Places to visit

David Livingstone Centre

David Livingstone Centre

From humble beginnings to Victorian hero

  • See where Livingstone was born and lived in the early 1800s. 

  • Discover the amazing life and work of David Livingstone, Scotland’s most famous explorer.

  • Learn how Victorian travellers prepared for the challenges they faced in unfamiliar territory.

  • Admire dramatic re-creations of scenes from Livingstone’s life, including a bronze sculpture depicting the lion attack he survived.

  • Walk through the Explorer’s Garden overlooking the River Clyde. 

Scotland’s most famous explorer was born in a single-roomed tenement inside this whitewashed building in 1813. The Livingstones shared this building with 23 other families, living in cramped conditions. Known as Shuttle Row, the tenement block now houses a museum dedicated to Livingstone’s life and works.

Livingstone was the first European to cross southern Africa and filled huge gaps in western knowledge of the continent. He reported on the cruelties of the slave trade in a campaign to end it, and died trying to find the source of the Nile.

There is an Explorer’s Garden in the grounds, and the Clyde Walkway passes nearby.

David Livingstone Centre is managed by the National Memorial to David Livingstone Trust, who have exciting plans for the impending refurbishment and will be releasing details soon via their website at

The centre is open by appointment for tour groups and school visits. The property will also open for a number of events throughout the year.