1722 Waggonway Museum
West Harbour Road, Cockenzie, East Lothian, EH32 0HX
Look out for the wooden waggon!
The 1722 Waggonway Heritage Centre celebrates Scotland’s oldest railway route – 300 years old in 2022. The centre’s museum features archaeological artefacts, models, maps, plans and photographs, as well as Cadell’s Office and William Dickson’s Workshop.
Celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters by visiting us near Cockenzie Harbour, where salt and coal was produced and shipped since mediaeval times, trading to Hanseatic ports and beyond.
Find out what new information has been gleaned from our September 2021 digs on the Waggonway and in the salt pans around Cockenzie.
All COVID protocols will be in place in our wide open, well-ventilated museum. Guided walks may be possible at 11am and 2pm, depending on COVID restrictions at the time.
If you can’t make it along in person this year, be sure to visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can watch all of our recent archaeological digs and heritage activities and watch our virtual tour below.
Visit in Person
We’ll be opening to Doors Open Days visitors on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September from 10am to 3pm.
We will recently have finished archaeological excavations on Scotland’s earliest wooden railway and a nearby 17th century salt pan house – visitors will be able to find out what we found during these digs!
We are able to welcome Doors Open Days visitors without difficulty, with Covid-safety measures in place and our big doors wide open to create a well-ventilated and hospitable environment for visitors.
Free guided tours of the local historical locations will also hopefully take place on both days at 11am and 2pm.
WCs will be unavailable to the public, due to areas such as these being higher Covid-risk environments.