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The David Livingstone Centre

165 Station Road, Blantyre G72 9BY, Scotland
+44 844 493 2207
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Retracing my footsteps

After nearly 40 years I returned to Blantyre at the weekend with my husband. We are National Trust... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Still Open but Waiting to be Refurbished

Great place to visit to get information about David Livingstone for my son's school project... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mags B
East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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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
+44 844 493 2207
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 We are National Trust Scotland members but I had managed to work out from their website that they have sadly withdrawn from the site and it is now in the hands...More

Thank marionspence
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Visited here this afternoon and i think it must have been closed cause there seems to have been work doing on in areas, got funny looks when i was walking around.

1  Thank G_Inspector
Reviewed 27 September 2016

When we saw that this Centre was closing for refurbishment we decided to visit before it closed. My husband had visited as a child but I had not been before. It was wonderful to trace David Livingstone's life through the years and the impact he...More

1  Thank Diana J
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I came to this centre with my parents when I was young and now I'm taking my own children. Just managed to visit before it closes for renovation and loved seeing so much about David Livingstone's amazing life before the chance will be gone for...More

1  Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Nice for a day out with the kids has a swing park a restaurant and David Livingston museum I think it is getting renovated just now but it's well worth a look especially the dark house

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is the place David Livingston was born and grew up in. Tons of artifacts and exhibits to see of his early life and adventures to Africa. English National Trust members can get in free. Car parking is free too. Worth a visit if you...More

Thank CaronIan
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Once again I visited the home of David Livingstone. Been doing this since I was a child and still get a great feeling that Blantyre and Livingstone are part of a great era in history. Happy memories and I shall hopefully return.

Thank Helen O
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Archie A
Hello, Can anyone tell me what the large statue of Livingstone fighting a lion while 2 black men cower on the ground is supposed to mean. We live in Blantyre but have not visited the centre in years. The statue looks amazing and so does the whole centre . Regards Archie
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
what are the opening hours on may 9 and 10th ? Thank you
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
How do i get there using public transportation ?
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