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Explore a steely past in Lanarkshire

Lying 9 miles east of Glasgow, Coatbridge is a proud town with a rich industrial heritage. In the 19th century it was a major producer of iron and steel. Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, which was built on the site of the former Summerlee Ironworks, provides an insight into the town’s past. It’s free to visit and includes an electric Edwardian tram, canal barge, underground mine and working machinery.

Make a splash in the Time Capsule

Families and friends can have a host of fun at this above average leisure facility. Ride the twisting flumes of the Storm Chasers or Tornado Tantrum, where four people can travel together. Then test your endurance in the Tsunami wave pool. As well as the water park with 25m pool, you’ll also find a games hall and an ice rink where you can show off your skating skills - or cling to the side for dear life if you’re a novice.

Relax in Drumpellier Country Park

Bask in the great outdoors in this sprawling park. It features two natural lochs, nature trails, a visitor centre, butterfly house and adventure playground. In summer, you can hire a boat and 'dine' al fresco in one of the many picnic areas. Planning a trip to Coatbridge? Nearby Travelodge Glasgow Cumbernauld offers peace and tranquillity, while the Travelodge Glasgow Queen Street Hotel is in the heart of the city if you want to be close to the action.