In World War One, the devil's porridge (or cordite, an explosive) was mixed at HM Factory Gretna.


The Devil's Porridge Museum tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the greatest munitions factory on earth in World War One.


30,0000 people worked in the Factory, 12,000 of them women. Their contribution helped women to achieve the vote.


Our state of the art, award winning, 5 star rated museum is one of the top things to do in Dumfries and Galloway.


In World War Two, this area of the Solway continued to play a vital role in our country’s defence.


Scotland’s first nuclear reactor was built at nearby Chapelcross. This area of the Solway played an important role in the Cold War.


Museum, shop and cafe are open daily.

Booking online to visit the Museum is essential to avoid disappointment when we are busy.

Great News! From the 4th of November 2021 until 18th February 2022, our admission prices will be half price. This is thanks to Visit Scotland’s Days Out Incentive Scheme which is subsidising the costs.

Please arrive in plenty of time to take up your booking. If you are unavoidably late, we will do our best to fit you in as soon as possible. We, however, cannot guarantee that there will not be a delay.

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 museum on: 01461 700021


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