David Livingstone Centre

Celebrating the birthplace and legacy of Dr David Livingstone in Blantyre and across Africa.

David Livingstone Centre

About David Livingstone Centre

165 Station Road, Blantyre G72 9BY
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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 include journals, letters and navigational equipment, as well as dioramas of significant events in his travels. It also gives a fascinating insight into the living and working conditions of 19th-century Scotland.

Set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde, there are plenty of picturesque woodland walks in the area including along the Clyde Walkway to Bothwell Castle, making it the perfect place for a family day out.

Restaurants, shop & other facilities

There is a selection of gifts available in the shop, including African crafts, books and toys, and confectionery.

There are picnic areas.

The cafe at the David Livingstone Centre is now operated by Work it Out, an employment and training programme for young people with additional support needs- a partnership between South Lanarkshire Council and Motherwell College. The scheme started in March 2013, and while the young people are training will operate on a very restricted menu, and will open Monday- Friday (11am-2pm), term-time only.

Tea and coffee available at weekends.

The conference centre is ideal for meetings or conferences.

Dogs are welcome in the park on a lead.

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