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.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Anne McLeod Experience RideRoof GardenNew Lanark Village StoreSchool for Children ExhibitsMillworkers HouseRobert Owen's HouseExhibition GalleryVisitor Attraction Reception DeskNew Lanark Mill Hotel Bar & LoungeInstitute toiletMill Café toiletRobert Owen's School ToiletNew Lanark Mill CaféNew Lanark Mill Hotel RestaurantDining TableNew Lanark Mill ShopNew Lanark Mill Hotel Accessible BedroomsNew Lanark Leisure SuiteRobert Owen's Gardens
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
2 every hour (1 every hour on Sundays) from Glasgow Central or Motherwell to Lanark railway station (1.5 miles/2.5 km from New Lanark). Local buses and taxis at the bus stance, adjacent to Lanark Railway station and Lanark Visit Scotland Information Centre. For local bus times contact Stuart's Coaches, tel: 01555 773533
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Mill 3 Lift
Robert Owen's School Lift
New Lanark Mill Hotel Lift (Reception)
New Lanark Mill Hotel Lift (Bar)
Ticket/ information desk
Visitor Attraction Reception Desk
Anne McLeod Experience Ride
In the Annie McLeod Experience you sit in motorised 'pods' which lead you around the ride. Travel back in time on the Annie McLeod Experience Ride! Enter the spirit world of New Lanark and be taken on a fascinating journey of discovery by the ghost of mill worker Annie McLeod who tells her story of life in New Lanark in 1820. Commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish & Japenese. Induction loop facility also available.
Be inspired by the design and amazed at the stunning views of our unique Roof Garden. Created on the 9,000 square feet of roof on one of our mill buildings, our Roof Garden is the largest of its kind in Scotland and is one of the highlights of our Visitor Centre. The garden is open to visitors all year round and is the perfect location to enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye view of the surrounding natural scenery and the historic village.
New Lanark Village Store
The New Lanark Village Store was established by Robert Owen in 1813, selling quality goods at cheap prices and giving customers value for money. The Village Store today offers visitors the chance to find out about shopping in the past, the development of the Co-Operative movement and Fair Trade. You can also treat yourself to some delicious New Lanark Ice Cream!
School for Children Exhibits
Robert Owen made clear that the prime vehicle for social reform was education. Whilst at New Lanark, he created the first Infant School in the world, complete with a comprehensive education system for children. Visit our Historic Classroom and discover what it was like to go to school in Robert Owen's time. Children can enjoy dressing up as schoolchildren from Annie McLeod's time!
See how the villagers of New Lanark lived by exploring our Millworkers’ Houses. The reconstruction of an 1820s Millworkers’ Home shows what housing would have been like in New Lanark just before Victorian times, with ‘hurly beds’, company dressers and often 10 or more people to a room! The 1930s Millworkers’ House by contrast shows what housing would have been like just after Victorian times, a period still within living memory.
Robert Owen's House
You can also explore mill manager Robert Owen’s House – the only house in New Lanark to have more rooms in it than people! See Owen’s original desk, the books from the New Lanark Reading Room and the elegant furniture of Mrs Owen’s sitting room.
The Exhibition Gallery is located on the ground floor of Mill 3 at New Lanark. The Reception Desk has a lower section at a height of 76cm. The entrance to the Exhibition Gallery includes two large glass doors which are currently manually operated. The Exhibition Gallery will host an annual programme of touring exhibitions.
New Lanark Mill Hotel Bar & Lounge
Mill Café toilet
Robert Owen's School Toilet
New Lanark Mill Shop
Place to eat and drink
New Lanark Mill Café
Place to eat and drink
New Lanark Mill Hotel Restaurant
New Lanark Mill Hotel Accessible Bedrooms
The New Lanark Mill Hotel has 4 Accessible Bedrooms which feature fully accessible wetrooms and an Emergency Alert Alarm System. There is one Family Accessible Room (double bed + single bed) and three Double Accessible Rooms.
New Lanark Leisure Suite
New Lanark Health & Fitness has a range of facilities for accessible users. The pool can be accessed by a Poolside Chair Hoist and there is a dedicated accessible Wet Room changing facility. The gym features two adaptable machines and a range of other equipment including free weights.
Getting around outside
Robert Owen's Gardens
Designated Walking Trail
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve
The fast rush of water. The crack of branches. The call of birds. Fall in love with the 'great outdoors' all over again by visiting the Falls of Clyde at New Lanark. These magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde have been impressing visitors for centuries - from Wordsworth to Coleridge, and J. M. W. Turner to Sir Walter Scott. The four linn (Scots: waterfalls) compromise of the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet. Bonnington Linn (fall of 30 feet), Corra Linn and Dundaff Linn (fall of 10 feet) are above New Lanark and located within the Falls of Clyde Reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, a national nature conservation charity. Stonebyres Linn is located several miles downstream from the reserve and New Lanark.
Visitors can enjoy walks within the native woodlands, spotting wildlife and wondering at the flora & fauna all around them. Look our for kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers!
Dundaff Linn can be seen from the far end of New Lanark village. From there it is around a 20-30 minute walk along the river boardwalk until you arrive at Corra Linn. It is then another 20-30 minutes before you arrive at Bonnington Linn. (in total this route is 3 miles)
Clearburn Play and Picnic Area
In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.
Customer care support
New Lanark Visitor Centre welcomes everyone. However, the location of the village in a steep-sided valley beside the Falls of Clyde, though picturesque, is not ideal terrain for wheelchair-users and visitors with mobility needs. The village has been made as wheelchair-friendly as possible; however please download our mobility needs information guide to help you plan your visit. Alternatively, call us on 01555 661345 for more information.
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support