National Museum of Rural Life

National Museum of Rural Life
Wester Kittochside, Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, G76 9HR
  • Telephone 0300 123 6789
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 10am–5pm.
  • Seasonal times Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–4.30pm.
  • Admission Free–£7 (adult)
  • Email
  • Website www.nms.ac.uk/rural
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National Museum of Rural Life

The café at this rural life museum looks out over the fields and offers a range of sandwiches, filled bagels and main meals starring local produce.

Lanarkshire Larder

Listed in the Lanarkshire Larderorder a print copy (free + p&p).

Part of the National Museums of Scotland, displays of artefacts relating to rural life down the centuries sit alongside a working farm harking back to the 1950s. The Shielings Café looks out over the fields and offers a range of sandwiches, filled bagels and main meals starring local produce like Loch Fyne smoked salmon, Thorntonhall ice-cream and free-range eggs from The Beeches, Lockerbie.

Explore life in the countryside at this five-star museum, historic farmhouse and working farm.

In the museum, learn about the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland's rural history, and discover Scotland's largest collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery.

Just a short walk or tractor-trailer ride from the museum is our working farm, home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. Meet the animals, then visit the Georgian farmhouse where Lanarkshire's Reid family lived for ten generations. See rooms decorated as they would have been in the 1950s and explore the bothy, outbuildings and kitchen garden.

Don't forget to round off your visit with a stop at our award-winning cafe, the perfect place for some good old-fashioned home baking.

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  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access

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Christmas Fair at the Farm

Celebrate the festive season on the farm with traditional crafts and games, festive music and storytelling, Christmas gift stalls and Santa of course!

Sun 6 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0300 123 6789

Go Wild in Spring

Easter holiday fun for active kids with rewilding-themed activities.

Thu 9 Apr

Cancelled / 0300 123 6789

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Tue 14 Apr

Cancelled / 0300 123 6789

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Wed 15 Apr

Cancelled / 0300 123 6789

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Thu 16 Apr

Cancelled / 0300 123 6789

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Halloween

Spooky happenings in the country for Halloween. Visit the museum after dark with your little devils for some creepy crafts and spooky surprises.

Sat 31 Oct

Free / 0300 123 6789

Heavy Horse Show

One of Scotland's biggest heavy horse shows, offering the chance to get up close to nearly 200 horses, from tiny Shetlands through to sturdy Highland ponies and giant Clydesdales. Watch show classes, donkey classes and agility courses in the ring, take a pony ride and join in with children’s craft workshops.

Sun 19 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0300 123 6789

Spring into Easter

Join the National Museum of Rural Life in celebrating springtime with baby animals, Easter activities, storytelling and music.

Sat 11 Apr

Cancelled / 0300 123 6789

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sun 12 Apr

Cancelled / 0300 123 6789

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 13 Apr

Cancelled / 0300 123 6789

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Summer Art Challenge

Join us for a drawing and painting challenge en plein air within the grounds of the museum. You will have from 10:30–15:00 to produce your masterpiece before our judges gather to decide the category winners. Age 16+. Free with museum admission and Annual Pass.

Sun 16 Aug

£9 (£8; Children £6; Family £25; Members free; under 5s free) / 0300 123 6789

Willow Harvest

Join basket maker Lise Bech to bring in this year's willow harvest. Learn about the varieties of willow growing on site and their various uses with the chance to take a few cuttings home.

Sun 7 Feb 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0300 123 6789

Woolly Weekend

Make some crafts out of wool after having a go at spinning, felting and knitting, and even see some sheep get sheared!

Sat 30 May

£9 (£8; Children £6; Family £25 (2 adults, 2 children); Members free; under 5s free) / 0300 123 6789

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sun 31 May

£9 (£8; Children £6; Family £25 (2 adults, 2 children); Members free; under 5s free) / 0300 123 6789

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Reviews & features

National Museum of Rural Life ploughs up the past

28 Sep 2018

The changing face of Scottish farming is brought to life at the National Museum of Rural Life near East Kilbride

Fertile-minded foodies on the hunt for a way to further cultivate their knowledge of the field-to-plate journey should look no further than the National Museum of Rural Life. Situated near East Kilbride, and combining a modern museum with an historic…

Scotland's National Museum of Rural Life celebrates agricultural heritage

9 Sep 2013

Musuem near East Kilbride is based on a working farm

Agricultural heritage is celebrated at Scotland’s National Museum of Rural Life, based on a working farm on the outskirts of East Kilbride. A partnership between National Museums Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, it was opened in 2001…

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