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The Antiques Roadshow came to town!

The Antiques Roadshow came to town!

New Lanark was the BBC’s ninth location for The Antiques Roadshow on Thursday the 28th of August, 2016. Thousands from around the country came to New Lanark to witness the experts from the show value antiques brought to them by the public – with a little help from Fiona Bruce!

The process, for those of you who do not watch the show, is that anyone can come down with any antique and meet an expert of the show who listens to their story and values their antiques. The show has had many success stories in the past of people realising their antique is worth much more than they thought. We even had some success stories on our day, for example, Mr and Mrs Berkley were the owners of a set of Japanese chairs who were left in Mr Berkley family home when they moved in. The chairs turned out to be worth £1,500. The expert also said that identical chairs had been spotted in the palace of the Sultan of Selangor state, Malaysia.

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Japanese chairs from 1910

Another success story was from Primilia, who lives in Lanark, who brought along a Dumb Waiter Statue that her parents were given as a wedding gift in 1933. The antique was a success as it was valued as more than she had anticipated. Primilia was filmed with her antique and left New Lanark with a smile on her face!

The owner of this Grandfather clock also discovered that his possession was worth more than he originally thought! Not only did the gentleman discover the price but he also found out more information about the previous owner of the clock. I guess his visit was certainly worth his time…

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The Lanark Silver Bell: one of the oldest racing trophies in Europe, made between the years of 1608 and 1610. Lanark’s oldest antique which can be deemed as priceless.

The Lanark Silver Bell

The Silver Bell was a trophy given to the race winner. The earliest silver shield is dated 1628 and is engraved ‘John Hamilton of Traboun’. The holes in the bell were for the rings which used to hold the shields. Due to the number of the shields rising the Victorian silver stand was added.

The event was enjoyed by all as these are just some of the comments left on our Facebook page…

“Thanks for a fab day out!!”

“Great day out and weather was much better than forecast.”

“had a great day”

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Each expert has their own specialised field, therefore, they have their own table for said field. All around the site there were tables with the iconic red umbrellas and the respective name of department on top. So each person would queue for their ticket and be directed to whatever section their antique falls into. The Miscellaneous area was the busiest of them all as that had four tables worth of experts!

In order to organise and arrange such an event a lot of planning and effort has to go into it. On Wednesday, the 27th, both the BBC and New Lanark staff were here setting up from the early hours of the morning in order to make sure the day was a success.  The event could not have been run without the help of our volunteers who are avid fans of the show. Each volunteer had a certain area where they would help keep the queues moving efficiently and also provided much needed tea and coffee for the experts!

 

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VIP Tour

Once the event was in full swing, I was lucky enough to join a certain group for a VIP tour, hosted by a member of the BBC production team. The tour allowed us to see behind the scenes of the Antiques Roadshow including the make-up room and the tents where the production team would listen and dictate the recordings. Those on the tour were New Lanark Trustees and some members of parliament.

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We started off our tour by standing on the PODA and get a brief understanding of what the tour would entail.

DSC_0151We then made our way over to the production tent where producers were listening to the recordings so we had to be quiet. We even managed to get up close to some filming!

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We even managed to get a glimpse of some filming up close!

After this we went into the make-up room to see those who were preparing to be on camera. We then headed back over to the PODA and spotted Fiona Bruce welcoming visitors and helping out with reception.

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Overall, the Antiques Roadshow was a complete success and the weather stayed dry, well… for the majority of the day! Below are some more pictures of the event! Be sure to keep your eye out for Antiques Roadshow on TV, as the series is on in September!

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Fancy visiting New Lanark when the BBC isn’t in town? Visit out website to find out more! 

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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Great days out for Groups in Scotland!

Great days out for Groups in Scotland!

New Lanark is a perfect day out for a group outing as there is so much to see and do. The heart of New Lanark is a living and working village, which is situated in an outstanding location by the majestic Falls of Clyde. There are activities for all ages to enjoy including the many attractions of the award winning Visitor Centre, regular events and exhibitions and beautiful woodland walks in the Falls of Clyde wildlife reserve. Book your group outing now to see the wonders of New Lanark World Heritage Site. Contact our friendly team on [email protected] or 01555 661345 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

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Here are some other sites groups may enjoy in Scotland…

The Edinburgh Dungeon (Just over 1 hour/ 33.9 miles from New Lanark)

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If you and your friends like a good scare, check out the Edinburgh Dungeon! Group packages are available so why not head over to have a frighteningly good experience.

