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New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark, ML11 9DB

01555 661 345

  • Granted World Heritage Site status in 2001
  • Attracts around 400,000 visitors every year
  • Great views from rooftop garden
  • Hosts a wide range of events
  • Popular Hotel
  • Local landmark

New Lanark is a World Heritage Site featuring a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde.

Founded by David Dale in 1785, the village became famous as a model industrial community under the enlightened management of Dale's son-in-law, Robert Owen, from 1800-1825. Owen transformed life in New Lanark with ideas and opportunities which were at least 100 years ahead of their time.

Child labour and corporal punishment were abolished and villagers were provided with decent homes, schools and evening classes, free health care and affordable food. You can discover everything about Robert Owen's life and work during your visit.

The fascinating history of the village is brought back to life in an award-winning Visitor Centre, where you can explore all the attractions with a passport ticket.

One highlight of your visit will be the fascinating 'Annie McLeod Experience' ride, where the ghost of a mill girl appears and takes you on a journey.

The New Lanark Mill Hotel also offers a unique opportunity to stay in the heart of the World Heritage Site, on the banks of the River Clyde.

New Lanark is still a living community and the village is in the care of an independent charity. Profits from the hotel and visitor attraction help the Trust continue to restore and maintain the historic village.

Visitor Centre

Discover the fascinating history of the cotton mill village of New Lanark and the life and times of mill manager and social pioneer Robert Owen in the award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre, open daily from 10am - 5pm during April to October and 10am - 4pm during November to March.

As you explore the village it is easy to imagine how people lived and worked in Owen's time and you can experience all the New Lanark attractions and exhibition areas in New Lanark Visitor Centre with just one passport ticket.
A highlight of any visit is the fascinating 'Annie McLeod Experience' ride, which features the ghost of mill girl Annie who magically appears and takes you on a journey back in time to 1820.

The New Lanark Roof Garden – A Garden in the Sky

Be inspired by the design and amazed at the stunning views from this unique Roof Garden. Created on 9,000 square feet of roof of the A-Listed mill building in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site, the Roof Garden is the largest of its kind in Scotland.

The Roof Garden is one of the highlights of a visit to the award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre. Visitors can view this amazing garden year-round and enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the surrounding natural scenery and the historic village, which is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde.

Imaginatively designed, the garden contains decorative planting with over 70 different plants and shrubs, a central water feature and sculptures. The innovative design won a Commendation at the Scottish Design Awards 2009.

The decision to develop a garden on the roof of Mill No.2 was influenced to a large extent by the views of Robert Owen, who owned and managed the New Lanark cotton-mills from 1800 until 1825. He believed strongly in the importance of the environment and natural history and argued that a pleasant environment was essential for happy, healthy communities. “They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach.” - Robert Owen, 1817.

Health and Fitness

The facilities at New Lanark Health and Fitness Club include a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and a health and fitness studio with a full range of gym equipment. Whether you want to shape-up and improve your fitness level or simply relax and unwind, this superb facility is right for you. Guests staying at New Lanark Mill Hotel can enjoy complimentary use of these facilities - ideal if you're looking for a relaxing leisure break.

Club Facilities

Gym: cardio vascular and resistance gym (including equipment for wheelchair users) with free weights area and stretch area. Wet Area: swimming pool (16 metres) with a bubble pool, sauna and steam room.

Fitness Classes: throughout the week members can take part in a wide selection of classes including Aqua Fit, Fitness Yoga, Pilates, Yogalates, Spinning, Kettlebells, Powerhoops and more.
Additional: Beauty Room, fitness studio, coffee shop, complimentary toiletries and towel usage, changing rooms (male/female and communal).