The girls and I escaped to the countryside for a great day out at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride. It’s Located just 13 miles from Glasgow’s city centre. We met lots of animals like Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, Ayrshire cows, Blackface sheep and Clydesdale horses on the farm and had a walk around the farmhouse for a sense of what life on a farm was really like more than 50 years ago.

The  purpose-built museum is educational for the kids as well as adults and offers a real glimpse into rural life and how things have changed. They have different events on throughout the year from craft making, butter churning, haymaking and even a dance class that my daughters loved. So it’s worthwhile checking the website to see what on for the season.

We enjoyed a nice walk to the farm itself in the pram and said hello to the horses on the way up and enjoyed a bumpy tractor ride back.

The cafe had plenty to offer on the menu and proudly advertised their commitment to local/Scottish suppliers which was great to see. The Museum and Gift Shop is definitely worth a wee visit.

Overall we had a great day out. My eldest enjoyed the educational side of things but my 2 year old did struggle sometimes.


  • Adult: £7
  • Concessions: £6
  • Child: £4 (under 5 free)
  • Family: £19 (2 adults and 2 children)
  • National Museums Scotland Members: Free
  • John Lewis Partners: Free