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A lucky visit

We arrived at the centre which seemed to be shut, but a volunteer let us in and gave a most... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Lincoln, United Kingdom
School visit

Was fun all day long had the best time in the world. Learned alot about David Livinngstone who... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Bright M
Lilongwe, Malawi
via mobile
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The David Livingstone Centre is currently closed for refurbishment The David Livingstone Trust is under-going an exciting re-development. The £6.1 million Birthplace Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and...more
165 Station Road, Blantyre G72 9BY, Scotland
+44 141 647 1428
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Went for a trip down memory lane with my sister today and was absolutely appalled at the state of the place we knew and loved as children. Lovely sunny day and the place was closed. Not only the house, but the visitors centre was derelict,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Audrey R
Grant M, Manager at The David Livingstone Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Hi Audrey Apologies for delay in getting back to you and sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience in May at the Centre. I just wanted to let you know that following your visit we have commenced on a major refurbishment project, that...More

Reviewed 7 May 2018

Visited the centre last summer and it was all closed - no cafe - no gift shop - absolutely nothing. Went back today 7th May 2018 and again it was closed. Really disappointed - the whole place looks a bit tired which is such a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 123muriel
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

I love Davie Livvies! Ever since I was tiny I’ve loved visiting with my family, it’s such a beautiful, educational place. You learn about the slave trade, about human compassion and you find out just how important Blantyre is to the world! As a photographer,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank 348z_e
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We arrived at the centre which seemed to be shut, but a volunteer let us in and gave a most interesting talk whilst showing us round. It appears that the Centre is no longer funded by the National Trust for Scotland, which is causing problems.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We travelled from Devon having planned our visit using the web site which had no indication that it was shut ! We spoke to a young man who said it was only open on weekends . He said centre has just won 6 million for...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

I was born nearby to this centre and have many childhood memories of visiting but this is the first time I have returned in over 20 years. The centre is closing soon for a much needed renovation and I look forward to seeing how it...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Was fun all day long had the best time in the world. Learned alot about David Livinngstone who brought christian to our country and the lest lest of Africa. This is am must visit place for historians as well as family will visit again someday.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Bright M
Reviewed 30 June 2017

The day that we were able to visit the grounds were open and I gather that the buildings had not been open for quite awhile. Closed for renovations? Walking the grounds gave you a good sense of living in the times of David Livingstone. What...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank JJKids
Reviewed 20 June 2017

After nearly 40 years I returned to Blantyre at the weekend with my husband. We are National Trust Scotland members but I had managed to work out from their website that they have sadly withdrawn from the site and it is now in the hands...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank marionspence
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Great place to visit to get information about David Livingstone for my son's school project. Particularly liked seeing his living area and staff were lovely and informative. We were originally told it was closed for refurbishment but as work never started it is still open...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Archie A
10 July 2016|
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Response from Ishbel77 | Reviewed this property |
It depicts when David was attacked by a lion. You can follow his full life story at the centre. A great history lesson for adults and kids alike.
hugo b
12 April 2015|
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Response from AlisonR300 | Property representative |
Hi Hugo, We'll be open 11am-5pm both days, with last admission to the museum and the tearoom closing at 4pm. You can check our website (linked from our profile) before you come if you'd like to double-check as well. Thank... More
23 March 2015|
Response from AlisonR300 | Property representative |
Hello, We're very easy to reach by public transport. Blantyre train station is a 5-10 minute walk away. If you're coming from Glasgow, there are four trains an hour from Glasgow Central Low Level station. You'll arrive at... More