Every one the family will enjoy a wonderful day out at Almond Valley Heritage Centre, situated just outside Livingston, West Lothian, only 15 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. Nestled in a pleasant riverside site with woods and green spaces that extend for almost a mile, there's so much to do and see. The picturesque buildings and paddocks of Mill Farm are home to many friendly farm animals, including Highland cattle, rare breed sheep, goats, ponies, horses, and some very inquisitive ducks.
There's always something happening, with milking, feeding, talks and handling sessions throughout much of the year, and a programme of seasonal crafts, games and activities for children during the school holidays. Kids can let off steam and engage their imagination in a range of unique play facilities including a simulated archaeological dig, a play mine, toy tractors, pedal carts and trampolines. Even if the sun isn't shining there are indoor play areas for all ages, and secrets to be discovered in the museum.
But you don't need to be a kid to enjoy Almond Valley. Seasonal tractor rides and trips on the narrow gauge railway transport you through a pleasant landscape to peaceful riverside walks. The working watermill and machinery shed provides an insight into West Lothian's rural past whilst the museum tells the fascinating story of Scotland's famous shale oil industry. And, (of course), we have a delightful tearoom. Whether you're aged one or a hundred and one, we're certain that you'll leave Almond Valley with a smile on your face.
Almond Valley is open daily throughout the year from 10 am to 5pm. Admission is a very modest £5.50 per adult, £4 per child, with a family ticket available at £17. We're only a mile from junction 3 of the M8 (follow the brown signs), and a mile from Livingston North railway station.
Almond Valley Heritage Trust
Livingston EH54 7AR
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