Once known as the 'Iron Burgh' because of its many ironworks, Coatbridge is now home to the exciting Time Capsule leisure centre and Summerlee – Scottish Museum of Industrial Heritage.
The town of Coatbridge lies east of Glasgow, in North Lanarkshire and has strong links with Lanarkshires industrial heritage. The present-day street layout of the town centre was largely influenced by the planning of the Baird family who owned one of the town's largest ironworks.
Visit Summerlee, the four star visitor attraction which provides an exciting look at the Industrial History of Lanarkshire and Scotland. The Scottish Museum of Industrial Heritage at Summerlee is a must see and offers a fun day out for all the family.
Experience a ride on one of Scotland's only operational electic trams, go down the mine and see how our coal was obtained, and visit the traditional homes and see how people lived in the 19th and early 20th Century.
The Time Capsule offers a fun packed day for families with ice skating and hockey at Ice Age; the Waterworld leisure fun pool takes the bather through a landscape of steam, tidal waves, geysers, canals, waterfalls, a volcano, prehistoric monsters and plants, and of course the flumes and rubber rings rides in the pools.
For more information about shops and places to eat in Coatbridge go to www.incoatbridge.co.uk
Brief History of Coatbridge
Coatbridge was part Gartsherrie, in the parish of Old Monkland. The population increased due to the iron trade and work in nearby coal mines, also the Dundyvan and Summerlee iron-works were large employers. Coatbridge is on the road from Airdrie to Glasgow and the Monkland canal runs through the town.
At the turn of the last century Coatbridge was the eight largest town in Scotland. The town became known
Coatbridge was described as 'the industrial heartland of Scotland' and the 'Iron Burgh. It was formed by the amalgamation of a number of local villages: Old Monkland and Kirkshaws, Coatbridge, Coatdyke, Dundyvan, Gartsherrie, Langloan and Whifflet.