National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

(4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Explore Scotland's rich countryside traditions at National Museum of Rural Life, a complex documenting farming, animal husbandry, and development throughout the area's long history. Pay a visit to this living, breathing, family-friendly museum and wander its verdant grounds, replete with horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, and other popular farmyard residents. The collections of tractors, tools, and working farm equipment are likely to give you a newfound appreciation for the hard labor that for centuries went into building Scotland as a nation. Those with little ones should catch some of the many demonstrations, including cow-milking, traditional local crafts, and gardening. Be sure to check the museum's website for information about temporary exhibits, special events, and activities. National Museum of Rural Life is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, East Kilbride Edition.
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  • We come here once a year, the place is educational for the kids and offers a real glimpse into rural life. We visited this weekend and decided to lunch at James Hamilton Park nearby, which offers bett...  more »
  • Popped in whilst visiting a friend for lunch. The cafe had plenty to offer on the menu and were proud to advertise their commitment to local/Scottish suppliers which was great. Grahams Milk, Loch Fyne...  more »
  • This is such a fantastic day out, it's one that we have been return visitors to. Everyone has such a great day, loads of exhibits detailing early farming and rural life. Don't want to spoil it for you...  more »
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  • Was brilliant. place is huge spent time in museum but there is also a tractor ride up to the working farm we never went costs extra.there's plenty to see plenty to do for young and old we will be back.
  • Really impressive museum - very well curated with clear and interesting information in a stunning modern building. Gives a real sense of life and farming in the past. With a visit to the farm as well, you could easily spend a whole day here.
  • Very interesting museum and of course free for all. You can also take a short trip on what I remember being a trailer pulled by a tractor, up to the farm house, where you can see animals as well as inside the old house.
  • Laid back museum, mainly of farming equipment from the last century, within a great modern space that works really well. The walk up to the working farm is great to see the cows being milked. East Kilbride has this side to it's local history that is quite different from what you usually think of.
  • I had the pleasure of visiting the museum on Friday 14 February 2014 with a group of former colleagues and friends. The welcome we received from all of the staff was exceptional, starting with the reception and café staff. We enjoyed tours of the museum and of the farm and farmhouse and we would like to pass on our thanks to Laura McMeekin and her colleague Nancy. Their tours were so interesting and informative, they guarantee that we will return in the future.