Enter a lost world on a visit to Scotland's last remaining gasworks

Enter the last remaining town gasworks in Scotland the only surviving example of a once familiar sight.

For more than 130 years, this industrial plant made coal gas for Biggar and beyond before the advent of natural gas in the 1960s. Here in this living museum you can see the coal fired boiler put to work and the steam driven machinery in action. Learn the secret of how gas was produced from coal and you can see some of the steam-driven machines used for gas production and distribution in action. Biggar Gasworks passed into state care soon after its doors shut. Today, it’s a lasting reminder of an industry that benefited all of Scotland’s citizens, and the only preserved gasworks left in the country. Steam day visitors can view the interior buildings and machinery of the gasworks.

John Devlin 24/09/2022. BIGGAR GASWORKS. Biggar Gasworks Museum, Gas Works Road, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ. Portrait of David Rankin, steam crew volunteer at Biggar Gasworks. Enter the last remaining town gasworks in Scotland – the only surviving example of a once familiar sight. For more than 130 years, this industrial plant made coal gas for Biggar and beyond before the advent of natural gas in the 1960s. See the coal fired boiler put to work and the steam driven machinery in action. Learn the secret of how gas was produced from coal from our guides on site. Almost all of the gasworks buildings and equipment remain. You can even see some of the steam-driven machines used for gas production and distribution in action. Biggar Gasworks passed into state care soon after its doors shut. Today, it’s a lasting reminder of an industry that benefited all of Scotland’s citizens, and the only preserved gasworks left in the country. Steam day visitors can view the interior buildings and machinery of the gasworks, and visit the showroom to watch a short video and view collections relating to the site.