New Lanark World Heritage Site Blog

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Ideas for your perfect trip to New Lanark!

Ideas for your perfect trip to New Lanark!

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!

The Falls of Clyde - Dundaff Linn

The Falls of Clyde – Dundaff Linn


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!

Roof Garden

New Lanark Roof Garden


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!

Walkway to the Falls of Clyde

Walkway to the Falls of Clyde


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 ChildrenRobert 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.

New Lanark Mill Hotel

New Lanark Mill Hotel

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

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18/06/15 Talks at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Chatelherault Country Park: Developing a Long Term Forest Plan

Chatelherault Country Park: Developing a Long Term Forest Plan

Tomorrow, we will be joined by Malcolm Muir, Countryside and Greenspace Manager, South Lanarkshire Council, for his talk, ‘Restructuring an Ancient Treescape at Chatelherault.’ The talk will outline the Long Term Forest Plan which is being prepared to ensure the stunning native wildlife, landscape and views at Chatelherault County Park are there for future generations to enjoy. Sarah O’Sullivan from the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership fills us in on why the organisation are supporting the exciting plans.

Formerly a royal hunting park for the ancient Kings of Strathclyde, the Hamilton Family were granted the lands of ‘Cadzow’ around 1320. Chatelherault was built in the 1740s as a hunting lodge for the Dukes, at the end of a long tree lined avenue which led from Hamilton Palace. It reflected the formal symmetry of the great, designed landscape surrounding Hamilton Palace to the front, while the back of the building offered magnificent views over the Avon gorge which was, at that point, covered in native broadleaved woodland. The Dukes built paths, bridges and maintained viewpoints which are still in use today, although in varying states of repair.

Throughout these long centuries, the ancient broadleaved woodlands had been carefully managed for timber, charcoal and game. They had seen little change until the 1950s when a high proportion of the woodland was cleared and replaced with fast growing commercial conifers, mainly from Europe and America. These non-native trees have had a negative impact on native wildlife, blocking light and lessening the habitats supported by native broadleaved woodlands. They have also grown much taller than the native trees, blocking breath-taking views across the River Avon. Ancient woodlands are now protected against felling and work across Scotland is now underway to restore Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) – of which Chatelherault Country Park is one.

The remaining ancient woodland, one of the richest and most diverse habitats in Britain, supports thousands of species of animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms. They are of national importance, forming part of Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) and specific parts within it having being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and European Special Area for Conservation (SAC).

The Long Term Forest Plan lays out a 25 year schedule for conifer removal by felling, using modern harvesting machinery. The removal will take part in sections to minimise disruption to users of the park. Existing paths will be improved and a new path will be created through Meikle Glen to communities to the south and west of Hamilton, to allow for vehicle access. These paths will improve access across the park and offer a more varied range of circular walks, having a positive benefit on visitors and communities close to the park.

Although the felling will have an impact on the aesthetics of the area, the area’s fertile soils contain a rich seed bank that which means that natural tree regeneration is very rapid. Laverock Hill near Barncluith was felled in 2005 and by 2009, had already greened over and was covered with young, predominantly birch trees. By spring 2011, the whole area was covered with young woodland and was alive with birdsong. Over the next ten years, the regenerated birch will be thinned and spaced out to provide room for slower growing tree species, such as ash and oak.

Money raised by the sale of the conifer timber will go towards further improvements in the park such as path, bridge and access improvements, restoration of some of the neglected historic structures in the wider park, as well as the potential restoration of the White Bridge.

The plans are being led by South Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd who are working with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, Forestry Commission Scotland, Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Eammon Wall & Co and Land Use Consultants, to ensure that the project is developed in accordance with the best available advice and guidance, following best practice as set out in the UK Forestry Standard.

Tickets for Malcolm’s talk are £4 and this includes the chance to explore New Lanark’s current ‘Homecoming’ exhibition and a glass of wine or refreshment. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345, emailing [email protected], online or ‘on the door’ on the night. The talk is in Robert Owen’s School for Children at New Lanark, which is located past the waterwheel.

Sarah – New Lanark Guest Blogger from the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

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16/06/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , , , ,

Ted’s June at New Lanark

Ted’s June at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been enjoying June so far – I’ve had a really busy month already celebrating Lanark Lanimers. You’ve probably heard of it already, but if not you just need to know that it’s a traditional week of celebrations in the town of Lanark which all cumulates on Lanimer Day when the Lanimer Queen is crowned and there’s a big procession down the High Street with local schools & groups dressed up in brilliant costumes.

To look my best for the week, I decided to dress up as a Lanimer Lord Cornet complete with Harris Tweed jacket, hat, sash & flag (all that’s missing is a horse!). My fantastic Harris Tweed jacket was made by Irene Murray from I heart bags. Irene makes lots of wonderful products, like bags and tablet cases using lovely bright colours of Harris Tweed. She can be emailed on [email protected] if you’d like to find out more about her products. My jodhpurs and riding boots were knitted by Janice and Lesli from the New Lanark Visitor Centre using New Lanark wool, they certainly did keep my paws warm!

Ted's Lanimers outfit

Posing with the traditional Lanimer birch trees


I showcased my new outfit at the Ride Out at New Lanark on the Tuesday night of Lanimer Week where I even got to meet the Lanimer Queen Jenna and Gordon the Lord Cornet!

Lanimer Ride Out at New Lanark

Jenna the Lanimer Queen, Gordon the Lord Cornet and myself!

Lanimer Ride Out at New Lanark

Spot the difference?!

On Thursday the sun was shining for the people of Lanark to enjoy Lanimer Day. It was my first time watching the procession and I can’t wait until next year!

Lanimer Day

Prime viewing spot for the crowning of the Lanimer Queen!


