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.
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 & CottonNew 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.
New Lanark is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde where you will find the Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, woodland walks through breathtaking scenery, stunning waterfalls and the Clyde Walkway. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers or even see the rare peregrine falcons.
Sample the delicious fare in our family friendly Mill Pantry coffee shop, which serves a range of lunches, light refreshments, home-baking and Fair Trade tea and coffee. Open daily 10am - 5pm.
Browse around the gift shop, which stocks a wide selection of books, gift and craft items including New Lanark's own superb range of quality knitting yarn, traditionally spun on a 19th century spinning mule. The large Edinburgh Woollen Mill store offers a wonderful selection of traditional and contemporary knitwear, cashmere, High Street fashion, accessories, food and gifts, country classics, golf clothing and equipment and much more.
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).