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About New Lanark World Heritage Site
New Lanark World Heritage Site is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde and only around an hour's drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Attractions in the village include the New Lanark Mill Hotel and New Lanark Visitor Centre, one of Scotland's top attractions, welcoming around 350,000 visitors every year from all over the world.
The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century.
New Lanark quickly became known under the enlightened management of social pioneer, Robert Owen. He provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care, a new education system for villagers and the first workplace nursery school in the world! Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark has been beautifully restored as a living community, which welcomes visitors from all over the world. Travel back in time on the Annie Mcleod Experience dark ride which features mill girl Annie who magically appears and reveals the amazing story of her life and times in New Lanark in 1820.
Attractions at New Lanark
Explore the many attractions and exhibition areas of New Lanark Visitor Centre with a passport ticket. Highlights include:
• Annie McLeod Experience' ride which takes you back in time
• Roof Garden
• Robert Owen's School for Children
• Millworkers' House in 1820s and 1930s
• Robert Owen's House
• Village Store
• Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton
In addition to our permanent visitor attractions, we also offer an exciting range of temporary exhibitions, events and talks throughout the year.
New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers or even see the rare peregrine falcons. You can also enjoy the outdoors at New Lanark in our new Clearburn Play and Picnic Area.
Eating at New Lanark
Sample the delicious fare in our family friendly Mill Café, which serves a range of lunches, light refreshments, home-baking and Fair Trade tea and coffee. Open daily 9am - 5.30pm*. (Sundays 10am - 5pm) You can also dine in the New Lanark Mill Hotel's Mill One Restaurant or Bar & Lounge. *Seasonal variations may apply.
Shopping at New Lanark
The New Lanark Mill Shop offer a superb range of contemporary gifts, books & Scottish produce. Taking centre stage is New Lanark Wool & Textiles which includes yarn produced on site, knitting kits and a selection of textiles. We are also joined by Brooks Menswear, a local company offering stylish gents fashions. Open daily 9am-5.30pm*. (Sundays 10am - 5pm) *Seasonal variations may apply.
Staying at New Lanark
Stay overnight in New Lanark Mill Hotel and enjoy the peaceful riverside setting of this beautifully restored 18 century cotton mill. Guests can also make use of the excellent leisure facilities. Open to non-residents for a delicious lunch, early supper or dinner prepared using the finest local produce. Further accommodation options available include the comfortable and spacious self-catering Waterhouses, and the New Lanark Youth Hostel (operated by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association).