After the excitement of Lanimer Week I visited the new exhibition in the New Lanark River Room. Run by Spectrum Art Group, there are some wonderful paintings from the art group’s members. The exhibition is free to view, and it’s running until Saturday 4th July.

Spectrum exhibition

Spectrum exhibition


It won’t be long now until the local schools finish up for the Summer holidays! If you’re looking for something to do with the kids then why not check out New Lanark’s programme of Summer Craft Workshops? Ruth from the New Lanark Learning Team gave me a sneak peek at some of the brilliant crafts the kids will be making – like this mythical dragon costume and paper lantern hot air balloon! Find out more & book a place today. 

Summer crafts - mythical creatures costumes

Summer Craft workshops – mythical creature costume!

Summer Crafts - hot air balloon

Summer Craft workshops – paper lantern hot air balloon!


On Monday 15th June the refurbished Village Store opened again! It’s looking great and is the perfect place to pick up traditional sweeties, toys, New Lanark food & gifts, guide books and postcards.

Ted at the Village Store

The new bike was a bit big for me so I just had a go in the basket!

Ted at the Village Store

Us bears do love sweet treats!

Ted at the Village Store

Lots of fun New Lanark souvenirs to pick up!


Later on this month…

On Friday 19th June Malcolm Muir is giving a talk at New Lanark on the fascinating restoration project of Hamilton High Parks’ Ancient Treescape. Tickets are just £4 and can be bought by emailing [email protected], calling 01555 661345, online or ‘on the door’ on the night. The talk starts at 7.30pm in Robert Owen’s School for Children. (past the waterwheel)

I can’t wait for Live at New Lanark on Saturday 27th June! It’s going to be a day of live music for the whole family to enjoy, hosted in the beautiful Robert Owen’s Garden. You can bring a picnic or pick up a snack from some food & drink stalls. Tickets are just £6 for adults (or 2 for £10), Under 16s are £4 and Under 3s are free! Find out more and buy tickets. I’ll see you then – I’ll be hanging with the bands backstage! 🙂


Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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15/06/15 New Lanark Search Room # , , , , ,

How to create your first family tree…

How to create your first family tree…

The New Lanark Search Room contains a diverse collection of archive material including:

  • Historic & modern photographs
  • Archival documents
  • Architectural drawings
  • Maps
  • Paintings
  • Artefacts
  • Family history records
  • Oral histories

The collection helps to tell the fascinating story of New Lanark, from its days as a working mill, to its decline, restoration and inscription as a World Heritage site.  From Pauper Apprentices to Robert Owen, millworkers to mill managers and residents to famous visitors, the collection also gives us an insight into the lives of the thousands of people who lived in, worked at and visited the village.

As such, we were delighted to welcome Suzie Kolber from to write a guest blog for us on how to kick-start your family history research by creating your first family tree. 


How to Create a Small Family Tree Template
Studying your family history can be a complicated process, especially if you want to go back as far as possible or trace different branches of the family tree. Creating a template for your family tree is one way to organize information and break it down into sections that are easy to manage. Begin with a small template that is limited to three or four generations.


The Benefits of a Small Family Tree
When organizing your information, it can be easier to find people you are searching for or recognize their relationships with each other if you use small templates. Choose a person and trace his or her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Fill in the information as you discover it and it won’t seem as overwhelming as with a large template of numerous generations when most of them would be blank.


Choosing the Right Template
You can search online and find all kinds of templates. Some will work better for your purpose than others. If you are tracing your family’s genealogy, you won’t need to include photos, but you will want space to write information about each person. Create a template with the person’s name and lines for the birthdate, date of death and marriage date.

It may be helpful to list locations for each of those events or other relevant information that you may need in your research. One of the reasons that a small three- or four-generation template is ideal is that it leaves you extra space to write more.


Entering Information
While you want to have easy access to the most important information about your ancestors, especially if you are traveling, do not try to include every tidbit about your family members. It will clutter up the template and make it difficult to read. Instead, keep it short and simple. Abbreviate as much as possible. For instance, date of birth would be DOB, date of death would be DOD and so on.

Consider using an online template where you can type the information instead of hand-writing it. This allows you to make changes or even erase information or people as you need to without having to start all over with a blank template.

Store your family tree online as well so that you can easily access it if you are traveling and need to look up information as you research. This also makes it easy to print or email a copy of the tree to others who may be helping you in your research.

The most important thing in choosing a template for your small family tree is to find one that works for you. It should fit your needs, be easy to use and look appealing to you.

If you are beginning your research into your family history, start with finding the right family tree template. It makes it much easier to record and keep track of data. Plus, it is fun to share with others who share your interest in genealogy.

Suzie Kolber created to be the complete online resource for “do it yourself” genealogy projects.  The site offers the largest offering of free family tree templates online. The site is a not for profit website dedicated to offering free resources for those that are trying to trace their family history.

Suzie – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Search Room. 

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08/06/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: June 2015

Roof Garden Diary: June 2015

After a sunny April, May was cold, wet and windy.  However, the hornbeam hedging has unfurled its fresh green leaves, echoing the new foliage on the trees above the village.  Beneath the owl statue, the dark red leaves of heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and the gray-blue foliage of santolina are starting to colour up. Highlights in May included a duck calmly paddling in the fountain while being dive-bombed by a swallow – but these acrobats of the air always manage to miss!   Also, a seven-spot ladybird was seen resting on some leaves – a welcome guest.  These ladybirds are beneficial in any garden, as they and their larvae feed on aphids and other plant pests so we should encourage them.  There’s lots to see in New Lanark Roof Garden, not just plants!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Visit the main New Lanark website to find out more about taking a trip to our award winning Visitor Centre this summer!

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