The village of New Lanark still contains the original mill and workers buildings of the world-famous mill owner Robert Owen. The area is widely regarded as a truly breathtaking beauty spot with breathtaking scenery.
This unique 18th century cotton mill village has been carefully restored as a living community, and is now an official UNESCO World Heritage Site with an award-winning Visitor Centre and Hotel.
New Lanark provides an enthralling day out in Lanarkshire for all the family and they will learn and experience along the way.
You can explore all the award-winning attractions in the historic village with one passport ticket. Highlights include the Annie McLeod Experience dark ride, which features the ghost of mill girl Annie who reveals the amazing story of the life and times in New Lanark in the 1820's, and the Harmony in the Future film theatre show offers a memorable journey of discovery into the future.
This film highlights the issues that were important to Robert Owen, which are still relevant today and to future generations. Make sure you visit the award winning roof garden and viewing platform on top of Mill 2 for the truly breathtaking views. Other attractions include the restored Millworkers' House, Robert Owen's House, 1930s period store, working textile machinery, the Historic Classroom and Saving New Lanark exhibition, as well as a new interactive play area for children.
Snacks and light meals are available in the Mill Pantry, or the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel is nearby for something more substantial.
There's plenty of shopping to be done in the Gift Shop and Owen's Warehouse, one of the largest Edinburgh Woollen Mill stores in Scotland.
New Lanark is easy to find, and is less than an hour's drive from Edinburgh (A70) and Glasgow (M74/A72). The village is surrounded by native woodlands - now protected as the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve.
Here you can enjoy a gentle riverside walk and see the spectacular Corra Linn waterfall, where the Clyde falls over 30 metres to the valley floor.
Brief History of New Lanark
The New Lanark cotton mills were founded in 1786 by David Dale. He sold the mills and the village to a partnership including his son in law Robert Owen, who became the manager of the mill in 1800.
Robert Owen shared his father in law's philanthropic approach and interest in social reform (Utopian socialism)
The growth of the village was an example of the 18th and 19th century developments which formed the industrial revolution. The way the town was laid out, considering the workers accommodation, and education and other social needs was influential in the development of urban planning.