Culture and Heritage
Discover Lanarkshire's rich and colourful past.
Lanarkshire’s rich and colourful past has something for everyone
If you want to learn something new and take a step back in time, Lanarkshire boasts a wide range of museums and cultural attractions.
The National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride allows visitors to explore its 1950s working farm, complete with dairy cows, horses and sheep. If it’s Lanarkshire’s rich industrial past that is of interest, Summerlee, the Scottish Museum of Industrial Life at Coatbridge, provides visitors with an opportunity to experience Lanarkshire’s rich industrial past. New Lanark World Heritage Site is a fantastic place to continue the industrial experience by exploring the fully restored 18th century cotton mill village and learning about Robert Owen’s vision for a better future for Scotland.
Find out more about Scotland's cultural history at the John Buchan Centre in Biggar. This popular museum celebrates the life of one of Scotland’s best known writers, who penned the widely read novels, The Thirty Nine Steps and Greenmantle.
For those interested in architecture and design, Bothwell Castle in Uddingston is well worth a visit. Dating back to medieval times it is the largest and finest 13th century stone castle in Scotland, overlooking the River Clyde. Hamilton Mausoleum is another remarkable building. Family burial vault of the Duke of Hamilton’s family, the Roman-style domed structure of paneled masonry stands to an overall height of about 123 feet (37m), occupying a site some 650 feet (200m) north of the site where Hamilton Palace used to sit. Tours can be booked of the Palace from the nearby 5 star Low Parks museum.