We're open every day of the year from 10am until 5pm except for 25th & 26th December, 1st & 2nd January.
Standard on-the-door charges are:
- Adults £11.00
- Senior (state pension age) £10.00
- Children (aged 2-15) £9.00
Unaccompanied children are not admitted
Equality of Access
We welcome all, and do everything practical to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of Almond Valley
We do not offer a concessionary rate of admission charge to those with disabilities, and do not offer automatic free admission to carers. We are however delighted to make necessary adjustments to ensure an equality of access
Consequently we are happy to offer free admission to an accompanying carer, if the person with disabilities would be unable to visit without this active personal support.
This likely to be reflected by
- Qualification for the higher or middle rate of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
- Qualification for the higher or middle rate of the care component of Child Disability Payment
Please bring relevant proof of entitlement such as an Access Card with ‘+1’ symbol, a ‘plus one’ travel card or letter from Disability Living Allowance, as this will be asked for on arrival.
Soft play sessions, costing £2 per child, last an hour and run from 10.00 to 11.00, 11.10 to 12.10, 12.20 to 13.20, 13.30 to 14.30, 14.40 to 15.40, 15.50 to 16.50. Children must be age 8 or less, and you can only access soft play if visiting the full Almond Valley site.
How to Find Us
Our postal address is: Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7AR
We're just two miles from junction 3 of the M8, the main Edinburgh to Glasgow motorway. Just follow the brown tourist signs for “Almond Valley Heritage Centre”.
There are a limited number of blue badge parking spaces at the entrance to the main building, and there is level access into the main reception building through doors that are 900mm wide. All other buildings on site are on a single level and are fully accessible, other than a small cellar in the watermill, most of which can be viewed from outside. There are no steps in any of the main circulation routes around the site, although there is a modest slope in front of the mill buildings. All pathways are hard surfaced, or have a rolled-stone finish.
There are toilet cubicles with wide entrances and rails in the main farm toilets, and accessible unisex toilets in the tearoom, the threshing barn, and the soft play area.
Play facilities cater for all abilities, but include some active play equipment, such as swings and slides, that are particularly suited for those with impaired mobility. Some areas can get noisy and boisterous on busy days, but there are always quiet places throughout our large site that are calmer and less complicated.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Are dogs allowed on site?
Sorry - for the safety of our livestock, and the comfort of other visitors, dogs are not permitted on site. Assistance dogs that are accompanying a disabled person are welcome. We kindly suggest that assistance dogs wear a harness or jacket so that their purpose is instantly recognisable.
Is there free car parking?
Yes, we’ve a good number of surfaced parking bays, and at busy times there's ample parking in our overflow field.
Can children visit without being accompanied by an adult?
Sorry, No. We strictly enforce our policy not to admit unaccompanied children (anyone aged under 16 years old). In this way we ensure that all children at Almond Valley remain under the care and control of an adult, ensuring they don’t do anything silly that might harm themselves or endanger other visitors.
Will train and tractor rides be running?
These seasonal attractions, which are subject to an additional charge, operated at busy periods only. Please see the play and rides page for a full timetable.
Are any attractions weather dependent?
The bouncy cow, the nutty bouncer, and some other play features will not be available if wet, windy or icy weather makes them dangerous to use.
Are children’s bikes and scooters allowed on site?
We’d prefer not (following various collisions in the busier areas of the site). Bikes can be left at the rack outside the main building – we can lend you a lock if you’ve forgotten one.
Do you have a tearoom?
Yes.... Morag's milk bar serve a taste range of snacks and light meals (find out more), and there are also catering kiosks at busy times.
Can we bring a picnic?
By all means. There's a good range of picnic tables around the site, along with covered picnic space in the Orchard Barn and on the sheltered terrace, but sorry, we've no facilities for barbeques. Picnics are NOT permitted in the tearoom.
Can we feed the animals?
Sorry NO. Our animals enjoy carefully balanced diets and it is not good for them to snack between meals. There are special dispensers (which take 20p pieces) to allow you to feed the ducks and geese.
Do you accept card payments?
Absolutely. We have card terminals at reception and in the tearoom that accept Visa and Mastercard, ApplePay and GooglePay, but not American Express. It's best to bring a little loose change for rides and duck feeding !