So you’re thinking of visiting New Lanark World Heritage Site? With our scenic location, beautiful walks and award winning visitor centre you’ll be spoiled for choice on what to do whilst you’re here. To give you some ideas, we’ve pulled together itineraries of different durations – from a whistle-stop 1 hour visit, to a full day and overnight in the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel.
1 hour visit
If you’re just passing by and fancy visiting New Lanark you can still get a taste of why people love visiting our site. First off, take in the architecture of our buildings by walking past the Bell Tower, Robert Owen’s Garden, Institute for the Formation of Character, Mill 3 and the School for Children. Don’t forget to stop off at the waterwheel to grab an iconic photo of the Falls of Clyde! After that you can either pop into the Mill Shop or Village Store to pick up a gift or New Lanark souvenir to remind you to come back for a longer visit!
2-4 hour visit
You’ve now got time to explore the New Lanark Visitor Centre! Start off by stepping back in time on the Annie McLeod Experience Ride on Level 5 before heading down to Level 4 to watch the historic textile machinery in action. Head up to the Roof Garden to enjoy spectacular views of the village – a great photo opportunity! If it’s time for lunch you can enjoy a snack in the Mill Café which is located beside the Mill Shop, allowing you time for a quick browse. You can then head past the waterwheel (another great photo opportunity of the Falls) to the School for Children. Here you can explore our current exhibition, visit the Interactive Gallery if you’ve got kids with you, step back in time into the Historic Classroom and watch our ‘Harmony in the Future’ film. You’ve now just got enough time to pop into the Village Store to treat yourself to some New Lanark Ice Cream before you leave! If you were able to GiftAid your Visitor Centre ticket you’ll be able to come back time & time again within 12 months to explore parts of the Visitor Centre you didn’t get to see, or parts you just want to visit again!
5-6 hour visit
Kick off your visit with a woodland walk to the Falls of Clyde, part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers or even see the rare peregrine falcons. On your way back you can stop off at Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area for a rest & to relax beside the babbling river (or the kids can play here!). Head back into the village and treat yourself to a tasty lunch at the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s restaurant or Falls bar.
You can then spend the second half of your visit going around the New Lanark Visitor Centre. As well as all of the great attractions above like the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, historic textile machinery, Roof Garden and School for Children you’ll also have the chance to explore the housing exhibits of Robert Owen’s House & the Millworkers’ Housing. Before you go be sure to pop into the River Room beside the main reception desk to check out our current temporary exhibition!
Full day & night visit
With a full day and night, you’ll be able to have the ultimate New Lanark experience! Start off your day by going around the New Lanark Visitor Centre. The many attractions include: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, historic textile machinery, Roof Garden, School for Children, Robert Owen’s House & the Millworkers’ Housing. You can then visit the Mill Café for a spot of lunch. If you fancy a sweet treat why not try the café’s Victorian Afternoon Tea or some New Lanark Ice Cream?
After those sweet treats walk them off with a woodland walk to the spectacular Falls of Clyde. Made up of Corra Linn, Bonnington Linn and Stonebyres Linn, these are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Scotland. They are now at the heart of the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, where you can see ancient natural woodland and a huge variety of Flora and Fauna. If you’re feeling extra energetic you could complete the full Falls of Clyde Walk to Castlebank Park in Lanark!
If all that fresh air has made you hungry again then head to the New Lanark Mill Hotel‘s Mill One restaurant for a delicious meal in a modern & contemporary setting – take a look at the menu here. There are lots of accommodation options at New Lanark to suit many needs. The New Lanark Mill Hotel offers 38 spacious and comfortable bedrooms. Unlike any other in Scotland, the New Lanark Mill Hotel was originally an 18th century cotton mill. We also have 8 self-catering Waterhouses set on the banks of the River Clyde, and Wee Row Hostel which is perfect for larger groups or travellers looking for great quality budget accommodation.
Hopefully you’ve now got a good idea of what you can get up to when you visit New Lanark World Heritage Site. If you’d still like to ask any questions before your visit please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer