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Motherwell is a former industrial town with its history in the weaving, coal and steel industries. The town’s name has been recorded as Moydiral, Moydrwal and Materville since the Middle Ages. Its current name is believed to refer to one of three wells in the original farming community, known as the Well of Our Lady.
Motherwell joins on to the neighbouring towns of Hamilton, and Bellshill. The football team, Motherwell FC, plays in the Scottish Premier League and is a big part of life for the town’s residents. Motherwell College offers further and higher education courses and attracts many international students. Ravenscraig Steelworks was a big employer in the town until it closed in ...Read more
The North Lanarkshire Annual Burns Supper takes place in Motherwell Concert Hall and raises thousands of pounds for charity. The event includes the traditional piping in of the haggis, as well as an auction and raffle. The Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon is a 40-mile running event that takes place in July. The route begins in Glasgow and passes through Lanarkshire, including Strat...Read more
The M&D’s theme park is situated within Strathclyde Country Park and includes rides, a soft play area, amusements arcade, the Amazonia indoor tropical rainforest, bowling facilities, mini golf and more. The Dalzell Estate includes Dalzell House, the Japanese Gardens, an arboretum, woodlands, the remains of St Patrick's Chapel and more. The North Lanarkshire Archive Centre,...Read more
5. Things To Do
Strathclyde Country Park covers 400 hectares and includes woodlands, wetlands, a watersports centre, wildlife, outdoor sports facilities, walks, mountain biking facilities and much more. Viewpark Gardens, in nearby Birkenshaw, includes gardens and glasshouse displays with collections such as conifers, heathers, acers and azaleas. Ravenscraig Sports includes a large multi-purp...Read more
The main shopping centre in the town is the Brandon Street Shopping Centre, containing over 85 shops and free parking for nearly 600 cars. Big out-of-town garden centres are popular in this region and there are plenty to choose from around the Motherwell area. This section of Scotland has become known as Garden Valley.
By car, Motherwell is easily accessible from the M8, which runs to the east and west coasts, linking with Glasgow in one direction and Edinburgh in the other. The nearest airport to the town is Glasgow International Airport, which is about 18 miles away. Edinburgh Airport is 27 miles away. The rail links are great between Motherwell and Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as the r...Read more
Motherwell Concert Hall is a venue for arts and live entertainment. This venue has capacity for 1,600 people and is often used for big rock/pop concerts. Motherwell Theatre is used for professional productions, amateur productions, community performances and pantomime.
9. Famous Landmarks
Dalzell House sits on a steep bank about half a mile from the town centre and was originally built in the 15th or 16th century. This building was fully restored in the 1980s.
10. Interesting Fact
Dalzell House is said to be haunted by three characters: the Green Lady, the White Lady and the Grey Lady. A tree at the Dalzell Estate is known as the Covenanters Oak after the Covenanters of the 17th century were granted permission by the Hamilton family to hold religious services under its branches. It is believed the oak was planted in the 11th century by the then King of ...Read more
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01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
The Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon is a huge running event that is held in the region every July. The 40-mile route starts in Glasgow and follows the course of the River Clyde to head down through Strathclyde Park, in Motherwell, before heading to the finish line in New L ...more
01 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
A huge Victorian Fair takes place every September at the nearby New Lanark World Heritage Site. The event is launched with music and a parade by the local Lanark Pipe Band, before the rest of the day’s activities begin. The main village square of the site is bustlin ...more
01 January 2013 - 31 January 2013
The North Lanarkshire Annual Burns Supper is a grand affair that takes place every January to celebrate the famous Scottish poet and raise money for charity. The evening takes place at Motherwell Concert Hall, where invited guests enjoy a traditional Burns supper consi ...more
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
Thousands of swimmers of all abilities pile into the loch at Strathclyde Country Park once a year to take part in the Great Scottish Swim. This event takes place in August and attracts novice swimmers as well as some of the country’s top swimming competitors. Those ...more
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Decision makers were grilled by youngsters in a Question Time-style debate. The event was organised by Motherwell Youth Voice to give young people a chance to question local leaders on the issues that matter to them. North Lanarkshire Council chief executive Gavin...
A woman from Newarthill is joining Lawrence Dallaglio and Freddie Flintoff on an epic cycle ride for charity after reading about it on her company’s intranet. Kirsty Gardiner, 24, who works at Strathclyde Business Park, is in training to take part in the...
A poem about his dad’s old car has landed youngster Sean O’Neill with the title of poetry champion. The primary six pupil, from Motherwell, was named champion in the Reigart Poetry Partnership contest, in which more than 1,000 youngsters from across...
A litter of 10 puppies that were struggling to survive have been given all the help they need. The puppies, who were found cold and starving after their birth on Christmas Day, are being looked after by a string of volunteers...
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