Plan your visit

Get back to nature! Find out how to get here, how to get around, what to do and where to eat and shop.

National Museum of Rural Life

Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR
Tel: 0300 123 6789

Admission

Pay once and visit all year with the Annual Pass
Adult £8
Concession £7*
Child (5–15) £5.50 (under 5s free) 
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £23

  • *Concessions: 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people.
  • Carers of disabled people free.
  • National Museums Scotland Members free 
  • National Trust for Scotland Members free (additional charge for some events)
  • School visits are free; some workshop charges apply
  • Discounts available for group bookings and those travelling by bicycle

Opening times

Open daily 10:00–17:00

Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January

How to get here

By bus

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. 

 

Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By train

There are three train stations within a few miles of the museum: East Kilbride, Hairmyres and Thorntonhall

 

Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By bike

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.

 

Get directions from Google Maps.

By car

Free parking is available, with four designated spaces for disabled visitors. There are signposts for the museum before you reach East Kilbride.

 

  • From Glasgow take the A727 to East Kilbride.
  • From Edinburgh follow the M8 to Glasgow, turn off at Junction 7A on the A725 to East Kilbride.
  • Satnav: Use postcode G79 1AA in your Satnav. This will take you to the Centre 1 Tax Office, which is five minutes' drive from the museum.

Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

 

Facilities

  • Toilets

    Toilets are available. There are accessible toilets with an adult changing bench.

  • Baby changing

    Baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding room is available.

  • Access

    The museum is accessible via lifts and ramps. See more access information below.

  • Café

    Shielings Café is open daily from 10:00–17:00.

  • Picnic area

    There is an outdoor picnic and play area.

  • Information

    Our information and ticket desk is at the entrance to our museum on the first floor.

  • Parking

    Free parking available. There are 12 designated Blue Badge parking bays within the car park.

  • Induction loop

    There is an induction loop in the theatre.

  • Assistance dogs

    Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and in public areas outdoors on a lead.

  • Dogs

    Dogs are welcome outdoors, but must be on a lead. They are not allowed in the museum buildings.

  • Farm Explorer

    Our tractor-trailer runs regularly to the farm, book a free ticket at our information desk.

  • Shop

    The museum shop sells a range of gifts, souvenirs, toys and books.

Information for your visit

Eating and drinking

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.

Visiting with children

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.

 

  • Trained first aiders are always on duty and a policy is in place if children become separated from their party.
  • Baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding room is available. You can download a map of the museum to see the exact locations of our baby changing facilities and lifts.
  • Our Farm Explorer provides runs regularly to the farm and buggies can be carried on board. Book a free ticket at our information desk.
  • Children are welcome in Shielings Café, where you’ll find is a children's menu, high chairs and a facility for warming baby bottles.
  • There is an outdoor picnic and play area.
  • Within the museum building, there is limited space for storing buggies. There are lockers for storing coats and other personal items.

Not sure where to start? Check out our top 10 activities to try with kids.

School and group visits

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.

 

School visits
Teacher-led visits are free of charge. Workshops and resources are available. Find out more and request a school visit.

 

Venue hire
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.

 

Birthdays

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.

Museum shop

Our shop has a wide range of imaginative gifts, souvenirs, toys and books. You can also shop online.

 

National Museums Scotland Members receive a 10% discount and all major credit cards are accepted. 

Photography policy

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 a tripod should contact the information desk to obtain a photopass.

 

All photographers wishing to take photographs for publication on other websites, for all printed matter or other commercial use, are asked to contact Maggie Wilson at the Picture Library on 0131 247 4026 or m.wilson@nms.ac.uk.

Security

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.

Visiting with dogs

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.

 

Read the outdoor access code for dog walking.

Museum map

Accessibility

Getting around the museum

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.

 

  • Our Farm Explorer is suitable for wheelchair users and buggies can be carried on board.
  • Paths have firm smooth surfaces for pushchairs and wheelchairs. However, the distance is approximately half a mile and in places, is relatively steep.
  • The museum galleries and displays are accessible via lifts and continuous ramp at a gradient of 1:16.
  • There is seating throughout the main museum building and at regular intervals on the walk to the farm.
  • The ground floor of the farmhouse is accessible by wheelchair, but due to the historic nature of the building, the first floor is not accessible to all.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and in public areas outdoors on a lead.

Download a map of the National Museum of Rural Life or pick one up at our information desk when you arrive.

Accessible parking

There is ample free parking at the site, with four designated spaces for disabled visitors near the entrance.

Free entry for carers

Disabled visitors pay a concession price of £7 for admission, with a carer accompanying for free.

BSL Users

Deaf BSL (British Sign Language) users can make contact by using the free ContactSCOTLAND-BSL service.

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Pay once, visit all year with an Annual Pass!

Tickets are valid for unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.

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Shielings Café

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.

View the Shielings Café menu

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