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Motherwell is a town and former burgh in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Panorama over the West Coast Main Line running through Motherwell


Despite not being the largest town in North Lanarkshire by population, Motherwell serves as the headquarters for North Lanarkshire Council, which is one of Scotland's most populous local authority areas. The name Motherwell originates from an ancient religious well, the site now marked by a plaque on Ladywell Road. The name 'Moderwelt' appears on a map constructed by Timothy Port between 1583 and 1611, though at the time, it was only a hamlet.

Motherwell is also famous for its reputation as a steel production town, so much so that the town is given the nickname 'Steelopolis'. This is because of the nearby Ravenscraig Steelworks, which operated from 1954 until it was closed for good in 1992. Demolition and clean-up started in 1996 and remained as a brownfield site now being transformed into the nearby new settlement of Ravenscraig. The other steel plants in the town, at Dalzell and Clydebridge, remain open.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

Motherwell has connections to the main central Scotland road network. The M74 from Carlisle to Glasgow appears at the south of the town, whilst the M8 from the two main Scottish settlements, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is approximately 3 mi (4.8 km) away to the north, easily accessible by the A723, which travels from the town the Chapelhall, passing the M8 along the way.

By bus[edit]

Motherwell is very easily accessible by bus, as many bus operators, mainly First Glasgow, travel through the town. First Glasgow regularly runs buses to settlements such as Airdrie, Coatbridge, East Kilbride, Glasgow, Hamilton and Lanark. Several other operators, such as Whitelaws and JMB Travel, regularly run coaches to nearby towns and villages. The three acute hospitals in Lanarkshire; Hairmyres, Monklands and Wishaw General, are easily accessible by bus. The busiest bus stops in the town are in or around Motherwell Town Centre.

By rail[edit]

Motherwell railway station looking from the south.

Motherwell has two railway stations; the main station, known as Motherwell, on Muir Street in the town centre, and Airbles Station on Airbles road. Motherwell station is considered one of the main railway stations in Scotland, as it lies on the West Coast Main Line running from Glasgow to London, via large cities such as Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne. Many national train operators, such as Virgin Trains, LNER, Cross Country and TransPennine Express, travel through the station, but not all will stop at this station. This station has 4 platforms, safe pedestrian walking over the railway lines, disabled access and on-screen arrivals and departures.

The smaller station is Airbles station, running on the Lanark to Dalmuir line via Hamilton Central and Glasgow Central Low Level. Connecting with the main station, this station is by far the least busiest of the two town railway stations, with trains ran by Scotrail stopping there.


Motherwell is situated in the Central belt of Scotland, with easy motorway access to the two main airports. Motherwell lies approximately 16 mi (26 km) away from Glasgow Airport and 31 mi (50 km) away from Edinburgh Airport. Glasgow Airport can be easily accessed by the M74 which connects onto the M8 for the duration of the journey. Edinburgh Airport can be accessed via the M8.

Get around[edit]

There are several pedestrianised areas and underpasses within Motherwell Town Centre, which can be useful for access to some of the main shopping streets and areas, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities in the centre, as well as bus shelters, taxi ranks and the main railway station. Plenty of parking areas based within the town centre are available for those people who travel by car. There is also the Greenlink Cyclepath, a walkway and cyclepath giving access from the town centre to the nearby Strathclyde Country Park. In future, this may extend into the new Ravenscraig settlement.


Strathclyde Loch, looking north.

With Motherwell being situated within a highly populated area of Scotland, and being the largest settlement Glasgow, there is provision for the many people that are based in or within the town.

  • 1 Strathclyde Country Park. The former mining village of Bothwellhaugh, much of this settlement has been drowned and replaced by a large loch with surrounding country to make Strathclyde Country Park. Amenities include a camping and caravaning site, watersports centre and M&D's, Scotland's Theme Park. Strathclyde Country Park (Q7622040) on Wikidata Strathclyde Country Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Motherwell Cathedral, 31 Coursington Rd, ML1 1PP, +44 1698 263045. Also known as Motherwell Cathedral, this early 20th century building is a place to come and worship, pray and grow in faith in Christ. Motherwell Cathedral (Q2942264) on Wikidata Motherwell Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 3 North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell Heritage Centre, High Road, ML1 3HU, +44 1698 274590. M-a 9:30AM-4:30PM. Formerly Motherwell heritage centre, this is a four-star centre that is the main repository for archives and records for the whole of North Lanarkshire. Free. North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre (Q7055906) on Wikidata North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre on Wikipedia
  • 4 Motherwell Civic Centre and Concert Hall, Civic Centre, Motherwell, ML1 1AB, +44 1698 403120. This is the main headquarters of North Lanarkshire Council and is the venue for annual concerts, ceremonies, plays and pantomimes.
  • 5 Dalzell Estate & Baron's Haugh. dawn to dusk. A designed landscape around Dalzell House (which is private flats), wetlands and woodlands providing a nature reserve. The estate is managed by North Lanarkshire council and Baron's Haugh by the RSPB. Dalzell House (Q2969113) on Wikidata Dalzell House on Wikipedia


