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National Museum of Rural Life - Parking

Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in November 2021.
  • Some buildings may have limited access though many have now re-opened. The Stables remain closed.
  • There have been no changes to the parking.
  • There is a member of the team greeting visitors outside the Farm on arrival, and an additional member of the team at the Farm Steading and/or Courtyard.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • Hand sanitising stations have been installed at entrances and exit points, at the toilets, within the Tools Gallery, in the Picnic Field and in the Farm Steading.
  • The capacity has been reduced to accommodate social distancing. The online booking system controls the capacity with a set number of tickets being available for each hourly arrival time slot.
  • Tensa barriers are situated in certain areas to restrict access or promote an alternative route.
  • The footpath to the Farm follows mostly a one way route. Visitors with mobility issues are allowed to drive to the Farm when capacity allows. See access map here.
  • General signage, directional signage and floor markings have been added throughout.
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Protective screens have been added in the Shop, in the Café and at the Ticket Desk.
  • Face masks/coverings must be worn indoors at all times unless exempt.
  • Additional Information
    - Tickets should be purchased in advance via the website at which point contact details will be recorded and stored securely for 21 days after the visit.
    - Contact details are required for at least one member of the party.
    - Contactless card transactions are preferred on site.
    - Assistance dogs are still permitted on site but must be kept on a lead.
  • The venue is certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information on the 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard please click here.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .
  • To see a video of the COVID-19 measures that are in place please click here.

Getting Here

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Staff do not receive deaf awareness training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request and large print on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/near by.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located to the rear of the main building.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact a member of staff.


  • Parking View
    • The venue does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located opposite the Museum.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
    • Parking at the Farm Buildings off Kittochside Road can be arranged at the Museum.
  • Blue Badge Parking View
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 12 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 240cm x 490cm (7ft 10in x 16ft 1in).
    • The Blue Badge parking bays have a marked zone to both sides but not at the rear.
    • The marked zones around the Blue Badge parking bay(s) have at least the recommended width of 120cm.
    • The dimensions of other designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • Paying View
    • There are no parking charges for the car park.
  • Access from the Car Park View
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are slopes/ramps.
    • The entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • There is no tactile paving on dropped kerbs between the car park and the entrance.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 71m (77yd 1ft) from the Main Entrance.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).
  • Comments View
    • 4 of the designated Blue Badge bays are located in front of the Museum and do not require any road crossing.
    • Standard parking bays have a surface of loose chippings.
    • Some of the standard bays are located on a moderate slope.
    • Some of the standard parking bays do not have a dropped kerb.