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New Lanark World Heritage Village

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Address: | New Lanark Mills, Lanark ML11 9DB, Scotland
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+44 1555 661345
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nestled in Lanarkshire's Clyde Valley just 1 hour from Glasgow and...

Nestled in Lanarkshire's Clyde Valley just 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark World Heritage Site is internationally famous for its historic buildings, beautiful landscape and over 200 years of significant social history. The mill village was founded & built in 1785 by David Dale and Richard Arkwright, and then managed for 25 years from 1800 by the pioneering Robert Owen. New Lanark is now recognised as one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites of 'outstanding universal value' and welcomes over 300,000 site visitors annually. At New Lanark today you can still wonder at the stunning architecture and enjoy the beautiful landscape - but there's a lot more on offer... Visitors can explore the history of the village through the New Lanark Visitor Centre and enjoy stunning woodland walks through the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve to see the famous waterfalls. The Mill Café serves up a range of delicious home baking, hot lunches, tea, coffee and New Lanark Ice Cream. The Mill Shop offers a delightful range of gifts, Scottish produce and New Lanark Wool which is spun on-site using historic textile machinery. Visitors can even wake up in a World Heritage Site by staying at the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel or Self-catering Waterhouses which rest on the banks of the River Clyde.

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Mrs crowe

Lovely place loads to see and do ranmout of time as it closed at 4. Dont need to pay for outdoor activity but worth paying gor the tour of the mills and the history

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Fiona C
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place loads to see and do ranmout of time as it closed at 4. Dont need to pay for outdoor activity but worth paying gor the tour of the mills and the history

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Thank Fiona C
DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi Fiona, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a fantastic 5* review! With your Visitor Attraction Passport ticket you are able to return at any time to see any parts of the village you missed, and if you were able to GiftAid your tickets to get our yearly pass you can re-visit again and again... More 

Lesmahagow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not to be missed real interesting history in this village a must see. This is a very very interesting the site made famous by Robert Owen (Google it) also go and see the Coralynn the falls of the River Clyde.

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1 Thank Kenneth A
DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi Kenneth, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a great 5* review! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed visiting and learning about the fascinating history of our village. You may be interested in a blog post we wrote a couple of years ago - 10 things you didn't know about Robert Owen - google... More 

Erskine, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place for walking lovely views of the Clyde but unfortunately the water being diverted meant the falls were just a trickle

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1 Thank Linda M
DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi Linda, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a fantastic 5* review - it's greatly appreciated! We'll hopefully welcome you back again soon, when you can perhaps treat yourself in the Mill Café or Mill Shop after a walk to see the Falls of Clyde! Kind regards, Melissa New Lanark Trust More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots to do for all the family, lots of history, nature trails. Very relaxing. Love to take my dog on walks here and also enjoy lunch in mill cafe

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DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi Suzanne, Thanks for taking the time to leave us an amazing 5* review! I'm really glad to hear you've enjoyed lots of visits to New Lanark and hope to welcome you back again for years to come. Kind regards, Melissa New Lanark Trust More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had heard of the village and had wanted to visit for a number of years and although we had looked on line at the village we were not prepared for the lovely view from the parking area! It was very impressive. Spent over 3 hours at the village and was disappointed we did not manage to have time to... More 

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DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi Phunter62, A huge thanks for taking the time to write such a fantastic, detailed review! We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to New Lanark exploring our historic village. As you say you'll just have to come back again to see the rest of it! Kind regards, Melissa New Lanark Trust More 

Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This site is quite accessible to those who do not have a car. Early in the morning, I took the train from Glasgow Central Station; then a local bus; and stayed overnight at the mill hotel, leaving about noon. This place was a complete and pleasant surprise. Most of the tour was self-guided, except a 'pod' ride through the mill... More 

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DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi wells201, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! I'm delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable time during your time at New Lanark. We really hope to welcome you back again soon! Kind regards, Melissa New Lanark Trust More 

Ayr, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly educational. Beware of the fact that mobile signal is almost non existent and on site wifi temperamental. Beautifully restored buildings packed with informative and well thought out displays, most of which are interactive. Cafe serves decent food but it's pretty expensive. Gift shop is huge with well stocked, beautiful gifts. Really enjoyed time spent there. Plan to go back... More 

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DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi Wiccanmoon, Thank you very for much taking the time to leave a review and your really positive comments. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to New Lanark, and didn't mind too much having a break from the digital world to enjoy our beautiful scenery and historic buildings. We hope to welcome you back again in... More 

Largs, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great experience and worth visiting Let down by lack of cakes etc in cafeteria. Very busy. Poor for any visitor needing refreshment after walking around. Lots of people arriving in cafe at about 15:30 so was a good time for afternoon tea. Many people left after expressing annoyance at lack of eating items and poor service from staff. This has... More 

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1 Thank thetraveller435
DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi thetraveller435, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us this informative review. We're so sorry to hear about the experience you had in our Mill Café and can assure you that we will be passing your comments onto the management team. I'm glad to hear that you had an enjoyable experience on the whole and hope... More 

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490 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

By the time i got from the carpack to the main building it was due to close so missed out but looks nice to look at rather than going inside

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1 Thank G_Inspector
DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi G_Inspector, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review - it's much apprecaited. I'm sorry to hear that you weren't able to explore the New Lanark Visitor Centre during your visit - but hope you'll come back again soon to do so. Our Winter hours which last until the end of March are 7 days, 10am-4pm. From... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have driven past the road signs to New Lanark so many times and have never been before. What a superb heritage site it is. Bit of a trek down from the car park - didn't bother us but might be a toil for some. Warm welcome at the Visitor Centre and the 3D hologram Annie McLeod experience is worth... More 

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1 Thank Martin D
DevelopmentTeam, Marketing and PR Officer at New Lanark World Heritage Village, responded to this review

Hi Martin, Thanks for taking the time to write this great review. I'm very happy to hear that you finally decided to visit our historic village and the attractions of the New Lanark Visitor Centre - hopefully it was worth the wait :) We'll hopefully welcome you back again soon with your grandchildren. Kind regards, Melissa New Lanark Trust More 

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