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 Free–£7 (adult)
- Website www.nts.org.uk/visit/…
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.
Escape to the countryside for a full day of family fun at our five-star museum and historic working farm. Tour our period farmhouse for a sense of what living on a farm was really like more than 50 years ago, and discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland’s countryside in our museum. With each season there’s always something fresh to see, from newborn lambs and calves to harvesting and haymaking. You can also find plenty of life down on our farm: Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, Ayrshire cows, Blackface sheep, Clydesdale horses and White Leghorn and Black Rock hens.
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- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
Events at this venue
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Celebrate the festive season on the farm with traditional crafts and games, festive music and storytelling, Christmas gift stalls and Santa of course!
Sun 8 Dec
From exciting animal shows in the arena to traditional games and crafts, there's plenty to enjoy at this big day out.
Sun 2 Jun
What will we be growing, cooking and eating in the year 2050? Join us to find out and take part in family activities to explore the science behind what we eat.
Mon 14 Oct
Tue 15 Oct
Wed 16 Oct
Spooky happenings in the country this Halloween. Visit the museum after dark with your little devils for some creepy crafts, scary storytelling and spooky surprises.
Thu 31 Oct
Prices to be confirmed / 0300 123 6789
Help us celebrate the harvest this autumn at the National Museum of Rural Life. Take part in foodie activities and creative crafts, and spot the autumnal changes at the farm.
Sat 5 Oct
Sun 6 Oct
Heavy Horse Show
See majestic Clydesdales, Highlands and Shetlands compete at this ever-popular annual event.
Sun 14 Jul
Spring into Easter
Join us for three days of springtime surprises! From lambs and chicks to Easter activities, storytelling and music, each day will be different.
Sat 20 Apr
Sun 21 Apr
Mon 22 Apr
Reviews & features
National Museum of Rural Life ploughs up the past28 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 heritage9 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…