Since moving up to Scotland in 1994 we have been many times over the years to Almond Valley Heritage Museum as kids. We actually call it Mill Farm and have never called it Almond Valley Heritage Museum but Ill call it Almond Valley so you don’t get confused! We think it is a great day out if your looking for something to do and not wanting to travel too far (although that does depend on where you are coming from)
Almond Valley Heritage Museum
Almond Valley is open nearly all year round (it is only closed 2 days over Christmas and 2 days over New Year), during the peak season it can get extremely busy so make sure you bring your earplugs ha! Ticket prices can be found on their website but when we last visited it was £6.50 for an adult and children 3 and over were £5.00
There is a good number of car park spaces available and they also have an overflow car park for busy days. There is no charge for parking which is even better.
Inside Almond Valley
Since we first started going, Almond Valley has expanded a great deal, you can view a map on their website, which you can see just how big the site is and everything there is to do. Our kids love the farm section with all the animals (rabbits, guinea pigs and also the bigger animals including pigs, goats, horses and not forgetting the cows) and also the trampolines (although I think most kids love trampolines don’t they?!) We also had a good go on the go karts which we all loved….so much so that when we needed to leave our eldest had a tantrum as he wanted to stay! Inside the building where you buy your tickets you can also find the Scottish Shale Oil Museum. Our boys had a great time exploring and seeing all the animals. It is a great place to visit and for the kids to let off some steam.
Food & Drinks
There is a cafe onsite called Morag’s Milk Bar named after Morag the Highland Cow. It is a lot bigger than what it was the last time we visited. You can find a great selection of things to eat including toasties, baked potatoes, homemade soup and more. There are also cakes and sweets available. If you have any special dietary needs head onto their website and download their allergen information. This has got to be the best information I have seen for dietary needs. Most the places we visit don’t have any information available for you. They were also more than happy to make up a ham sandwich with no butter for our youngest son who is dairy intolerant. There are also various picnic areas if you didn’t want to eat in the cafe.
Almond Valley is such a great day out, your kids will enjoy the wide range of things to do. If the weather isn’t too good they also have indoor play areas/soft play that you can pay to get into. We would definitely recommend taking a visit and exploring the whole place. Our eldest son loves the tractor ride which runs from Easter to September.
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