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The David Livingstone Centre

165 Station Road, Blantyre G72 9BY, Scotland
+44 1698 821424
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There are storeys of stories about David Livingstone, the famous Scottish explorer and missionary, in this birthplace museum of his life and work. Housed in Shuttle Row, a tenement which the Livingstones shared with 23 other families, this historic attraction is packed with items relating to his explorations in Africa. These range from letters and navigation equipment to his gruesome medical kit and hippo and lion skulls! It also gives a fascinating insight into the living and working conditions of 19th-century Scotland.We have children's quizzes and regular events to help keep little ones entertained, along with a sandy playpark and 20 acres of parkland and woodland. Located on the banks of the River Clyde, we are the starting point for some beautiful walks.Our tearoom is run by Motherwell College, providing lunches every weekday from 11am-2pm. Unfortunately the tearoom is not open on weekends.
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165 Station Road, Blantyre G72 9BY, Scotland
+44 1698 821424
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love Davie Livvies! Ever since I was tiny I’ve loved visiting with my family, it’s such a beautiful, educational place. You learn about the slave trade, about human compassion and you find out just how important Blantyre is to the world! As a photographer,...More

1  Thank 348z_e
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We arrived at the centre which seemed to be shut, but a volunteer let us in and gave a most interesting talk whilst showing us round. It appears that the Centre is no longer funded by the National Trust for Scotland, which is causing problems.

2  Thank scothernite
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We travelled from Devon having planned our visit using the web site which had no indication that it was shut ! We spoke to a young man who said it was only open on weekends . He said centre has just won 6 million for...More

6  Thank Greg P
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

I was born nearby to this centre and have many childhood memories of visiting but this is the first time I have returned in over 20 years. The centre is closing soon for a much needed renovation and I look forward to seeing how it...More

Thank spice01
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Was fun all day long had the best time in the world. Learned alot about David Livinngstone who brought christian to our country and the lest lest of Africa. This is am must visit place for historians as well as family will visit again someday.

1  Thank Bright M
Reviewed 30 June 2017

The day that we were able to visit the grounds were open and I gather that the buildings had not been open for quite awhile. Closed for renovations? Walking the grounds gave you a good sense of living in the times of David Livingstone. What...More

Thank JJKids
Reviewed 20 June 2017

After nearly 40 years I returned to Blantyre at the weekend with my husband. We are National Trust Scotland members but I had managed to work out from their website that they have sadly withdrawn from the site and it is now in the hands...More

2  Thank marionspence
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Great place to visit to get information about David Livingstone for my son's school project. Particularly liked seeing his living area and staff were lovely and informative. We were originally told it was closed for refurbishment but as work never started it is still open...More

1  Thank Mags B
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I hadn't been at The David Livingstone Centre since I went there as a primary school kid back in the 1970s. From what I can remember, the centre hasn't changed in the intervening decades. This is potentially a fascinating and enlightening tourist feature, but I...More

1  Thank Kevin G
Reviewed 28 April 2017

I had not been here in 44 years and it still looks great some great walking around the gardens and re discovering some of my memory's

Thank Thomas M
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Archie A
10 July 2016|
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Response from Ishbel77 | Reviewed this property |
It depicts when David was attacked by a lion. You can follow his full life story at the centre. A great history lesson for adults and kids alike.
hugo b
12 April 2015|
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Response from AlisonR300 | Property representative |
Hi Hugo, We'll be open 11am-5pm both days, with last admission to the museum and the tearoom closing at 4pm. You can check our website (linked from our profile) before you come if you'd like to double-check as well. Thank... More
23 March 2015|
Response from AlisonR300 | Property representative |
Hello, We're very easy to reach by public transport. Blantyre train station is a 5-10 minute walk away. If you're coming from Glasgow, there are four trains an hour from Glasgow Central Low Level station. You'll arrive at... More