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 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.
The National Trust for Scotland operates the David Livingstone Centre on behalf of the Scottish National Memorial to David Livingstone Trust.
At present the Visitor Centre and museum will remain open until 30 September 2016. It is anticipated that the David Livingstone Centre will be closing at the end of the 2016 season (currently scheduled for 30 September 2016) for a short while to allow for the refurbishment of the museum. This is a very exciting opportunity, and will involve the introduction of new interpretation and displays, together with updated visitor facilities. At this present time we do not know when the museum will re-open, though it is hoped that this will be in 2019. Also, our Visitors’ Centre tearoom facilities are now closed for 2016 although visitors are still able to purchase takeaway drinks and snacks from our shop area.