Robert Smail’s Printing Works
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Robert Smail’s Printing Works

Oldest working commercial letterpress printers in the UK – a living museum of Victorian history

Planning your visit

Please allow 1½ hours for your tour. Tours are at set times throughout the day and are at 11.30, 14.00 and 15.30 on Monday, Friday and Saturday and 13.30 and 15.30 on Sundays. Tours have a limited capacity so to be guaranteed a space you may wish to book ahead.

With the exception of the Caseroom on the first floor, all areas of Smail’s are accessible for wheelchair users and buggies.

Smail’s also has a fantastic gift shop, selling an exclusive range of letterpress stationery produced on the premises, alongside quality and quirky items from across Scotland.

Dogs (except assistance dogs) are not permitted at Smail’s.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: or telephone 01896 830206.


See full accessibility information
Buggy access
Guided tour
Hearing loop
Large print
Wheelchair access

Opening times

Printing works

Access to the printing works is by guided tour only. Spaces are limited so pre-booking is advised.

Current period1 Dec–2 Apr 2020, closed 3 Apr–31 Oct, Mon, Fri & Sat, tours at 11:00, 13:30 and 15:30; Sun, tours at 13:30 and 15:30 1 Nov–1 Apr 2021, closed
Gift shop

29 Oct–20 Dec, Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat, 10.00–16.00 Current period21 Dec–2 Apr 2020, closed 3 Apr–31 Oct, Mon, Fri & Sat, 10:30–17:00; Sun, 13:00–17:00 1 Nov–21 Dec, Mon, Thurs, Fri & Sat, 10:00–16:00 22 Dec–1 Apr 2021, closed

Entry prices

Printing Works
One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50


  • The Shop, Office, Paper Store and Machine Room are all accessible. Unfortunately, our Caseroom is not suitable for disabled access.
  • A large-print version of the guidebook is available.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.