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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 4 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 7 August 2017

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

Thank Charlotte C
Reviewed 6 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
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Made to feel welcome as soon as we entered the Print Works. The three guide were time served printers and were able to give us an insight as how the works was run and the history of the Smail Family . The old machine were...More

Thank gm0tbh
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Wonderful visit. Lovely staff giving us lots of fascinating information. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Found out where lots of our everyday sayings come from

Thank AJS47
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We often thought of this visit but living close can have its disadvantages. The visit was superb!! All three guides were excellent in different ways; Bill, the compositor, was probably the best guide we've ever experienced in NTS or NT pr operates. We were informed,...More

Thank David S
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8 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