 

Five Sisters Zoo (32 mins/ 18.1 miles from New Lanark)

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Another exciting place to visit, that is not far from us here in New Lanark, is the Five Sisters Zoo. See a range of different kinds of animals in all shapes and sizes including Lions and Bears. Group tours are available if you and some friends fancy a fun day out!

 

National Mining Museum (1 hour/ 40.6 miles from New Lanark)

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Enjoy a day out with your group at the National Mining Museum in Edinburgh. Take a look at the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps and struggles of the thousands of miners and their families before them.

 

Stirling Castle (Just over an hour/ 41 miles from New Lanark)

Stirling Castle is a great day out for groups, rich in history and has beautiful sites to look at. Enjoy the sites in the castle and the surrounding views that come with it!

 

Royal Yacht Britannia (1 hour 17 mins/ 38.6 miles from New Lanark)

The Royal Yacht Britannia experience is one like no other! Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty’s floating Royal residence. If you travel within a group then visit the Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy a guided tour of each deck.

 

Dynamic Earth (Just over an hour/ 34.2 miles from New Lanark)

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Dynamic Earth allows you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Through a series of interactive exhibits you will feel the heat of a bubbling volcano, face the chill of polar ice, fly across the globe before crash landing in a tropical rainforest. Dynamic Earth is great for groups as there is so much to do!

If you’d like to find out more about enjoying a group visit to New Lanark please visit our website.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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Search Room Spotlight: Keys from New Lanark

Search Room Spotlight: Keys from New Lanark

There are numerous keys in our collection that were found during the restoration of New Lanark that began in the late 1970s. The photo above depicts a selection of keys that originally belonged to former residents of the village.

At its peak in 1818, there were 2,500 employees at New Lanark. The majority of people who worked in the Mills, lived in the early tenement blocks built by New Lanark’s founder, David Dale, to accommodate his workers. These buildings, including Braxfield Row, Long Row, Double Row, Wee Row, Nursery Row, Caithness Row, Mantila Row & New Buildings provided housing for around 200 families. Each family had one room with a window – excellent conditions for the period!. A typical tenement room had two “set in” beds on the wall opposite the fireplace. These consisted of a sturdy wooden framework built into the wall and a mattress which was a bag made of ticking and stuffed with chaff or straw. To accommodate larger families, a “hurlie bed” was used which was a simple cot-like bed on wheels that was stored under the “set in” bed. Each of the beds were shared by three or more family members as most tenements housed entire families that ranged from 8 to 10 members.

Traditional Housing at New Lanark

Traditional Housing at New Lanark

As the population of New Lanark declined over time, so the layout of the houses changed. Families would take over two rooms, sometimes even three, doors would be blocked up, new ones opened and most importantly, the house numbers would change with these alterations. Hence trying to match a key to a house is not as easy a task as it may seem!

Following a 40+ year restoration programme, all but one of the tenement blocks have now been restored (an the restoration of the last is underway).Today, there are 45 tenancies and 20 owner-occupied houses at New Lanark with a population of roughly 150-200 people who live here permanently. Mantila Row was unfortunately demolished during the restoration period as the building was unsafe but the exteriors of the other buildings remain pretty much unchanged. The keys however have got much smaller!

 

RESEARCH RESOURCES:

The Story of New Lanark, World Heritage Site

Living in New Lanark, New Lanark Conversation Trust

Historic New Lanark, Ian Donnachie & George Hewitt

 

Holly – New Lanark Archive Intern

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Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Looking for a dog walk in Lanarkshire? The Falls of Clyde walkway at New Lanark is paw-fect! (excuse the pun)

New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village nestled in a valley beside the River Clyde in Lanarkshire. Now one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde is visited by thousands of walkers and their canine companions every year.

Now, for all the important stuff – New Lanark is located under 1 hour from Glasgow & Edinburgh beside the town of Lanark. To get here use the postcode ML11 9DB. On-site there is free parking, free toilets, lots of outdoor picnic areas as well as a large indoor café. There is also a fantastic shop, hotel and restaurant!

