David Livingstone Birthplace Museum

In a nutshell

Take the family to the birthplace museum of Scotland's greatest missionary-explorer, set in 11 hectares of parkland, under 30 minutes from Glasgow Central.


165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY

Contact details

Tel: 0141 375 3105

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, Schools and Groups, Teenagers

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

David Livingstone Birthplace Museum details...

Take the kids to see where Scotland’s greatest missionary-explorer was born. The David Livingstone Birthplace Museum at Blantyre is set in 20 acres of parkland and woodland garden, under 30 minutes from Glasgow Central by train or road.

Scotland’s most famous explorer was born in a single-roomed tenement inside this whitewashed building in 1813. 24 families, including the Livingstones all lived here in cramped conditions.

Outside are 11 hectares of free-to-access parkland, trails and an exciting children’s play park. Young explorers are encouraged to take inspiration from Livingstone’s own voyages and ’set sail’! Look out for the giant lion sculpture in reference to Livingstone surviving a lion attack in Africa during 1884.

The on-site café sells a range of teas and snacks.

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