This week’s place to go is the National Museum of Rural Life. It’s a National Trust for Scotland managed building, which means it’s free to members but costs an entry fee to non-members. It’s located close to East Kilbride.
The Museum features a vast collection of tools that are connected to agriculture past and present. It also illustrates the way people lived in rural places, from childhood to old age. There is an interactive part of the museum specifically suitable for children, Garden Detectives. Here, children can learn about bugs and beasties, birds, habitats, draw and run about like mad chickens (that’ll be my girl then).
Currently, the museum also offers daily nature craft activities on a 7 day rota, it’s a drop in session both mornings and afternoons.
Outdoors, there’s a lot of area to walk about and explore. A little bus powered by a tractor will take you uphill (you can also walk) to a working farm, where you can observe cow’s being milked, have a go at milking a wooden cow, admire the piglets, the heavy horses and find out all about what you can make out of milk and how. There is a kitchen garden too. The old farmhouse is open to visitors and gives a fabulous idea of how the farmer family used to live, the tools used in everyday life and the crafts and skills needed on a farm. There is a lot of attention to detail – my pre-schooler loved trying out the scales, while I found out how to make a rag rug. The staff are very knowledgeable and will answer every question.
The museum also featurs regular events and it’s well worth checking out their website to find out more about the exciting all day events that are offered here.
Where? Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride G76 9HR. First 31 Bus from Glasgow St. Enoch’s, 40 mins travel time.
Cost? £6.50 adults, £5.50 concessions, £3 children, 0-5 go free as do National Trust for Scotland members