What to do and see in East Kilbride, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

February 24, 2018 Oliva Fomby

East Kilbride (Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bhrìghde an Ear) is the largest town in South Lanarkshire in Scotland and the 6th largest settlement in Scotland. It was also designated Scotland's first new town on 6 May 1947. The area lies on a raised plateau to the south of the Cathkin Braes, about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Glasgow and close to the boundary with East Renfrewshire.
Restaurants in East Kilbride

1. National Museum of Rural Life

Philipshill Road | Wester Kittochside, East Kilbride G76 9HR, Scotland +44 300 123 6789
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 291 reviews

National Museum of Rural Life

Discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland's countryside. Tour the period farmhouse for a sense of what living on a farm was really like more than 50 years ago, and meet the animals on the historic working farm: Ayrshire cows, Tamworth pigs, Scots dumpy hens, black-faced sheep and Clydesdale horses.

Reviewed By Denise L - Whitby, Canada

The National Museum of Rural Life is a fascinating look into the past of farm life. The entry fee was quite reasonable for the hours of learning about how farmers of the past made their living. The exhibits were very interesting covering the clothing, animals, farm tools and machinery. A bumpy ride to the house and farm buildings puts you in the right mood as you head to the farm house. The life of this particular farm is fascinating and our guide Graeme Cumming brought it to life in the tour of the farm house. A perfect preserved farm house, each room a beautiful step into the past. The animals are delightful and well cared for. An extra opportunity for children to learn about the difficult life of a farmer. I recommend seeing the farm in every season to full appreciate our wonderful past.
There is also a delight gift shop and tea shop.

2. Calderglen Country Park

Calderglen Country Park Strathaven Road, East Kilbride G75 0QZ, Scotland +44 1355 236644
Excellent
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4.5 based on 421 reviews

Calderglen Country Park

Fun park to explore with children's zoo. The park itself is quite big and features various animals such as rabbits, Guinea pigs, wallabies, marmosets, meerkats, snakes, reptiles and fish.

Reviewed By StanEastKilbride - East Kilbride

The calderglen park has a lot to offer , you can spend a hole day there without it costing a fortune.
So what have they got to offer you , there are some great well laid out nature walks, good exercise and great for walking the dog, there is load of safe space for children to have fun and various structures for them to play on, it has also got a coffeeshop that is open at certain times.
The zoo is worth a walk about , with a good variety of wild & pet animals to see, you have to pay to enter the zoo, but it is worth it. the park also play host for an assortment of events throughout the year. Enjoy your day there .

3. James Hamilton Heritage Park

Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride G74 5LB, Scotland
Excellent
37%
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Poor
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4 based on 122 reviews

James Hamilton Heritage Park

Reviewed By casswife - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

We haven't been for a while but took our grandchildren on Sunday and were pleased to find they have added more swings and attractions for the kids - what a difference it made - we had to drag them away for lunch!
My only complaint is that there are still no toilet facilities open unless you visit the cafe - come on South Lanarkshire - open the toilets, particularly at the weekend!

4. Happy days soft play

Stewartfield way, East Kilbride, Scotland
Excellent
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4 based on 34 reviews

Happy days soft play

Reviewed By kittykatmc

On arrival, huge queue. ...maybe place is super good! ? Paid and so located table number. Table shipped by another family on return from toliet with youngster. Back waiting for new table got another table and marked it as instructed with jackets send shoes and proceeded to get refreshments. Another long queue Girl who served should know Nannerch don't cost a thing! A bit of manners and nice attitude goes along way. Pitty she had none!! kids loved it but not a nice experience for the adults...prefer rainforest (can't believe said that) and sporty kids...staff in sporty kids are fantastic

5. Langlands Moss

East Kilbride G75 0YY, Scotland
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Langlands Moss

Reviewed By Splishsplasher - Scotland, United Kingdom

The Heather and Peat Bog beneath it swell up above the surrounding ground to form a mound which is about 2m thick above the ground. The wildlife there is also quite unique for the area. boardwalks across the moss allow close up viewing of the wildlife and plants so walking across and through the middle of the moss is also a unique experience.

6. Zone 74

Stewartfield Way | Inside Playsport, East Kilbride G74 4GT, Scotland +44 1355 263060
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Zone 74

Reviewed By AdiOsborne - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Zone 74 is inside Playsport, next to Air Space in East Kilbride, Glasgow. The venue is an indoor BMX, Scooter and Skate park, with ramps, trick walls and a foam pit.
This is our 3rd time here, and the staff are so friendly and egger to help and give advice to the boys, Fraser gave us a tour and advised my son take a 1-2-1 coaching lesson to give him confidence to go round the park, plus it would give him tips and coaching to do bigger ramps.
We took up this coaching lesson and booked in for Saturday morning at 10.00am, slight issue with the coach not being booked for our session, but Kyle explained due to a rota error, he would take my son after another lesson and gave the boys an extra hour for free.
The lesson with Kyle was great, my son learnt so much, Kyle was patient and took the lesson at a pace that my son felt comfortable with, even teaching him to jump with the BMX into the form pit.
We came back again today and the staff welcomed the boys, and I must say the staff are so friendly to all guests.
The cafe is well stocked and well priced, coffee is great and while having a coffee you have free access to Wi-Fi, so parents can relax using the Internet while chilling watching the kids.
The toilets and spotless, which for a busy children's venue is great to see, nothing worse than disgusting smelly toilets, so big plus.
Overall this place is awesome, highly recommended, and big thank you to Kyle for the lesson with my son, he now wants me to book him in for another lesson.
Oh and by the way, you can hire, Bikes, Scooter and Boards at very reasonable prices, so rather than invest in a bike or scooter, hire one and try before you buy.
Thanks Zone 74, we love this place

7. EK, East Kilbride

300 Cornwall Street, East Kilbride G74 1LL, Scotland +44 845 330 3828
Excellent
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 48 reviews

EK, East Kilbride

EK, East Kilbride is Scotland's largest undercover shopping and leisure destination. With over 180 exciting brands, you'll be spoilt for choice with stylish choices for her, him, the kids and your home. The Hub has 6 restaurants, an Odeon cinema, a 24 hour gym, a full size ice rink and Aerial Adventures climbing wall, hi-ride and soft play.

Reviewed By CabbageBlossom - Greater Melbourne, Australia

Good range of shops here and I happened to visit during sales time so the prices were great. The food court was disappointing in terms of range. Facilities were clean.

8. Dollan Aqua Centre

Dollan Aqua Centre Brouster Hill, East Kilbride G74 1AF, Scotland +44 1355 260000
Excellent
12%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3 based on 32 reviews

Dollan Aqua Centre

Reviewed By Dogs2day - Monkton, United Kingdom

This attraction has been renovated in the past couple of years and has made a terrific difference. Well planned and great play space for a variety of age groups. Spent a happy few hours with the children as they also have good catering facilities.

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