David Livingstone Birthplace Fun

Plan Your Visit

We strive to provide a welcoming, engaging, and accessible environment for all our visitors. If you have access requirements do not hesitate to get in touch should the information below give you any cause for concern:

  • Lift Access - Most areas of the Museum are accessible via ground floor entrances or a platform lift. There is also a stairlift on the first floor which can be operated during visiting hours by staff who will be happy to help.
  • Wheelchair Access – All areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. The Museum is situated in a historic building with some smaller spaces than others.
  • Borrow a Wheelchair – A wheelchair is available to borrow from the Museum reception during visiting hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Or can be booked in advance by calling 0141 375 3105.
  • Seating – A variety of seating is available throughout the Museum, some with backs. We also have a small number of portable stools available on request.
  • Accessible Toilets – Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor of the Museum and the Gift shop. There is a further accessible toilet at the final ‘Legacy Space’ of the Museum also on the ground floor.
  • Baby changing/Breast feeding - Baby changing facilities are available in the pavilion building next to the gift shop and on the ground floor at the museum entrance. We are under Breastfeeding Family Scotland Scheme. 
  • Dogs (including guide dogs) - It is not necessary for dogs to be kept on a lead at all times across the grounds, however, they must be kept on their leads in designated areas like inside the cafe and gift shop. Only guide dogs are allowed in the museum.
  • Parking and getting to the museum - Visitors car park is free of charge and is open to the public 24 hours. To get into the museum from the car park, follow the sign to museum reception. 
  • Hearing Loop - Ask the member of staff at the reception on your arrival for further information. 

Transportation Option

  • Blantyre Train Station, Station Road (5 min walk) - regular trains to and from Glasgow city centre. Please check nationalrail.co.uk for times and tickets. 
  • Buses - First Glasgow buses to and from city centre stops top of station Road (buses to Hamilton and Glasgow city - 6 min walk), no.263 and 267 from Glasgow city to Blantyre and no.205 from East Kilbride bus station to Station Road.
  • Licensed local taxi services:

Macs Cars         01698 891891

Maxi's Taxis      01698 842525 

Wellman Cars   01698 891313

Food and Drink

Café - Livingstone’s Café, situated in the Pavilion Building next to the Gift Shop, offers a variety of light snacks, lunches, brunches, cakes and drinks to eat in or takeaway. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Museum - Please do not bring any food or drink into the Museum except bottled and capped water.

Visiting Safely

Hand Sanitizing - Hand sanitizers are available before you enter the Museum and throughout.

Face Covering - Masks are welcome if you want to wear one. There are some smaller spaces in the Museum so you may want to wear a mask whilst visiting with us. Disposable masks are available at the Museum reception and Gift shop.

Staff - Our team of staff and volunteers are here to help and answer any questions you may have.

Any Questions?

If there is anything you can’t find here or on our web site, please get in touch with us by calling 0141 375 3105, or e-mailing at info@dltrust.uk.

David Livingstone Birthplace
165 Station Road
G72 9BY

DDA – Access and Equipment

Pavilion Building

  • Level access to/from Resin Path and building.
  • Auto entrance / exit door with push pad to open.
  • SN W/C with room for wheel chair and grab bars & rails.
  • Portable hearing aid loop at shop. Another will be required for Café at the till.
  • Level access between Shop, Café & WCs.

Main Tenement and Cottage

  • Level entrance from/to building from Resin Path and flagstone path.
  • SN W/C with room for wheel chair and grab bars & rails at either end of ground floor.
  • Confirm Portable Hearing Aid Loop at reception area?
  • Hearing loop fitted on 1st Floor at exhibits.
  • 1 x Lift access for wheelchair between ground floor, 1st Floor & 2nd floor of Tenement.
  • 1 x wheelchair platform list at stairs on 1st Floor between Tenement & Cottage buildings.
  • Stairwell refuge areas with communication.


  • Disabled Parking Spaces.
  • Level paths from Car Park which allows access to all buildings for wheelchair users and mobility impaired visitors.
  • Slight gradient downhill from car park to courtyard. Uphill gradient from main building to Pavilion.

Further Information

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland
Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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