Visit an historic village that offers an insight into how Cotton Mill workers and their families lived and worked 

Founded in 1785 as a cotton manufacturing plant, New Lanark rose to fame as a model community under social reformer and philanthropist Robert Owen. The community, situated in a beautiful wooded gorge in the Scottish Borders, was the test case for a number of social and educational reforms pioneered by Owen.

Convinced that the character of man is formed for him, Owen insisted young children began their education as soon as they could walk. Adults were encouraged to attend lectures and recitals as New Lanark's progressive Institute for the Formation of Character, opened by Owen in 1816.

After the cotton mills closed in 1968, the New Lanark Conservation Trust came to the rescue. Set up in 1974, the Trust was faced with the task of restoring the dilapidated village. They were impressively successful; New Lanark was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Be sure to visit the two village shops from the 1820s and 1930s. The 1820s shop is regarded as one of the seeds of the Co-operative movement. From there a short walk along the river brings you to Owen's school. Step inside to enjoy the historic classroom, interactive gallery, audio-visual theatre shoe and The Millenium Experience - an introduction to both the future and the past.

New Lanark World Heritage Site,
South Lanarkshire
Scotland, ML 11 9DB
United Kingdom

Open daily. Admission:-

  • Adults £5-95
  • Concession £3-95

Lanark Tourist Information Centre
Ph: 0155 5661 661