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Robert Smail's Printing Works

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Address: 7/9 High Street, Innerleithen EH44 6HA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1896 830206
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Owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Robert Smail's...

Owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Robert Smail's Printing Works is an operational Victorian-era printing works, which still uses its original letterpress machinery to produce cards and stationery today. Visitors to the works will have the opportunity to find out about how printing was done before the days of the computer! There is a chance to set your own name in type to create your own unique letterpress bookmark, see out presses in action and view pieces from our extensive archival collections. Robert Smail's gift shop stocks a wide range of cards and stationery produced on the premises and a range of quality and quirky gifts to suit all pockets and purses. The printing works runs a variety of activities and workshops throughout the year. See our website for details.

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National Trust of Scotland property showcasing an old print works, not a museum as they still print there but a very interesting guide to printing from the 18oo's. A chance to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
Eleanor F
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Brampton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

89 year old Grandpa had visited Innerlethen from Glasgow & as a long time National Trust member was keen to see the printing works. Open Sunday afternoon. He went in during the opening hours but was told Sorry we are closed for a private visit to take place, come back at 4.30. No sign up in the window saying that... More 

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Rachel M, Front Office Manager at Robert Smail's Printing Works, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. Sincere apologies that your Grandfather was not able to gain entry to the Printing Works for a tour on Sunday 15th October. I appreciate that he had travelled some distance to see us and can completely understand why he was disappointed to return to Glasgow without having toured the property. I received... More 

Brampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

National Trust of Scotland property showcasing an old print works, not a museum as they still print there but a very interesting guide to printing from the 18oo's. A chance to print your own name on a bookmark using the old printing equipment. A good attraction with very passionate guides, older children would enjoy but not for young children as... More 

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely tour at this printing works where staff were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. The tour involved all of the processes of printing and we were able to 'type' up our names for a printing bookmark which was a nice souvenir. Good value for money and nice little printing shop attached to the museum too.

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Visited here while staying in the area. It was very interesting and we loved stepping back in time to what a printers shop would've been like. The place is full of original pieces and the staff very friendly and informative. Rachel, who showed us how to set out a line of type by hand like it was done back then... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

To be honest I didn't think this would have been 'my cup of tea' but went along with husband anyway. It was such an interesting experience! All the staff were so friendly, knowledgeable and had plenty of time to answer any questions anyone might have. This was partly interactive so it would be perfect for children too. Amazing to see... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We visited the printing works and were made very welcome. My mum is in a wheelchair which meant that one part of the works was inaccessible. The could have proved disappointing but Paul and Chris the guides made sure that she didn't miss out bringing the upstairs down to her! All the staff welcoming and knowledgable of the history of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I do know how many times we have driven through Innerleithen and not noticed this. What a find! A working print works with the staff in character. Staff are excellent with some hands on 'training'. History learning made easy. A must if you are in the area.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We visited the printing works recently and found it very interesting. The visit was enhanced by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff in all three sections of the tour. It was like taking a step back in time and lots of factual snippets were learned. Well worth the time we spent there and I even managed to get an age specific... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Great guided tour - so much information. Staff brilliant & knowledgeable about the company, machines etc. Interactive and fascinating . Well worth a visit. Loved every minute & could have stayed all day!! So pleased we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We visited on a rather damp day in August but are so glad we made it! What an interesting place! I may be slightly biased as I'm keen on printing processes but my friend equally enjoyed it. I just loved the hands on part, having a go at being a compositor, and the guides were brilliant - so informative and... More 

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