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New Lanark Cotton Mill Village

New Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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"A World Heritage Site"

New Lanark is a restored cotton mill village, founded in 1785, close to the Falls of Clyde. Once Britain’s largest cotton manufacturing centre, the village rose to fame as a model community under the enlightened management of Robert Owen.

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!

Much has changed over the last few years with the addition of many features including the Robert Owen’s School, also now you can step inside New Lanark’s spirit world in the state-of-the-art ‘LEAP’ theatre and see their new show 'Annie McLeod’s Story'. The show paints an intimate portrait of life in the cotton mill village in 1820, through the eyes of a 10 year old mill 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 ticket covers:-

  • Roof Garden & Viewing Platform

  • New Millennium Experience

  • Robert Owen's School for Children

  • Millworkers' House

  • Robert Owen's House

  • Village Store

  • Working Textile Machinery/People & Cotton

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 Falls of Clyde  Wildlife Reserve, with 3 or 4 waterfalls nearby and over 100 types of birds.

Location: New Lanark Cotton Mill Village, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Grid Reference: NS880425 Ceremonial County: Lanarkshire

Map Link: multimap

Aerial photo: multimap

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.

Website: own         Downloadable PDF brochure

Other Useful Websites:  wiki    images

Background information  Wikipedia article on Robert Owen

Wikipedia article on New Lanark 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 links.

Email: trust@newlanark.org
Address: New 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 January only.

Charges: Passport (see description in the text above) 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) £27.95.    Free parking.

Nearby Locations:  Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

Other Location Pages: Living History Section       List of Living History Museums

Living history museums introduction World Heritage Sites in the UK

World Heritage Sites      World Heritage Sites - Further Information



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