It’s advised that dogs are kept on a leash within New Lanark village, as this area is frequented by many visitors, residents and cars throughout the day.

The actual Falls of Clyde walk is a mostly pathed walk through forest next to the river. There are a couple of sandy beach areas at the side of the river with shallower water. Doggy towels at the ready!

This is a great article on Walkiees.co.uk which fully explains the walk.

Without further ado, here’s some fun photos to get tails wagging…

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🐾🌳💛 #newlanark #westie #sundays #dogwalk #bestfriend #boyfriend #fallsofclyde

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Cracking night for a walk #newlanark #boxerdog #boxersofinstagram

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Jake had a great day out in the sunshine at @newlanark !

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New Lanark Clyde walkway…. Hallie’s new favourite playground 🐾 @willbike #lanarkshire #newlanark #scotland

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Days with my #baby #doggy #fallsofclyde #lanark #sunshine

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That wee face! #NewLanark #walkway

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Disclaimer – towels may be required!

To find out more about New Lanark and walks to the Falls of Clyde please visit the New Lanark website. Alternatively you can call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

With the summer holidays fast approaching families across the country will be wondering to take the kids on a day out? Luckily for us in Scotland we have a fantastic range of attractions, parks and fun places to visit. As part of our Summer Blog programme, we’ve pulled together a list of days out in Scotland we think would be fantastic for Grandparents to take their Grandchildren. Keeping everyone happy with some nature, a bit of history & the chance to learn…and a nice hot cuppa at the end of the day!

New Lanark World Heritage Site – Visitor Centre 

First up is the Visitor Centre at New Lanark World Heritage Site. New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village which became famous under the enlightened management of Robert Owen. In 2001 the village was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘outstanding universal value’. Today visitors can learn about the fascinating industrial heritage and social history of the village through our award-winning Visitor Centre. Attractions in the Visitor Centre include the Annie McLeod Experience Ride (which takes you back in time!), the Roof Garden, Working textile machinery (where we now produce New Lanark wool), Housing Exhibits, the School for Children and the Village Store – complete with retro sweeties! We have a range of facilities on-site including the Mill Café, outdoor picnic & play areas, WiFi in selected areas, free accessible toilets & baby change and a beautiful Mill Shop which sells a range of gifts, homeware, clothing, books, accessories and of course, New Lanark wool! For those who love the great outdoors our village is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, and is the gateway to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve which is home to the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Enjoy a woodland walk to see the Falls and then return to the village to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream – made on site!

During the summer months we offer a programme of fun craft workshops for kids and daily guided tours of the village. To find out more about visiting please visit our website at www.newlanark.org or feel free to contact us with any enquiries at [email protected] / 01555 661345.

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Rawr! Monster on the loose… #toddlerlife #newlanark #interactivegallery #fridayfun

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Pittencrief Park 

There are three seperate play areas at Pittencrief Park in Dunfermline! This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist. There you can also enjoy woodland trails, nature spotting, green houses and the Rubbings Trail. Don’t forget to look out for the resident peacocks!

Pittencrief Park

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Scotland Street School Museum 

Scotland Street School is a must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. In telling the story of education during this time, Scotland Street School Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Find out what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in the three reconstructed classrooms.

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Scotland Street School

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the three engaging floors of the Science Mall. There’s also Scotland’s biggest IMAX Cinema, the Glasgow Tower and a programme of fascinating live shows.

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David Livingstone Centre

The David Livingstone Centre is a child-friendly museum with hands-on exhibits and packed with items relating to David Livingstone’s explorations in Africa. The museum is set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde with woodland walks, a play park and a Nature Explorers Club that runs once a month on Saturday mornings. A shop and cafe might tempt you and these plus the grounds are free to visit.

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With all of these great locations on your doorstep there’s more than enough to keep the grandchildren entertained this summer! If you’d like to find out more about visiting New Lanark, and our programme of tours and craft workshops over the summer please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

Wondering where to take the kids this summer? There are some fantastic family days out right on your doorstep – from historic New Lanark to zoos & pools!

