New Lanark Cotton Mill Village
New Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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"A World Heritage Site"
Lanark is a restored cotton mill village, founded in 1785, close to the
Clyde. Once Britain’s largest cotton manufacturing
centre, the village rose to fame as a model
community under the enlightened management of Robert
Although life in the cotton mills
was never easy, Owen ensured that everyone had access to
good living conditions, free education
and health care, and were able to buy goods at reasonable
prices in the Village Store.
It is an Anchor Point of ERIH - The
European Route of Industrial Heritage.
The Clyde Walkway, long distance footpath,
passes through the village.
Today, as you wander around New Lanark and the surrounding Wildlife
Reserve, it is easy to
imagine what life must have been like back in Owen’s
time. You can explore the fascinating
history of the village.
The highlight for most is a magical chair ride called the
‘New Millennium Experience’,
which encourages us to consider some of Robert Owen’s
ideas to make a better future, which he
pioneered in New Lanark. Guided by Harmony from the year
2200, travel back in time to
discover what life was like in New Lanark in the 1820s,
before disobeying the rules of time travel
and taking a tantalizing look into the future!
has changed over the
last few years
with the addition of
many features including
Robert Owen’s School,
also now you can
step inside New Lanark’s spirit world
the state-of-the-art ‘LEAP’ theatre and see
paints an intimate portrait of life in the cotton mill
village in 1820, through the eyes of a 10 year
girl, Annie McLeod. Using special 3D effects, the ghost of
Annie magically appears life-size
on stage! Other exhibitions in the School include a historic
classroom, where kids can dress
up in costume from Annie’s time, an exhibition on the
restoration of New Lanark, and an
interactive sound and light gallery.
This year a viewing position and roof
garden has been added. Offering views over the village.
You can visit the school, village store, mill
workers and Robert Owens house, and even take home some of the yarn produced on
the 19th century working textile machinery you will see.
A Visitor Centre Passport Ticket gives you
access to a whole range of exhibitions and buildings, you can cover them all
on one visit or come back and complete them later (no time limit). The
Roof Garden & Viewing Platform
New Millennium Experience
Robert Owen's School for Children
Robert Owen's House
Working Textile Machinery/People &
A hotel and self careering accommodation and a
youth hostel are also on the site, as are some shops.
New Lanark is the gateway to the
of Clyde Wildlife Reserve,
with 3 or 4 waterfalls nearby and over
100 types of birds.
Location: New Lanark Cotton Mill Village,
Grid Reference: NS880425
Getting there: New Lanark, is less
than an hour’s drive from Glasgow (25 miles/40 kms) or Edinburgh (35
miles/56 Kms) and is well sign-posted from all major routes.
Downloadable PDF brochure
Other Useful Websites:
Wikipedia article on Robert
Wikipedia article on New
gives information on the history of the village and people, a house by house
description of the village and has a large number of photographs. Plus other
Lanark World Heritage Site,
South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Postcode: ML11 9DB
Telephone: 01555 661345
Opening Times: open every day from 11am-5pm
Sept to May, 10.30am-5pm June to August, closed 25 December and 1
Charges: Passport (see description in the text
Adults £6.95; Child (4+), Senior Citizens, &
Students £5.95; Family of 4
(2 Adults & 2 Children) £21.95; Family of 6
(2 Adults & 4 Children)
Clyde Wildlife Reserve
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