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Robert Smail's Printing Works

7/9 High Street, Innerleithen EH44 6HA, Scotland
+44 1896 830206
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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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7/9 High Street, Innerleithen EH44 6HA, Scotland
+44 1896 830206
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did not expect to be involved in using the equipment to actually print something but we were! The people in Smails are enthusiasts and working printers so they really know their stuff. A great visit with lots of historical content. Not to be missed.

Thank BMcM-10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable staff we have ever seen. A great hands-on experience and great fun whilst being very educational. Allow a couple of hours for the visit. NB: It may not look open from the outside, but just try the door -...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The comprehensive tour of three aspects of the works - paper store, the caseroom and the machine room was a real education, especially since we were able to set our own names which were printed onto a book mark, and we saw the machines working.It...More

Thank KFM1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late in the day after cycling but they stayed back so we could do the tour. It was great and we especially enjoyed making our own printed souvenir of the coast and castles cycle route. Don't miss this incredible piece of history with...More

Thank hexhammike
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Followed the signs to Robert Smaill's Printing Works on the A72 from Melrose to Innerleithen. Came out the other end of Innerleithen - no sign of the Print Works. Drove through heading for Melrose - still no sign! Phoned the contact number to be told...More

Thank Geocojack
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It took us ages to find it we were looking for a printing works, maybe not as large as the Daily Mail but not just a small shop front on the high street. By luck we parked right outside the front door.Once you have found...More

Thank mr_b_binns
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating look at history through the eyes of this locsl family. Staff enthusiastic to demonstrate wirking machines that are still used. You can even have a go at typesetting yourself!

Thank Charlie1232015
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Firstly, don't be fooled by the outside (my daughter initially thought this was just an old fashioned gift shop) The visit to the print shop was absolutely fantastic. Two 12 years old were captivated by this tour - children get to "look" with their hands...More

Thank Ruth D
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Amazing! I loved the extraordinary collection of historic printing machinery. Fascinating insight into a reviving art form.

Thank Charlotte C
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

A little gem of a museum. Engaging and interesting guides add to what is a fascinating time capsule in an unlikely spot near Peebles and just up the road from the excellent Traquair House. As well as experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of working...More

Thank a_z_jackson
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9 February 2015|
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Response from Rachel M | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. If you would like more information about having some jobbing work printed at Smail's, please contact us on 01896 830 206 or visit our website, where our staff will be happy to help... More