Get back to nature! Find out how to get here, how to get around, what to do and where to eat and shop.
Tel: 0300 123 6789
Pay once and visit all year with the Annual Pass
Child (5–15) £5.50 (under 5s free)
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £23
Open daily 10:00–17:00
Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January
The museum is 200m from the bus stop on Stewartfield Way.
The First Glasgow 31 service runs between Glasgow and East Kilbride, with stops at Stewartfield Way and East Kilbride bus station. The journey time is approximately 40 minutes from Glasgow city centre and 20 minutes from East Kilbride bus station.
It is about a 20-minute cycle from the centre of East Kilbride and there is a secure cycle rack available to park your bike.
10% bicycle discount: The National Museum of Rural Life is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and supports sustainable tourism. On presentation of your cycle helmet at the ticket desk receive a 10% discount on one adult, concession or child admission. For validity on Family tickets, all family members must have travelled by bicycle. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and not valid during special events.
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Free parking is available, with four designated spaces for disabled visitors. There are signposts for the museum before you reach East Kilbride.
Toilets are available. There are accessible toilets with an adult changing bench.
Baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding room is available.
The museum is accessible via lifts and ramps. See more access information below.
Shielings Café is open daily from 10:00–17:00.
There is an outdoor picnic and play area.
Our information and ticket desk is at the entrance to our museum on the first floor.
Free parking available. There are 12 designated Blue Badge parking bays within the car park.
There is an induction loop in the theatre.
Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and in public areas outdoors on a lead.
Dogs are welcome outdoors, but must be on a lead. They are not allowed in the museum buildings.
Our tractor-trailer runs regularly to the farm, book a free ticket at our information desk.
The museum shop sells a range of gifts, souvenirs, toys and books.
The award-winning Shielings Café offers home baking, hot and cold dishes, children’s meals and freshly brewed teas and coffees.
Open daily from 10:00–17:00, last food orders should be placed by 16:30. The café is open to non-museum visitors.
National Museums Scotland Members receive a 20% discount in the café.
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our outdoor picnic and play area.
Families and children are welcome at the National Museum of Rural Life. We have galleries and activities especially for children and an exciting events calendar for all ages.
Not sure where to start? Check out our top 10 activities to try with kids.
If you’re planning to visit the National Museum of Rural Life as part of a group, please let us know you’re coming! Whether you're a school group, a society or special interest group, we will be delighted to work with you to plan your visit.
Teacher-led visits are free of charge. Workshops and resources are available. Find out more and request a school visit.
With a diverse range of events spaces and idyllic grounds, the museum is an ideal location for corporate or private events. Find out more about our Venue Hire.
Celebrate a birthday at the Museum with a visit to our working farm, historic farmhouse and award-winning Museum. Parties are for children aged 5+, they cost £10 per head (minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18 children). Parties can include dedicated tractor-trailer rides, playtime in our Garden Detectives space, hire of a private room and lunch provided by Shielings Café. Call 0131 247 4377 for more information or to book your party.
We are happy for you to take photographs, including flash photography, in the galleries and the outdoor site.
No prior permission is needed for photography intended for personal use. However, anyone wishing to use additional photography equipment (e.g. a tripod) should contact the information desk to obtain a photopass.
All photographers wishing to take photographs for commercial use are asked to contact Maggie Wilson at the Picture Library on 0131 247 4026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want all our visitors and staff to be safe at the National Museum of Rural Life. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of our Visitor Experience team. You can also help us keep the museum safe by reporting anything that looks out of place or suspicious to our Visitor Experience Assistants.
Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and on outdoor site.
Non-assistance dogs are welcome outdoors, but must be on a lead. They are not allowed in the museum buildings.
We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit.
Our full access guide can be found at the AccessAble website.
A walk from the museum to the farm takes about ten minutes on paths overlooking the fields and hedgerows. Our Farm Explorer tractor-trailer runs regularly to the farm, book a free ticket at our information and ticket desk.
Download a map of the National Museum of Rural Life or pick one up at our information desk when you arrive.
There is ample free parking at the site, with four designated spaces for disabled visitors near the entrance.
Disabled visitors pay a concession price of £7 for admission, with a carer accompanying for free.
Tickets are valid for unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.Find out more
Enjoy a meal in our award-winning Shielings Café, which offers home baking, hot and cold dishes, children’s meals and freshly brewed teas and coffees.