Planning Your Visit to Coatbridge
Coatbridge History and Landmarks
Coatbridge is a town situated in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The founding of Coatbridge dates back to the 12th century when King Malcolm IV granted a Royal Charter to the Monks of Newbattle Abbey. This town, along with its neighboring town of Airdrie, makes up the area referred to as the Monklands. Several conservation areas such as Blairhill and Dunbeth are situated within Coatbridge along with extensive woodlands, a visitor center and a butterfly house. Many beautiful, historic churches are located within the town such as St. Augustine’s Church (built in 1873), St. Andrew’s Church (built in 1839) and St. Mary’s church (built in 1896).
Getting to Coatbridge
Coatbridge is located within the Central Lowlands of Scotland approximately 10 miles east of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, a short 20-minute train ride. The train ride to Edinburgh from Coatbridge is less than one hour. The nearest major airport is Glasgow International Airport (GLA), only about 20 minutes from the center of Coatbridge. Edinburgh Airport as well as Glasgow Preswick airport are also nearby, so visitors should have no problem arriving in Coatbridge.
When to Visit
The climate of Coatbridge is rather chilly year-round, but its highest temperatures occur throughout July and August ranging from 13-17⁰C (55-63⁰F). The rainiest month, by far is September with June coming in second place.
The local football team of Coatbridge is the Albion Rovers ( http://albionroversfc.com/ ) who play their home games in Cliftonhill. The team, fondly known as the “Wee Rovers,” was created in 1882 when 2 Coatbridge clubs, Rovers and Albion, combined to form one foundation. Their greatest success was in 1920 when they played in the finals for the Scottish Cup. Also, there are two golf courses situated in the town including Drumpellier Country Park and the private member’s club Drumpellier Golf Course 9 http://www.drumpelliergolf.co.uk/ ).
Attractions for the Family
Though Coatbridge may not, at first glance, appear to be a location for group holiday, many of Scotland’s best tourist attractions reside nearby. For example, ManD’s Scotland’s Theme Park is only 4 miles from Coatbridge and boasts an enormous selection of rides and attractions. Scotland’s largest indoor rainforest attraction, Amazonia, is also situated only 4 miles from the town and offers a fun and educational experience for everyone. Visitors are even given the chance to participate in the daily animal handling. A mere 5 miles away, David Livingstone Center, a child-friendly museum, awaits the arrival of you and your children equipped with hands-on exhibits focused around David Livingston’s African adventures! Within Coatbridge itself, families can visit The Time Capsule along with The Time Capsule Ice, an indoor waterpark and an ice skating arena where visitors can swim with the penguins.
Some of the top-rated restaurants in Coatbridge include Crown Jewel, The Mint and Shimla Cottage. If you’re interested in a night on the town, the town’s top clubs/bars are Elements, Arriba Night Club and Pulse Night Club.