Lanark Travel Guide

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Lanark Things to Do

  • Ghosts, Strange Noises and Time Travel

    The Robert Owen's School for Children is full of exciting attractions such as the Annie McLeod Story, Historic Classroom, and an Interactive Gallery. Annie McLeod is a mill girl from the year 1820. Her ghost appears on center stage through the use of some clever technology while a 3D film of her schooldays and life in New Lanark is shown behind...

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  • Schooling in New Lanark - early 19th...

    In an age when children worked as chimney sweeps, labored down the mines, or worked in mills and received little education, New Lanark was heaven. David Owen introduced free education for everybody. Just how enlightened he was is shown in various exhibits at the New Lanark, World Heritage Site.In 1809 he set up Nursery Buildings, the first nursery...

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  • Living in New Lanark

    The hustle and bustle of New Lanark as a working town of 2,500 people has gone. The movement to and from work, the barefoot children, the horses and carts, the washing lines, the gossip, the roar of machinery, the clang of the bell regulating the working day, and the constant hustle and bustle has all disappeared. The houses and ghosts remain, but...

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  • The Falls of Clyde

    When I see Cora Linn, one of the waterfalls of the River Clyde in full spate, the force of natural power takes my breath away. The waterfalls are among the most impressive I have seen. Even in ordinary weather they are inspiring; water cascading down rocky gorges overhung with trees, masses of ferns and mossy vegetation. In spate their grandeur is...

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  • MILL NUMBER ONE

    Opened in 1998 on the former site of Mill Number One, the New Lanark Mill Hotel makes a great base for would-be utopian students, travelers to the waist of Scotland - both Edinburgh and Glasgow are short rail journeys away - and naturalists who want to enjoy the beauty of the Falls of the Clyde. The original mill dated to 1785 and boasting three...

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  • YOUTH HOSTEL - WEE ROW

    There are some unique youth hostels in Scotland - i.e. an old whisky warehouse is used at Port Charlotte on Islay - and here in New Lanark is another example. Built as the Wee Row in 1795, this tenement block was converted to a youth hostel in 1994 and serves as the alternate overnight base for visitors as opposed to the New Lanark Mill Hotel....

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  • CLYDE WALKWAY

    Finished in 2005, it is possible to walk from the Partick station in Glasgow (home to Partick Thistle, the forgotten third football team of Glasgow) all the way to New Lanark some 40 miles away. The most interesting part of the path is here around the Falls of the Clyde and New Lanark. A ten mile loop encompassing all four of the waterfalls -...

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  • FALLS OF THE CLYDE

    Immortalized in poetry by William Wordsworth and the subject of paintings by William Turner, the waterfalls consist of four waterfalls on the River Clyde. Most visitors visit the upper three falls being fairly close together - the fourth, Stonebyres Linn (linn is waterfall in Gaelic) is several miles downstream. Walking from New Lanark to the upper...

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  • ROBERT OWEN'S HOUSE

    This home was built for the original mill manager during the period when the mills were operated by David Dale. When Robert Owen brought his new wife Caroline here in 1799, it became their home. The home has several exhibits devoted to the family and their lives. The home next door was originally the home of David Dale - so it might have been...

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  • WATER POWER

    Cotton-spinning machinery at New Lanark utilized water power to turn their wheels. New inventions in the late 18th century allowed raw cotton to be spun into useable thread in a much easier and faster procedure than was previous. New Lanark became one of the first true factories of the Industrial Revolution. Water from the Clyde was funneled...

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  • WORKER HOUSING

    Seven tenement blocks were built to house the mill's workers and their families. Five of the blocks have been restored and have either been converted to houses, rental apartments or in the case of the Wee Row - built 1795 - a youth hostel. About 200 people live in New Lanark today. Braxfield Row and the Long Row were restored by private individuals...

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  • NEW BUILDINGS

    Built in 1798, the New Buildings were built as worker housing and an exhibits demonstrates what a working family's home might have looked like. The bell tower atop the building was used to ring workers to the mills, but today is used to ring at midnight of the last day of the year. There are several apartments in the building still rented out to...

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  • SCHOOL

    One year after the Institute was opened, this three story school became the first dedicated school for working class children in Scotland - 1817. Children attended class here fulltime from the age of six to ten. After ten, the children went to work in the mills, though many continued to attend evening classes also held here. Today, the school is...

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  • VISITOR CENTRE/INSTITUTE

    The Institute for the Formation of Character, sounding like something out of '1984' or the old 'The Prisoner' television series, was opened in 1816. The building served Owen's revolutionary attempt to pre-shape children who lived and worked at the mills by improving their environment and giving them a rudimentary education. Britain's first infant...

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  • MILL NUMBER FOUR

    Fire was always a worry in a cotton mill. Mill Number One burnt very early into its operations, in 1786, though it was quickly rebuilt and online again by 1789. Mill Number Four was built in 1791 and was initially used as a storehouse and dormitory for 275 working orphans. This mill burnt down in 1883 and was not rebuilt. A waterwheel - not...

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  • MILLS NUMBER TWO AND THREE

    Mill Two was built in 1788 and its three waterwheels kept 486 people employed. There is a large gift shop - The Yarn Shop - is on the second floor with the upper floors devoted to the "New Lanark Experience" - a disneyesque adventure into New Lanark's past, complete with talking holograms - ghosts - and a ride - the "Millennium Experience" - where...

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  • Walk around New Lanark

    It is a lovely place to walk around - the grounds are nice and immaculate and it is right on the River Clyde. You can hike to the Falls of Clyde and have a nice picnic.

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  • Visit the working cotton mill

    Some of the mill machinery is still in use to demonstrate the process of making cotton yarn. The machinery is pretty amazing.

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Lanark Hotels

See all 3 Hotels in Lanark
  • Popinjay Hotel

    15 Lanark Rd, (formerly Best Western), Rosebank, ML8 5QB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Craigend Bed and Breakfast

    Westoun, Near Coalburn, Lanark, ML11 0NH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Lovat Hotel

    90 Glasgow Road, Baronald Bank, Lanark, Lanarkshir

Lanark Transportation

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    by mtncorg Written Oct 16, 2007

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    Lanark is a straight shot by train from Glasgow Central - the train line is downstairs - with a cost of 4.95 pounds one way and about a 50-60 minute journey. To get from the train station down to the village, it is about a mile walk - just follow the signs to "New Lanark" - or a 4 pound taxi ride.

    Train at the Lanark rail station
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Lanark Warnings and Dangers

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    by kathymof Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    The main parking lot is quite a bit higher than the visitor area - there is a nice paved path to walk but it is on the steep side. It is not advisible for someone with mobility or breathing issues. If youhave mobility or breathing issues, you can drive straight to the visitors area. The upper parking area is really only necessary when the visitor area is full or during busy season. It is a large parking lot so there must be a lot of visitors at times. The weather was not too nice when I was there in early May so I was able to just drive into the center to park.

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