The World Heritage village of New Lanark is an 18th century planned industrial village located on the floor of the River Clyde gorge near the Clyde Falls. It was the brainchild of Robert Owen, mill owner and social pioneer. He provided good homes, schools, health care, and affordable food for his workers.
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Among the attractions at the site are a restored millworker’s house, a typical village store, an exhibition on textile machinery, and Robert Owen’s house. The store first opened in 1813, but the present interior represents 1920. The millworker’s house shows how people lived in the 1930s; another shows an 1820s home.
Owen’s Warehouse is a large themed area within an original cotton mill and sells knitwear and gifts. In the visitor centre is a Disney type ride that brings the sounds and sights of the village in the 1820s to life. A classroom portrays schools of the times.
A roof garden is set on top of one of the mills. It has over 70 different plants and shrubs, a central water feature, and sculptures.
There are walks to and within the Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve set in 100 acres of woodlands. Rangers lead walks in the area, and a visitor centre gives the details of the area.
A Scottish Youth Hostel is on the premises. A hotel and self-catering facilities are also on site.
New Lanark, South Lanarkshire
On the A73/ A743/706; signposted
Tel. 0 1559 665 738
Open: daily, April-Sep, 10.30am-5pm; Oct-March, 11am-5pm
Picnic area; play area; trails; five shops; restaurant; parking; special events
Web: New Lanark
Web: New Lanark Roof Garden
New Lanark Youth Hostel
Wee Row, New Lanark
Tel. 0 1555 666 710