In Livingston, although most people reckon there is not a lot to do, it does house one of Britain's largest combined shopping complexes and also houses Europe's largest outdoor skate park.
Lets start off by finding out what people do to pass their time. People can either listen to a wide selection of local and BBC radio stations, including Radio Forth, Radio Clyde, Non-Stop Beat 106 and BBC Radios 1,2,3,4 and FiveLive. They might watch TV or go to the local cinema.
You could also go for a fun-swim in the Bubbles Swimming pool located just outside the McArthur Glen Shopping Centre. Or you could be coming to watch or become a person to watch at the Livi Skate Park or you might even go for a relaxing walk through the woodland area in Murieston.
However, most of the visitors to Livingston are out-of-towners who come to shop in the magnificent shopping complexes including the Almondvale Shopping Centre (see: Almondvale Centre), the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet (see: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet) or the Retail parks.
The Almondvale Shopping Centre was originally built in the 1970's (see: History) But in 1997 Phase 2 of the centre was built bringing yet even more shops to the community. The Almondvale houses stores such as British Home Stores (BHS) Woolworths, Scotland's first ASDA-Wal*Mart Super Centre ( and many many more. There are numerous restaurants to eat in including the BHS Cafe, The Bakers Oven, McDonalds and more. The Centre has over 250 shops including Superdrug, WHSmith, ASDA-Wal*Mart, Woolworths, GAME, Carlton Bingo, Birthdays, Mackays, Next, Poundland, JNR Station, NPower Stores, Sony, Jeanster, MVC, Dorothy Perkins & Burtons Mesnwear, Etam, Safeway, Global Video, Victoria Wine, Stationary Box, Iceland and more.
The Almondvale has free car parking facilities for over 2000 cars and is a good place to come and shop for clothes, for a gift or even to come just to browse in.
However, some people come to Livingston for the Cinema, slightly cheaper than most other cinema companies, Spean-Bridge Cinemas "Circuit-Cinema" - NOW OPERATED BY VUE CINEMAS (see: VUE Cinema) is an 8 screen multiplex with the latest in sound technology and surprisingly comfortable stationary seats (not the ones which the seat folds up and down) they also have plenty of legroom.
If you are after a bargain, then why not go for a visit to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet (See: McArthur Glen). The McArthur Glen offers from anywhere up to 50% off high street prices, also containing the Livingston VUE Cinema, and LA Fitness Centre. The McArthur Glen has hundreds of shops including: Marks & Spencer, Ben Sherman, Black & Decker, Toy World, ATHome, Gap and many more. The McArthur Glen also has several places to eat, including Pizza Express, McDonalds, Harry Ramsdens (Take Away), Cafe Nero, East-By-West and more.
If you are looking for something to eat there are many independent restaurants to meet your needs. For quick snacks or bites, the McArthur Glen & Almondvale (see: Mcarthur Glen and Almondvale) will surely meet your needs. However if you are after a business lunch or an evening meal there are a few places to go to why not check out Local Restaurants (see: Eating Out in Livingston).