National Museum of Rural Life
- 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 £9; concessions £8; children £6; family £25; under 5s free.
- Website www.nms.ac.uk/rural
A range of safety measures are in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines. This includes pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations. Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:
Please keep your distance from others.
Use the hand sanitisers provided.
Wash your hands often.
Face coverings must be worn in our indoor spaces by visitors aged 12 and over.
Please note card payments preferred.
Any questions? Our Visitor Experience team will be delighted to help.
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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.
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 the 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 the museum’s country cafe, the perfect place for some good old-fashioned home baking. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy in the outdoor play park and picnic area.
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- Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
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