North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Visiting North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre and Staying Safe 

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre is a free family visitor attraction located within Motherwell. Ideally situated with excellent train and bus links and within close proximity to local shops and cafes, families with pre-school children can spend the morning (or afternoon) enjoying our outdoor play equipment, regular children’s activities and our fun climb thru time exhibit including our viewing tower.

Pre-school children can enjoy our Bookbug sessions on Mondays at 1.15pm & 2pm. Please call to check availability and book in advance on 01698 274590.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre also offers Saturday crafts for all ages.

Saturdays, 1.30 – 2.30 pm

Click here for our full craft programme


Archives and Local Studies are open Monday to Saturday, 12-4pm. You are welcome to drop in to use our reading room and open-access resources for self-led study. Visits are a maximum of 2 hours and numbers in the reading room are strictly limited.

It’s usually best to speak with our staff beforehand in order to get the most out of your visit so we still advise you to book a slot by completing our booking form, calling 01698 274590 or sending an email.


North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre is closed from Saturday 25 December 2021 to Tuesday 4 January 2022 inclusive (open on 24 December and reopening on Wednesday 5 January)

Archives/records/local studies yearly closure in the first week will not impact on the building reopening.


Plan Your Visit

This four-star attraction offers visitors a range of facilities and services for an educational and fun visit for all families:

  • Outdoor play area – including climbing frame, water table, giant games and more!
  • Climb thru time – explore the history of the Motherwell area in a fun climb through our tower.
  • Our popular viewing tower with views over Motherwell and North Lanarkshire
  • Gallery and exhibition spaces (check out our latest exhibit)

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre is also home to our archives and local studies services, including:

  • North Lanarkshire’s Archives collections
  • Local and family history advice and guidance
  • Access to museum object collection


Find out more about our family-friendly activities.

Find out more about our archives and local studies services.


Accessibility – Lifts to all floors, accessible WC on the ground floor, assistance is given in the search room for visitors with a visual impairment, induction loop, and free car parking at the rear of the building with three spaces for blue badge holders. If you have a query about access, please call 01698 274590 or email


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Address: High Rd, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire ML1 3HU

How To Find Us

Your journey to North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre with First Bus

Travel via services: X11, 201, 240, 241, 242, 244, 266, 355

Use traveline to find information on how to travel to North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre from your location. You’ll find us at High Rd, Motherwell, ML1 3HU.