 

1. New Lanark World Heritage Site

The historic village of New Lanark is the perfect location for a family day out this summer! There’s so much on offer you could easily spend a full day here – from exploring our award-winning Visitor Centre to enjoying a woodland walk to see the famous three ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls!

New Lanark is a cotton-spinning mill village which was founded in 1785 by David Dale & Richard Arkwright. Over 200 years later the village has been recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal significance’.

The New Lanark Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, and during the summer holidays we run a programme of craft workshops and daily guided tours. UK Tax payers can ‘GiftAid’ their Visitor Centre admission making it valid for a whole year – meaning you can visit again and again!

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Over 200 years of fascinating social history & industrial heritage. Plus the stunning Falls of Clyde!
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2. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

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3. Chatelherault Country Park

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4. M&Ds Theme Park

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5. Deep Sea World

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6. Calderglen Country Park

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7. Biggar Puppet Theatre

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8. Summerlee Industrial Museum

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9. The Time Capsule

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10. National Museum of Rural Life

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As you can see there’s a huge selection of fun days out for families to enjoy this summer! You can find out more about visiting New Lanark on our website at www.newlanark.org 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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The best free days out in Scotland

The best free days out in Scotland

Everyone who visits Scotland loves our castles, lochs, whisky and tartan – but there’s so much more to discover! From our fascinating museums to hidden waterfalls and beaches, there’s history, heritage and beauty round every corner just waiting to be found. Here at New Lanark World Heritage Site we don’t have a monster in a loch (maybe in the river?!) but we do have activities that visitors of all ages can enjoy for a different experience of Scotland. In this blog post we have compiled a list of a selection of ‘free’ days out in Scotland to enjoy, including a walk to the famous Falls of Clyde which are right on our doorstep and many under an hour’s drive away!

 

Falls of Clyde Waterfalls & New Lanark

The famous ‘Falls of Clyde’ consists of three magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde – Dundaff Linn, Corra Linn and Bonnington Linn. Within the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, you can enjoy a woodland walk to see all three of the Falls – taking in the beautiful surroundings and wildlife spotting as you go! The gateway to the Falls is located in the village of New Lanark, an 18th century mill village which is now recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 World Heritage Sites. New Lanark is located less than 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and has many attractions and facilities on-site including a Mill Café, Shops, Visitor Centre, Hotel & more.

 

The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is located in the centre in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile. The diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof. Entry is free and donations are welcome! (By car, just over 1 hour from New Lanark)

 

Riverside Museum

The multi-award winning Riverside Museum is home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as maritime powerhouse to a glimpse into daily Glasgow life in the early to mid 20th Century. Amongst the objects on display are everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, vintage cars to a stormtrooper, there really is something to delight visitors of all ages.​ (By car, just under 1 hour from New Lanark)

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Galloway Forest Park

The Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe. (By car, around 1.5 hours from New Lanark)

Such a pretty place 🚣🏞 #scotland #gallowayforestpark #camping #lochdoon

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Beaches in Scotland

Visit Scotland: “Golden sands, turquoise waters, peaceful bays and tumbling waves … there are few finer places than a beautiful Scottish beach on a warm summer’s day! With thousands of miles of coastline and more than 700 islands, Scotland boasts beaches to rival even the most tropical holiday destination. Each is ideal for long walks or relaxing with a tasty picnic, but you’ll find plenty of other things to keep you entertained, too: wildlife watching, fossil hunting, thrilling watersports and much more…”

 

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Visit Glenfinnan: “This wonderful piece of late Victorian construction is a site to behold. Completed in 1901 the viaduct was the first structure in the world to use at that time the new building material Mass Concrete. Over 100 feet in height and made up of 21 arches this viaduct is a beautiful piece of engineering and is a glorious sight. The viaduct has now gained notoriety as it has been used in many of the the Harry Potter films. Do you remember the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with the blue Ford Anglia flying around the engine and the viaduct?” (By car, just over 3 hours from New Lanark)

Glenfinnan Viaduct. Still minus a steam train 🚂. #Glenfinnan #glenfinnanviaduct #lochshiel #visitscotland #instascotland

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Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. It has been used by generations of Scots and visitors for boating, water skiing, bathing and picnicking, or just enjoying the unique atmosphere and scenery. Loch Lomond can be reached in just under an hour from Glasgow City Centre! Find out more on this website. (By car, just over 1 hour, 15 minutes from New Lanark)

 

St.Andrews

One of Europe’s finest towns, St Andrews is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort, and the world’s home of golf. (By car, just under 2 hours from New Lanark)

 

Glencoe

Glencoe is perhaps Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glencoe is also arguably Scotland’s most historic glen, and it was recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen. Recently featured in James Bond Skyfall!

