A Scottish town with a lot of personality
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Lovingly nicknamed “Steelopolis” by locals, Motherwell is often associated with the steel plants that can be found across the town. However, there’s more to Motherwell than industry. The town has a rich past, offers access to amazing countryside, and, perhaps most importantly, has one of the best football teams in the country – at least if the locals are to be believed. The town is also home to one of Scotland’s favourite theme parks, M&D’s.
Motherwell isn’t a large town, so Motherwell Station is within easy walking distance of most of the main sights.
Just a stone’s throw from Motherwell Station, you’ll find Motherwell Shopping Centre, which is home to 85 stores. Here you’ll find everything you could need from unique local boutiques to all your favourite big brand names.
There are plenty more shops dotted around Motherwell, and, thanks to its compact nature, you can explore all the town has to offer on foot. With a choice of cosy cafés and restaurants, you’ll be able to rest your feet after all that walking.
For a relatively small town, Motherwell has a lot of culinary choices for visitors. You’ll be able to find a good selection of chains and independent restaurants, mostly around the main shopping area. Choose from your favourite takeaways, including Chinese and Indian cuisine, or enjoy some authentic Italian food at family-run Da Claudio.
As you might expect, there’s a good number of pubs around town. Try the Railway Tavern, where you can enjoy the game or a bite to eat, and then relax in the pub garden. Alternatively, the Burns Tavern is the oldest working pub in Motherwell; locals reckon it serves the best-tasting lager around – probably a claim worth testing.
There are a couple of local distilleries not far from Motherwell, so if you do choose to visit a local pub, you can try a dram of something really special.
Motherwell is a pretty quiet town, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t loads to do.
If you’re visiting with the family, we couldn’t recommend a visit to M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park enough. There’s loads of fun for the whole family, with rollercoasters, water rides, fairground rides, an arcade, a theatre, a bowling alley and an indoor tropical house.
M&D’s is set within Strathclyde Country Park, a Glasgow 2017 Commonwealth Games host venue. Along with the theme park, there are also regular events and activities, as well as guided nature walks which allow you to take in the beautiful surroundings. The park is easily accessible by public transport from Motherwell, making it a great day out.
In town, you can visit Motherwell Cathedral, the Concert Hall or Aquatec Leisure Centre. Footy fans will want to visit Fir Park Stadium, home to Motherwell FC.
Motherwell Station has step-free access throughout. Both accessible ticket office counters and accessible ticket machines are available in the station, as are ramps for train access. Please note that accessible taxis are not available at this station, and there is also no disabled parking.
Motherwell is served by a great bus system, with regular connections around town and to the surrounding villages and countryside. Alternatively, a taxi rank is available at the station. Please note that there is no carpark at the station.
For further information about Motherwell Station, check out our station guide.
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