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Group visits to New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site
Welcome to New Lanark Mills – a special experience
New Lanark World Heritage Site, one of Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is an 18th century cotton mill village sitting in a beautiful location alongside the picturesque River Clyde, less than one hour south from Glasgow and south west from Edinburgh.
Groups can see how villagers lived, learned and worked with a visit to Robert Owen’s School for Children, millworkers’ housing and Robert Owen’s own house. There’s an opportunity to see historic working textile machinery, and take the ‘Annie McLeod Experience’, a fascinating ‘dark ride’ that tells the eye-opening story of a child millworker. Enjoy spectacular views of the village, river and surrounding forests from our roof garden, then take a woodland walk to see the famous ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls.
The Mill Shop offers an extensive range of contemporary gifts, souvenirs and Scottish produce. We’re very proud of the ‘New Lanark Wool & Textiles’ range that includes woollen yarns spun on the village’s historic machinery, and a range of unique textile products, all created in the UK using New Lanark Woollen Yarn.
We recommend at least two hours for a visit, but you can easily spend a day exploring all there is to see and do. And while your group is doing all that, we’ll look after the coach driver.
The New Lanark Mill Hotel, our very own 4-star, 38-bedroom hotel, offers the opportunity to stay overnight or for a short break, waking up in the morning in a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can see more about the hotel below.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to visit, and a visitor attraction that really will deliver memorable experiences, bring your group to New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site – and discover Scotland’s hidden past.
Getting in touch
If you have a group booking enquiry please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01555 661345 (Lines open 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday)
Please also see our Learning Section for further information (opens in new tab) on educational group visits (Nurseries, Schools, Colleges and Universities).
Group Rates and Packages 2018/19
We offer discounted admission rates for groups of 15 or more. Choose from one of our four special packages:
We can also offer a free familiarisation visit for tour leaders and tour planners.
Where to eat
The Mill Café is open throughout the year. For groups that want to eat together we offer a choice of three set packages. For a free-flow visit the café offers a good selection of snacks, soup, hot meals and hot and cold drinks available at the self-serve counter. For a special treat, don’t miss our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream, made in the village.
The New Lanark Mill Hotel, located in the village (see details below), offers informal dining and can cater for groups of 20 to 150 in the Mill One Restaurant. There are three dining options:
Our team will be delighted to tell you more.
‘Meal Stop – New Lanark Mills’
If you’re heading along the M74 between England and Scotland and are looking for a refreshment stop with a difference, our new ‘Meal Stop – New Lanark’ option gives groups the opportunity to eat, drink and enjoy a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been designed to appeal to group travel organisers, coach operators and tour planners on a tight schedule. We’re about 20 minutes from junction 12 on the M74, offering an alternative to the usual motorway or other refreshment and meal stop-offs.
Stay overnight, or longer
The New Lanark Mill Hotel, a 4-star contemporary hotel located in the heart of the village, is popular with groups who use it as a base from which to visit Glasgow and Edinburgh and explore the Scottish Borders. The 38-bedroom hotel, located within what was once Mill Number 1, has lifts to all floors, a welcoming lounge, leisure suite and restaurant. It’s also popular as an overnight stop for groups travelling up from England or returning after a Scottish tour. After all, it’s not every day you can wake up in a World Heritage Site.
New Lanark Mills has been made as accessible as possible, with ramps and lifts to almost every part of the site. We say almost because the location of the village in a steep-sided valley beside the Falls of Clyde means that there are some areas that are not ideal for wheelchair users of visitors with impaired mobility. Our team will be happy to tell you more. Click here to view our online Accessibility Guide. (opens in new tab)
Payment and invoicing
Payment must be made in advance, or settled on arrival. The group leader can collect ‘Passport Tickets’ (based on the appropriate package) from the visitor centre reception desk in the Institute. Full details will be given when a booking is confirmed. Please make cheques payable to New Lanark Trading Ltd. Payment may also be made by credit card.
Coach drop-off, parking and pick-up information
We’re located just over a mile south of the town of Lanark.
On arrival at New Lanark Mills, coaches should follow the road down the hill to drop-off in the heart of the village (see red dot on map below). The coach will then turn round outside the Counting House (see blue dot on map) and return up the hill to park in the main car park. At the end of the visit, the coach can return to the village to pickup the group. Note – The driver must exercise extreme caution when reversing the coach in the village.
Below is what you will see when arriving at the entrance to New Lanark village at the top of the hill. For passenger drop-off take the right turn to drive down the hill into the village where there is space for the passengers to be dropped off. The driver can then to return to park in our main car park which has ample space for coaches. In the past we have had many coaches and articulated lorries driving via this road, so it is accessible. Please use the arrows in the virtual map below to see what the road is like.
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