 

New Lanark is the perfect base for exploring the rest of Scotland. As well as being located on the banks of the fantastic Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, we have a range of accommodation options on-site to suit all budgets and tastes including the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering cottages. Visit our website to find out more!

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Aerial view of New Lanark World Heritage Site

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10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

From Ice Cream to our Interactive Gallery, there are so many reasons New Lanark is the perfect location for a day out this summer!

 

1. New Lanark Ice Cream

Summer always calls for a delicious ice cream! As of May this year, the entire production process for New Lanark Ice Cream takes place in the village of New Lanark! All of the profits from New Lanark Ice Cream are returned to New Lanark Trust to reinvest in the upkeep & development of the village. So, every time you have a cone you’re contributing to keeping the village available for lots of visitors to enjoy in the future!

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Scottish ice cream is pucka 👌🏻👌🏻 #jaffacake #jammydodger #icecream #newlanark #scotland

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2. Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

After being redeveloped in September 2014, Clearburn Play & Picnic Area is a real hotspot for families at New Lanark in the summer. We even won the Hudsons Heritage ‘Best Heritage Picnic Spot UK’ in March 2016! With lots of fun play areas and picnic tables it’s the perfect setting for a picnic in the sun. Don’t miss the magical storytelling dome & willow tunnel! Entry to Clearburn is free.

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3. Woodland walk to Falls of Clyde

The village of New Lanark is located on the doorstep of the gateway to the Falls of Clyde wildlife reserve which is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Take a woodland walk in the reserve to spot lots of native animals like badgers and otters, and wonder at the beauty of three magnificent waterfalls! Entry to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve is free. 

 

4. Lots of picnic areas

We’ve already mentioned Clearburn as a fantastic picnic area, but we have lots of areas at New Lanark to make the most of the nice weather! Enjoy picnics at the Waterwheel, in Robert Owen’s Garden, in the walkway down into the village and even on our Roof Garden! (see point 5)

 

5. Roof Garden

At New Lanark we have the largest Roof Garden of its kind in Scotland – at an incredible 9,000 square feet! The garden is located on the flat roof of one of our Mill buildings, and has spectacular views across the village and to the first of the Falls – Dundaff Linn. Entry to the Roof Garden is included in the price of our Visitor Centre tickets, and you can also buy a ticket just for Mill 3 which includes the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, textile floor and Roof Garden.

 

6. Interactive Gallery

We all know that sometimes summer in Scotland doesn’t mean sun! For the days when it’s a ‘bit dreich’ we have the fantastic Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Located in Robert Owen’s School for Children this is a treat for the senses with bright colours, sounds, shapes and textures for children to enjoy. Entry is £1.50 per child with a Visitor Centre ticket, or £3 per child without (for up to 2 hours play). Under 1’s and adults go free!

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7. Daily Guided Tours

For the history buffs, or just those who’d like to know more about the fascinating history of New Lanark village we will be running a Daily Guided Tour throughout the South Lanarkshire summer holidays (25th June – 14th August). What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception. (no tours on 17th or 28th July) 

 

8. Craft Workshops for Kids

Monster puppets, wind chimes, dinosaurs and more! These are all of the fantastic crafts children can make at our Craft Workshops running throughout the Scottish summer holidays. Workshops must be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345 (Lines open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Workshops are £3.50 per child or £2.00 with a Visitor Centre ticket. Running from 1-3pm in the School for Children.

