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“Great museum”

The David Livingstone Centre
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.
Grantham, United Kingdom
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306 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

This museum is a superb example of how a local man became a world famous explorer and missionary. We had an excellent very knowledgeable and interesting guide who gave us a terrific insight into the workings of the mill where Livingston was born as well as the tour about his life. Good walks in the gardens and a good shop.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank donnison44
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Adelaide, Australia
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Easy way to pass time”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

The grounds are great to stroll, and we had joined an interesting nature walk which was guided. The cafe was average but I am a bit of a coffee snob!
The exhibition is informative and as it evolves I'm sure it will be more interactive

Visited April 2013
Thank AdelaideSusanM
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Good morning out in Blantyre”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We visited the David Livingstone Centre on a cold morning in November. We were the only ones there apart from a group of local school children who were dressed in period costume. I listened to part of the guides talk to the children and found her very entertaining and informative, the children looked interested and asked lots of questions. I would have liked a guided tour but it was late in the season. Although the whole of the exhibition was laid out well and easy to follow on our own. Lovely grounds for a summer picnic. We had coffee in the coffee shop and were served very well by the children who were on duty. All in all a good day out.

Visited November 2013
Thank Shirley B
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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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382 reviews
160 attraction reviews
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“Livingtone's Fascinating History”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

From the moment that we walked into the door, we were delighted that we had chosen to visit the David Livingstone Science Center.
A guide met us at the entrance and she immediately escorted us to another room where she began to give us the fascinating history of this man. This woman was enthusiastic and very knowledgable and we found ourselves learning all sorts of details about the life of Livingstone and his family.
The building was originally a Cotton Mill tenement house, and Livingstone's parents would have occupied a room there for a short while.

There is a fabulous display of Livingstone's travels, exploration and missionary adventures.
If you are a history buff, you will love the information that is on display.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank geismom
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49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Centre is great, beware the cafe!”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

After a play at the park and a really interesting walk round the museum we made the mistake of going for a 'quick' lunch. Despite there being more tables empty than occupied it took 40 minutes to get 3 mediocre toasties. And we were no worse off than any other customers. You are warned that the staff are training but the prices don't reflect this and it went beyond 'patience with beginners'.

The NTS staff I couldn't fault. The staff at this site are particularly welcoming and receptive to kids though the displays are interesting and informative fot adults too. I'd highly recommend a visit... with a picnic!

Visited October 2013
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