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  • 1. History

    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.

  • 2. Now

    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 more1992. The huge site is now being redeveloped and is expected to include housing, business and industrial space, and a new town centre. Read less

  • 3. Events

    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 morehclyde Park. The finishing line is in New Lanark. The Great Scottish Swim takes place at Strathclyde Country Park in August and involves thousands of competitors taking part in one-mile, two-mile and half-mile swims in the loch. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    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 in Motherwell, contains an exhibition area, with a year-round programme of displays about the area's heritage, as well as contemporary art and crafts. There is also a viewing platform on the fifth floor. Read less

  • 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 moreose games hall and fitness areas. Read less

  • 6. Business

    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.

  • 7. Transport

    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 moreest of the region. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    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 moreScotland, David I. Read less


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