Week 1 – 28, 29, 30 June – Hot Air Balloons

Week 2 – 5,6,7 July – Make your own underwater world

Week 3 – 12, 13, 14 July – Make your own Jungle/Jurassic world

Week 4 – 19, 21 July – Glass Jar Painting

No crafts on the week of Antiques Roadshow

Week 5 – 2,3,4 August – Monster puppets

Week 6 – 9,10,11 August – Wind chime making

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9. Mill Shops 

The Mill Shop offers a delightful range of gifts, homeware, Scottish produce and New Lanark Wool which is spun on-site using our historic textile machinery. From the end of July we’ll be stocking British clothing & accessories brand Joules in the Mill Shop. In the village we also have a Village Store which stocks lots of traditional ‘sweeties’, retro toys and fun souvenirs! The Mill Shop is open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

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The world’s first Organic Tartan collection – sold exclusively in the Mill Shop

10. Mill Café 

If you’ve worked up an appetite and it’s not quite picnic weather outside, then just head for the Mill Café at New Lanark! Located in an old mill floor, the Mill Café serves up a range of delicious home baking, hot lunches, tea, coffee and New Lanark Ice Cream all day. (Monday – Saturdya 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm)

New Lanark Mill Café

 

If all of those reasons aren’t enough, on-site we also have the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Mill One Bar & Mill One Restaurant and Wee Row Hostel. New Lanark is located less than a 5 minute’s drive from the historic Royal Burgh of Lanark. In Lanark you can visit the High Street shops, Castlebank Park, Lanark Loch and Racecourse!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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New Lanark walks: Kirkfieldbank > New Lanark > Castlebank Park

New Lanark walks: Kirkfieldbank > New Lanark > Castlebank Park

Guest blog from Melissa, New Lanark’s Marketing and PR Officer…

Summer arrived in Lanark yesterday! To make the most of the nice weather I decided to embark upon the full Clyde Walkway loop from Kirkfieldbank, up into the Corehouse Estate, past Bonnington Linn, past the stunning Corra Linn, along the boardwalk into the village of New Lanark and then right along the Clyde walkway to Castlebank Park! The walk took around 3 hours, taking time for a couple of short breaks to admire the beautiful views – and to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream cone!

Lanark Life have produced a map of this walking route which can be viewed on their website here.

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Starting at Kirkfieldbank at ‘the old brig’ built in 1699, designed by James Lockhart.

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Your first view of New Lanark Village!

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Not much rainfall at Bonnington Linn – these Falls can look very different!

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Idyllic setting of Corra Linn – The Wordsworths, Coleridge and Sir Walter Scott all visited the Falls.

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A look back at the New Lanark Mill Hotel on your way to Castlebank Park.

 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark World Heritage Site at www.newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

Tours to enjoy at New Lanark World Heritage Site

During the local (South Lanarkshire) School Holidays, here at New Lanark we run Daily Guided Tours of the Village with our experiences guides.Visitors have the chance to explore New Lanark  discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out!

Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception.

We are also able to offer the following specialist theme tours to booked groups. Please get in touch if you have a group that would like to discuss any of these tour options!

~ Urban Conservation ~
~ Geographical Settlement Studies ~
~ Planning
~ Heritage & Leisure Management ~
~ Travel & Tourism ~
~ Marketing ~
~ Child Care & Nursery Education ~
~ Social & Economic History ~
~ Utopian Socialism
~ Education & Historical Pedagogy ~
~ Industrial Archaeology ~
~ Water Power & Hydro-electricity ~
~ Industrial Architecture ~

 

Throughout the year our Learning and Outreach team provide special tours and sessions for booked school groups:

 

Pre-school to Primary 2

  • Mini Discovery Tour – How we used to live in the past
  • A look at life in the past 1800s
  • Toys from the Past
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Exploring the Senses

 

Primary 3 to 7

  • The Story of New Lanark
  • The Victorians
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • A Settlement Study
  • Citizenship & Enterprise: Robert Owen & his Model Community
  • Classroom Roleplay
  • Self-led visits

 

Secondary School

  • The Story of New Lanark and Robert Owen
  • History: Textile Factories (Changing Britain 1760-1900 Unit)
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Geography (Aspects of Physical & Human Environment: Rivers, Land Use, Diversification, Tourism v Conservation & Renewable Energy)
  • Textiles
  • Self-led visits

New educational tours available soon will be:
Water Power and Renewable Energy
New Lanark in the 20th Century
New Lanark’s First World War
From Slave Trade to Fairtrade

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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