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Things to do in Newton Grange, Lothian

Newtongrange (aka Nitten by the Bing) is a mining village 7 miles from Edinburgh City Centre, linked with regular buses (day & night), and now the Borders Railway passes through from Edinburgh to Tweedbank (in Galashiels).

Scottish Mining Museum Newtongrange © Robert Mclaren
Scottish Mining Museum © Robert Mclaren

Home to one of Scotland's top tourist attractions, 'Newtongrange Mining Museum'.

This village was marked for demolition in the '80s after the miners' strike but is now a pretty up and coming historic village.

A pleasant safe place to stay and visit.

If you have only one day in Nitten the first stop should be the mining museum where all the history can be found and a trip down the Lady Victoria Colliery.

Winding Wheels and Engine House © Robert Mclaren
Winding Wheels and Engine House © Robert Mclaren


Ex-miners will take you on a tour, sharing experiences of life in the pit.

Then I would take the time to meander the streets with the traditional mining homes.

These streets are named First Street to Tenth Street.

Swimming Pool © Robert Mclaren
Swimming Pool © Robert Mclaren

Then wander through Welfare Park which has lovely views and a quality play park for the kids, and an outdoor skatepark. Here you will find the Newtongrange War memorial.

Across the road, you can pop into the Dean Tavern on Main Street, a traditional Gothenburg Pub.

Shops are basically functional, one worth a visit is the Newtongrange Picture Framing shop - the owner Carlos has a great range of prints and paintings from local Scottish artists.

Church Newtongrange © Robert Mclaren
Newtongrange Church © Robert Mclaren

The Daisy Chain florist and gift shop is full of lovely and affordable items.

Newtongrange has a campsite and caravan park at Lothianbridge.

Right opposite there is a quality award-winning gastro pub & boutique hotel - 'The Sun Inn'.

War Memorial Newtongrange Park © Robert Mclaren
War Memorial © Robert Mclaren

A Premier Inn and several other chain pubs are located within 5 mins drive all serving pub grub.

If you are staying for a few days in the area there is a swimming pool, gym, library and country parks.

View of the Park © Robert Mclaren
View of the Park © Robert Mclaren


Explore the surrounding areas as there are amazing views and lovely walks.

Newtongrange holds an annual children's Gala day (June) and The Dean Tavern is the place to be to enjoy a traditional Scottish New Year celebration.

Dean Tavern Gothenburg Pub © Robert Mclaren
Dean Tavern Gothenburg Pub © Robert Mclaren

NB No public toilets in the village or at the train station but The Dean Tavern has facilities including disabled facilities.

If you're thinking of moving to Newtongragne don't ponder for too long, as houses on the traditional side of the village move fairly quickly!


Description by Dot Horne

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