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Group visits to New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site

A group visiting New Lanark outside the Village Store

Welcome to New Lanark Mills – a special experience

New Lanark Mills 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.

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 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 20 or more. Choose from one of our four special packages:

Package 1 Entrance only – highlights include the Annie Mcleod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Historic Housing Exhibits and School for Children.  

Adult £9.50, Concession £8.50, Child (3 to 15 inc) £7

Package 2 Entrance as above, plus ‘Story of New Lanark Mills’ 45 minute Guided Tour/Talk.

Adult £10.50, Concession £9.50, Child (3 to 15 inc) £8

Package 3 Entrance as above,  plus Specialist Guided Tour/Talk. Specialist themes currently include: Architecture, Robert Owen, Textile Production and Hydro Power.  Adult £12.50, Concession £11.50, Child (3 to 15 inc) £10
Package 4 A bespoke visit, tailored to suit your specific requirements. Prices vary

All pre-booked groups benefit from:

  • Free entrance for the driver and group leader
  • Free coach parking
  • Complimentary food and drink for the driver
  • A group meet and greet on arrival
  • Use of the hotel lounge area for the driver and tour leader

We can also offer a free familiarisation visit for group leaders and tour planners.

New Lanark Roof Garden


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:

  • Fixed price lunch or dinner menu
  • Afternoon tea
  • High tea

Our team will be delighted to tell you more.

New Lanark Mill Hotel Restaurant


Stay overnight, or longer

The New Lanark Mill Hotel, a 3* 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.

We also have Wee Row Hostel, ideal for school groups, and eight self-catering Waterhouses on the banks of the River Clyde.

New Lanark Mill Hotel Room



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)


Meal or refreshment stop-off

Are you going to be travelling along the M74 between England and Scotland? Are you looking for a meal or refreshment stop with a difference? We’re about 20 minutes from junction 12. Book in advance and we can have everything ready for you when you arrive. Add a little extra time to your stop and visit The Mill Shop for those special Scottish souvenirs and gifts.

New Lanark Mill Shop


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.

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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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