David Livingstone Centre


The National Trust For Scotland, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, City Of Glasgow, G72 9BY

    Learn about the life and work of the famous Scottish explorer and missionary at this museum housed in Shuttle Row where Livingstone was born and raised.

    This birthplace museum of Livingstone’s life and work is housed in a tenement block which Livingstone and his family shared with 23 other families.

    The museum is packed with items relating to Livingstone’s explorations in Africa. These include journals, letters and navigational equipment, as well as dioramas of significant events in his travels. It also gives a fascinating insight into the living and working conditions of 19th-century Scotland.

    The David Livingstone Centre is set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde. There are plenty of woodland walks including one along the Clyde Walkway to Bothwell Castle.

    3 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 24 Dec 2016

    23 March to 23 December, daily, 11-5 (last entry 4pm)


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Our tearoom serves home baking, soup and sandwiches.
    • Shop There is a selection of gifts available in the shop, including African crafts, books and toys, and confectionery.


    • Toilets

    Special Requirements

    • Dogs Welcome Dogs are welcome in the park on a lead.


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • ASVA Member


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    The David Livingstone Centre is on Station Road, Blantyre.

    By road
    Just off M74, junction 5, via A725 and A724
    Ordnance Survey Ref: NS695584

    By bus
    Service 205 from East Kilbride bus station stop outside the our gates. First bus services 267 or 255 from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, generally leaving from stances 20 or 21, stop at the top of Station Road on Glasgow Road, near Blantyre Shopping Centre.

    By train

    There are four trains an hour from Glasgow Central Low Level station. The journey to Blantyre station takes 15-20 minutes. We are a five minute walk from the station. Do not cross the bridge when exiting the station, but walk straight down Station Road. There are also frequent services from Motherwell, Lanark and Larkhall stations.


    Transport within Scotland

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    • There is a lift


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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