Biggar Gasworks Museum is an industrial time capsule as it still contains everything that was used to make coal gas for the town and surrounding district.
The World's first public gas company, the Gas Light and Coke Company of London, was set up in 1812 to provide gas for both street lighting and private householders. It was a great success and the gas industry grew rapidly.
By 1839 even a town as small as Biggar had its own gasworks. Over the years, the works at Biggar were altered and expanded to keep up with the increasing demand. A major reconstruction brought Biggar Gasworks into more or less its present form.
In 1973, when natural gas from the North Sea came to Biggar, the works closed down. However, unlike other gasworks it was not demolished. Instead, it has been preserved for future generations by Historic Buildings and Monuments and the National Museums of Scotland. Biggar Gasworks is part of the Biggar Museums Trust.
Summer only, 1st July – 30 September, Saturday & Sunday,
1 pm – 5 pm (last admission 30 minutes prior to closing), free admission (except on Steam Days).
We will also run a series of Steam Days. Dates will change annually but can be found (soon, not quite uploaded yet!) on our website:
Steam Days for this year:
Monday 17th JULY
Saturday 12th AUGUST
Monday 18th SEPTEMBER
Monday 25th SEPTEMBER
Sunday 22nd OCTOBER
Price for Steam Days:
Child aged 5–15: £3.00
Child under 5: FREE
Tel: 01899 221 070
Location: In Biggar. Located in Gas Works Road off A702 Edinburgh to Abington road Grid reference - 72 NT 038 376