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David Livingstone - saved by Tweed

David Livingstone - saved by Tweed
Regular subscriber, Lorne Bourhill reviews the Children's Tours at the National Trust for Scotland's David Livingstone Centre.

When given the opportunity to go to the David Livingstone Centre and do a review we jumped at the chance. It is less than half an hour’s drive from Glasgow so we packed a picnic and headed off. The children's tour was advertised on the National Trust for Scotland’s website for 2pm but staff were surprised to see us. All the surrounding roads had been closed since 10am due to another event and we were the first visitors of the day. Despite these setbacks the staff were brilliant and quickly arranged a tour for us.

The tour of Shuttle Row where David Livingstone was born is recommended for kids aged 8+. We brought along a 5 year old and she was totally engrossed. The kids were both given quiz sheets to complete during the tour and, with the promise of a certificate upon completion, it ensured they listened throughout. Our guide was very knowledgeable about her subject and it was very interesting getting an insight into the harsh conditions David Livingstone endured as a child. It was also very inspiring to learn that he worked two jobs from the age of 10 until he was 23 to be able to pursue his dream of becoming a Doctor. Along the tour there were opportunities to dress up, do jigsaw puzzles and hunt for lions and wild animals. We definitely left knowing a lot more about this fascinating man. The most interesting fact the kids say they learned about David Livingstone was that he got attacked by a lion and it was his tweed jacket saved him!

After the tour we explored the area around the centre, the kids enjoyed the play area and the explorers garden. The gardens are vast so there’s plenty of space to have a picnic or you can use the tables provided. I’d say the David Livingstone centre is definitely worth a visit, a good family day out was had by all, just check that there are no road closures in the area before you go!

As it was a children’s tour we went on I think the final words should come from the kids about their experience. “Excellent, interactive, educational and fun” says Lewis age 9 and “Fantastico” says Amelia aged 5 3/4.

The Children's Tours run every Wednesday and Saturday at 2.00 until Saturday 9 August and are included in the admission fee: £6.50 Adult, Concs £5.00, £16.50 Family, £11.50 Single Parent Family. National Trust for Scotland Members - FREE

Visit: www.nts.org.uk/property/david-livingston-centre
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