The East Stand at Fir Park Stadium.
  • Watch football ie soccer at 1 Motherwell FC, Fir Park Stadium, Fir Park St, Motherwell ML1 2QN, +44 1698 333333, fax: +44 1698 338001. They play in the Scottish Premiership, the top tier of Scottish football. The stadium, capacity 13,000, is a mile southeast of town centre off A721 Windmillhill St.
  • 2 M&D's Theme Park, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, ML1 3RT, +44 1698 333777, fax: +44 1698 303034. This is Scotland's theme park, consisting of theme park, ten-pin bowling, crazy golf, amusement arcade and a large number of restaurants. M&D's (Q6711809) on Wikidata M&D's on Wikipedia
  • 3 Aquatec Leisure Centre, 1 Menteith Road, ML1 1AZ, +44 1698 332828. The leisure centre of Motherwell, consisting of leisure pool, large gymnasium, dance studios and health suite.
  • 4 Rainforest Adventure, 517 Windmillhill Street, ML1 2UD, +44 1698 250294. Kids' soft play-area at the former Texstyle World store.


Shopping centres

The Centre on a typical Saturday.
  • 1 Brandon Shopping Centre, The Brandon Shopping Centre, Brandon Parade South, ML1 1RB, +44 1698 265608. Brandon Shopping Centre is the main shopping district of Motherwell Town Centre. It is a pedestrianised outdoor centre. Based within the centre are a mixture of international and independent retailers, restaurants and cafes. There are underpasses spread about the centre that can give easy access to other parts of the centre, such as neighbouring supermarkets Asda and Aldi. There are free public toilets based within the centre, bus shelters, and taxi ranks, and it is within walking distance of Motherwell railway station. There is also large car-parking areas surrounding the centre. free car-parking.


Italian restaurants[edit]

Chinese restaurants[edit]

  • 3 The Mandarin, 70 Hamilton Road, +44 1698 268844.
  • 4 Hup Lee Buffet Restaurant, 131 Merry Street, +44 1698 253313.
  • 5 Gourmet House, 85 Manse Road, +44 1698 254500.

Indian restaurants[edit]

  • 6 Spicy Nights, 467 Merry Street, +44 1698 260734.
  • 7 The Indian Villa, Windmillhill Street, +44 1698 254851.

Carvery restaurants[edit]

  • 8 Toby Carvery, Strathclyde Country Park, +44 1698 854715.

Fast food[edit]



Stay safe[edit]

Motherwell is generally a safe area, but there are some rundown areas such as Forgewood and Carfin. If you need to go to those areas, a taxi or a ride in the car would be the safest form of travel. Motherwell does have a number of high-rise flats but these are generally in safe areas.

In the town centre, crime is limited to drunken behaviour, as there is a large police presence within that area, plus a large number of CCTV camera's. As Motherwell is generally a popular night hotspot, most of the pubs, particularly larger ones, will have security guards located inside and out, so that trouble is kept to a minimum.

In the event of an emergency in Motherwell, the nearest police station is:

  • 6 Motherwell Police Office, 217 Windmillhill Street, ML1 1RZ, 101.

Stay healthy[edit]

  • 7 Motherwell Health Centre, 138-144 Windmillhill Street, ML1 1TB, +44 1698 242610.
  • 8 Wishaw General Hospital, 50 Netherton Street, Wishaw, ML2 0DP, +44 1698 361100. Wishaw General Hospital is the closest hospital to Motherwell with an A&E available. It is approximately 2 miles away from the town.


Free unrestricted wifi spots are located at both the Brandon Works on Merry Street and at the McDonalds restaurant in Brandon Street. For use of public internet facilities, the nearest library is:

  • 9 Motherwell Library, 35 Hamilton Road, ML1 3BZ, +44 1698 332626.

Go next[edit]

  • Scotland's two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, are easily accessible by train or by road, with dual carriageway leading to both cities.
  • Hamilton
  • Carluke
Routes through Motherwell
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