A short distance from the city of Glasgow, East Kilbride offers easy access to the city centre and its attractions and amenities, whilst providing a slightly quieter environment in which to enjoy holidays and breaks. Known as 'Roundabout City' to those living in Glasgow, the area boasts easy access by road to Glasgow attractions including the Glasgow Science Centre, whilst in East Kilbride itself attractions include the East Kilbride Golf Club and the East Kilbride Arts Centre, both of which welcome visitors throughout the year.
Holiday accommodation in East Kilbride, including guest accommodation for business travellers, consists of branches of chain hotels such as Premier Inn and Holiday Inn, whilst independent hotels and self-catering holiday cottages offer a chance to enjoy a less commercial and more peaceful break.
East Kilbride attractions and amenities offer plenty of things to do for the whole family. Perhaps one of the most popular places to go, the East Kilbride Shopping Centre boasts an extensive selection of independent and chain stores, and offers great things to do with additional on-site entertainment facilities. Find food and drink outlets on site, or make a visit to the on-site attractions including a bingo hall, a cinema, an ice rink and a lasertag arena. Meanwhile, younger kids will love the soft play facilities, or a trip around the shopping centre in a Kiddy Cab.
Other attractions in East Kilbride include the East Kilbride Village Theatre, hosting a variety of live performances throughout the year, and the Dollan Aqua Centre, with on-site flumes and water rides for kids and big kids alike. Whether you're looking for thrills or for culture, you'll find them in East Kilbride.
If shopping and playing sports aren't your thing, there are green spots throughout East Kilbride perfect for a picnic, a walk or a relaxing day out. The Calderglen Country Park is a particularly popular natural attraction, with a children's petting zoo on site, and a play area for younger kids. With nature trails and walking routes along the riverside, and an on-site cafe, the country park is great for a family day out in East Kilbride, as is the James Hamilton Heritage Park with an on-site bird sanctuary and water sports facilities.
Cinemas in East Kilbride screen the latest movie releases and classic films, and are great for letting a few hours pass by. Otherwise, visit the National Museum of Rural Life with a working 1950s farm and an award-winning selection of displays and exhibits, for a cheap, educational day out in East Kilbride.
Being close to the major Scottish city of Glasgow, East Kilbride benefits from excellent road and rail access. Travel easily to and from the East Kilbride Railway Station by train, or make use of the reliable and regular buses to and from the city centre. East Kilbride boasts excellent road access, and safe, well-marked cycle routes for those who want to travel with ease in and around the town, whilst shops in the area include clothing stores, the East Kilbride Shopping Centre, and a selection of independent and chain gift and food shops.
Eat and drink at chain and independent restaurants in East Kilbride, including Pizza Hut and Crown Carvery restaurants, or visit independent Indian restaurants, Chinese restaurants and Italian restaurants throughout the town. Pubs and bars can also be found in East Kilbride for light meals and beverages, or take the time to visit an East Kilbride cafe or coffee shop for hot drinks, meals and light bites at affordable prices.
A Highland Cow image contributed by Stephen Hynds. The Calderglen Country Park image contributed by Dannie Calder. The East Kilbride Railway Station image contributed by Iain Thompson.
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