Cumbernauld is one of Scotland’s best-known New Towns and was created in the 1950s as a population overspill for Glasgow.
When Cumbernauld town centre was built it was regarded as a triumph of modernist architecture. However, in more recent times, the modernist design has come in for criticism from some quarters. The town centre was regenerated in the 1990s and includes what is now accepted as Britain's first shopping ventre and the world's first multi-level covered town centre. This has since been expanded with the addition of the Antonine Shopping Centre, providing a large variety of shops. The town has a wide selection of eating facilities, including restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Nevertheless the town boasts a number of attractive green spaces. To the south of the town, Palacerigg Country Park has nature trails, a tree-top walkway and a zoo, making for a great family day out. Cumbernauld House Park and Cumbernauld Glen in the heart of the town are ideal recreational spaces as well as being a natural haven for wildlife. Cumbernauld Outdoor Activity Centre offers a range of leisure activities from archery to paintball and 4x4 driving. The town has a museum in the main library which details the story of Cumbernauld through the Roman, agricultural and industrial eras.
Cumbernauld has many links to nearby motorways including the M8, M74 and M9. Regular bus services run to Glasgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Dunfermline and St Andrews while local services run to the surrounding towns and villages. The town is served by two railway stations. Cumbernauld railway station connects to Glasgow, Falkirk, Motherwell and Edinburgh while Croy railway station, which can be found to the north of the town, provides services to Edinburgh, Alloa, Dunblane and Glasgow. Cumbernauld also has its own airport but it is primarily used for training.