August 24th to September 1st, 2024

The beam engine house at Prestongrange museum

Group walks 2024

Themed History

Prestongrange Old and New


A short guided walk around the fascinating Prestongrange museum site

Date : Thursday August 29th

Time : 2 pm

Meet : Visitor Centre, Prestongrange Museum

With : Prestongrange Museum

Join museum assistant Keith Crombie for an expert guided tour around the Prestongrange Museum. Explore the site of the former brickworks, glassworks, pottery and coal mine and learn more about East Lothian’s industrial heritage. 

Have a look inside the 150 year old Cornish beam engine, find out what it was used for and hear the stories of those who would have worked on it. Visit the new engine shed and get up close to the railway locomotives and wagons housed there.

The walk begins at 2pm at the Visitor Centre, where you can also find toilets and a cafe for hot and cold drinks and snacks!

Accessibility on site

There are 7 concrete steps outdoors with a handrail to get to the Hoffman kiln at the start of the tour. Alternatively, there is a grassy slope you could use instead of the steps, or we can undertake the tour in a slightly different order and avoid the slope/steps up.

There are another 6 wooden steps to get into the Cornish beam engine house with a handrail. There is no alternative access. However we will have lots of photos of the interior available on the day for your use.

Inside there are 2 flights of fairly steep wooden stairs with bannisters. It is possible to view the beam engine well from the ground floor, without having to climb these 2 flights.

Walkers will also have to cross a railway track to get to the glassworks site.


Please note that the tickets for reserved places are either for one adult, or one adult accompanied by children. There are no separate children’s tickets.

Details of how to book will follow.

Our thanks to Prestongrange Museum for organising this event. Find out more about the museum through their Facebook page