National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

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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. Find out how to plan East Kilbride trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • We had a great time here, the museum and farm are very impressive but what really made the visit memorable were the people. From the ladies behind the desk to the man who drove the tractor everyone ma...  more »
  • Come here with my family quite often. Lots to learn about the early years of farming,the different tools they used and even had a trip on the tractor. Good for the kids to see what a rural farm is lik...  more »
  • We visited the museum and the farmhouse 5 years ago. My dad showed it to his granddaughter and me. Last years I showed it to mywife and she loved very much.  more »
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  • Excellent facility in great grounds. The museum is interesting and full of farm machinery and tools from throughout the years. Special events are fantastic and great for kids. There is an outdoor park and the tractor ride up to the working farm is fun (and bumpy). You can see pigs, horses, cows and so on. Old farm house is good for the kids also.
  • This is a great wee museum; lovely cafe and friendly staff. Excellent gift shop. The site is amazing with nice walks. Keep an eye out for woodpeckers, buzzards, hares and roe deer and in the right season you can see calves and new lambs. Keep an eye on the website for events too; I have been to several and the Heavy Horse Show is my favourite.
  • Great museum. Kids had a great time especially seeing the new lambs and piglets.Me and the family visited on the 2nd April was very busy. The cafe was extremely busy all throughout the day with limited staff. The cafe staff were under extreme pressure and still displayed good customer service and were very pleasant and provided good food.
  • Surprisingly fun for all the family, even on winter day. Lots of activities for children and tractor ride was a big hit. Working farm with animals so visits can be timed to meet lambs, piglets etc. Outside playground area. Plenty of displays about people and technology in the past, so adults can find something to interest them too. Decent cafe and gift shop.
  • What a great day out, fab wee cafe inside, you can even go to the cafe without paying for the museum. Stopped in a few times for spot of lunch a few times. Tractor ride to the working farm. Can't wait until spring to see the lambs again
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