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“A wonderful exhibition of David Livingstone's life”

The David Livingstone Centre
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Blantyre
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Owner description: 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 range from letters and navigation equipment to his gruesome medical kit and hippo and lion skulls! It also gives a fascinating insight into the living and working conditions of 19th-century Scotland.We have children's quizzes and regular events to help keep little ones entertained, along with a sandy playpark and 20 acres of parkland and woodland. Located on the banks of the River Clyde, we are the starting point for some beautiful walks.Our tearoom is run by Motherwell College, providing lunches every weekday from 11am-2pm. Unfortunately the tearoom is not open on weekends.
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Our life was enriched by our visit to the boyhood home of David Livingstone. Seeing his humble beginnings and learning about the remarkable journey from a lowly child textile mill laborer to a man that opened up the darkest parts of Africa in his fight against slavery, it was inspirational.

3  Thank RobfromWL
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We were very lucky. We were one of the first visitors of the day and were treated to a tour, guided by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer. After the tour we visited the gardens and had a great cup of coffee in the restaurant.

2  Thank Wullywinkie
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

The fantastic statue as you arrive at the attraction sets the mood of the place which brings David Livingstone's experiences to life. A lovely museum set in premises known to David Livingstone has great artefacts and will soon be upgraded. There is a wonderful natural walk and pond at the end of it and then you can cross a field and walk along the river Clyde amongst the woods. At the end there is a visitor centre and cafe. Also a big outdoor play area for kids which my son really enjoyed. Well worth a visit

1  Thank tabitha259
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Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

Great place to whittle away a few hours. A guide is available. Excellent exhibits on the mans life and family. Tea room and shop. Lovely gardens with picnic tables. Will go back again with my disabled mother, she will find the 'single end' very interesting

2  Thank dayshereandthere
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We visited the Centre with very open minds and we were not disappointed. It was extremely interesting to see how livingstone made his mark in History from very humble beginings, having to work for what was it 10 hours then go to school. To get the qualifications he got then put them into practice along with his other achievements is quite an accompolishment. The exhibition is extremely informitive and visitor friendly.
The refreshment area is also well provisioned and reasonbly priced.
the gardens are also well laid out and the centre will also be on our "places to revisit " agenda.

Thank Michael S
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