok but not as good as the rest of the museum), and the shop (which was a bit of a letdown, and a missed opportunity for the museum).
    Thanks Maggy for visiting the Museum and for your obvious enjoyment. Sorry you didn't find what you wanted in our small shop.
    Written 30 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Margaret O
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slighly disappointing experience
    Came here on the recommendation of a family member on Sunday September 24th. Thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition - so informative. We went down to the shop knowing the museum closes at 4pm and picked up some items only to be told we were not able to buy anything as the shop was closed. We checked the time and it was only 3.50pm. So so disappointed as we wanted to support the museum. There were some lovely things in the shop and very reasonably priced. Future visitors - just be aware.
    Great that you found the museum enjoyable and our loss that you couldn't make a purchase. We close earlier on a Sunday than the rest of the week . but I will raise your point with the Manager.
    Written 30 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Irene l
    Caerphilly, United Kingdom122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb museum
    What a fantastic gem, the museum is so interesting and covers a train accident in WW1 as well as the creation of the munitions factory for WW1, then later for WW2 and then during the Cold War period. So much history in this area of Scotland, well presented and with interactive screens, audio and film to show about the workers and those period. If you are interested in history of women in work during the war, this is well discussed.
    Thanks Irene This is a great review All the best Richard
    Written 29 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Frances G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop in Eastriggs
    A must-see and well worth a stop on Eastriggs for a couple of hours. It was an Informative and thought-provoking museum. Made me appreciative of all the workers who supported Britain’s wartime efforts and sacrificed their lives and wellbeing in service of their fellow countrymen and women.
    That's a great thought ! Our museum celebrates the 30,000 women and men who worked tirelessly in WW1 Eastriggs and Gretna to turn the tide of the war and the 1000s more who toiled on the home front in WW2.
    Written 29 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 October 2023
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Laird O
Glasgow, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
An unusually aspect of WWI which not many people will know about. Well worth a visit - very knowledgeable and helpful guide on reception.
Written 11 July 2024
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happywanderer1960
Carnoustie, UK2,426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
First class museum detailing the work off the women workers during and after world war one
Dangerous job but all to help the troops in the great war
Very detailed museum telling the stories of all that worked there
A must visit if in the area
Written 3 July 2024
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Hi Happy Wanderer Thanks for your First class review. The women workers her were crucial to the outcome of the Great War. Thanks Richard
Written 8 July 2024
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GlennA946
Whitehaven, UK255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
The Devil's Porridge tells the story of a huge munitions factory in the First World War that employed 30,000 staff producing cordite for shells and gun cartridges. This is a really good museum, as it has interactive displays, photos of the factory and maps showing how big the factory was( it stretched for 9 miles). Also outside the museum is a steam locomotive used at the Dornoch/ Mossband factory- there were over 100 miles of railway- which used pressurised steam rather than coal due to the risk of explosions

However, the Devil's Porridge has other equally good displays, such as an Anderson shelter, the history of Chapelcross power station, a history of the Carlisle State Brewery, a feature on the Quintinshill rail disaster, and the history of RAF Annan, a shortlived RAF station used for training pilots. Quite a diverse small museum and deserving of five stars due to the enthusiasm of the staff and the variety of exhibits.

Admission to The Devil's Porridge is a reasonable £9, there is free parking and a cafe.
Written 3 July 2024
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Thanks Glenn for your comprehensive review. There is indeed a lot of interesting interactive content in the Museum All the best Richard
Written 8 July 2024
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Pauline H
Burscough, UK330 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Took my dad for father's day treat. Not what I expected but very interesting well worth a visit as tell the story of the ammunitions workers
Written 16 June 2024
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Hi Pauline It's good that your dad enjoyed an unexpected treat. It is a really amazing story! Thanks Richard
Written 8 July 2024
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David H
Holsworthy, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My wife and I found this gem whilst travelling through the area. We just followed the brown signs fascinated by the name. We had no idea what we would find or any knowledge of the fascinating history of the area.
We expected to spend an hour and only left after two since it was time to close.
The variety of teh displays was impressive.
I am a trustee of a small rural local history museum so have some insight into the work involved. We were impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff. Congratulations to all concerned.
Written 3 June 2024
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Hi David Thanks for your glowing appraisal. it is particularly pleasing to come from someone who is involved in helping in another museum Cheers Richard
Written 15 June 2024
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Kaye E
Toowoomba, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fascinating stories and experience. The collection has been well curated and provided such an interesting insight into the history of the area
Written 23 May 2024
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Thanks for your positive review. Our curator will be especially pleased with your comments.
Written 15 June 2024
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mijola
Pre-Saint-Didier, Italy40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very well laid out place, friendly staff, plenty to see and learnt a lot. As a disabled person I was impressed with the access and especially the number of seats around the building for a rest. Not too sure why access to the cafe is via walking outside but that’s it.
Written 22 May 2024
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Thanks for the great comments about accessibility. The cafe can be accessed from inside in inclement weather but access is a bit tight for wheelchairs. All the best Richard
Written 15 June 2024
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Fiona T
Dunblane, UK170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fantastic local history museum telling the story of thousands of women’s endeavours to support British efforts to win WW1. Ground floor gives history of the Devil’s Porridge production with an emphasis on the social affect on the area as well as the now little known Quintinhill rail disaster. Second floor explores WWII and Cold War in the Solway Firth area. Displays are accessible and informative and there are lots of interactive exhibits for children.
We were really impressed by, and grateful to, the team of volunteers of all ages at the museum. We were met by an extremely informative and passionate gentleman who was happy to share all his knowledge and keen to know whether we had enjoyed our visit. The cafe is small but perfectly formed with homemade soups, quiches and baking as well as sandwiches and baked potatoes.
A special shout out to the teenage volunteers who were engaged and engaging and keen to help.
Written 18 May 2024
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Thank you so much for your generous review mentioning how our displays are accessible, informative child friendly and interactive. It was also pleasing to know that you found that our volunteers, both young and mature were very helpful. Our catering staff will also be delighted to hear that the cafe is "small but perfectly formed".
Written 15 June 2024
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MarkLA73
Aberdeen, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum is really fantastic. It tells the story of how a munitions factory popped out of nowhere during the First World War and employed 17000 women and was the largest munitions factory in the world. Truly amazing story into how it happened and insight into the life of the workers who worked there and those whole built it plus the profound affect the factory had on alcohol licensing There is also an exhibition about children being separated from their families during ww2. The gentleman who greeted us at the door was very friendly and passionate about the museum. Highly recommended.
Written 22 April 2024
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Thanks There are so many stories to be told by our passionate volunteers in our museum - it's amazing! Thanks for coming! Cheers Richard
Written 4 May 2024
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Sharon W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great place information well laid out with interactive displays well worth a visit and a piece of history I didn’t know that much about cafe well priced and and lovely to sit after our visit in the museum parking ok we did arrive early as was in a motorhome but was able to park ok
Written 19 April 2024
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Thanks Sharon The Devil's Porridge Museum, as you say is a great interactive experience with a great cafe to accompany it. Cheers Richard
Written 4 May 2024
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