The old mill, New Lanark

We’ve been to New Lanark many, many times over the years. Why? The answer is pretty obvious: walking in the Scottish woods! A visit to the World Heritage Site of New Lanark is a must for families and couples alike who love nature. It is also the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde.  This means lots of wildlife! You’ll also have a chance to see the waterfalls.

All history buffs should take a ride on the Annie McLeod Experience’ to experience what life was like in Lanark and learn about the history of this area. The Annie McLeod Experience’ is an amazing interactive experience that will put you back in time during the 1800s and will show you what life was like for local children and villagers.

Exploring New Lanark with Kids

New Lanark
Old buildings

New Lanark Ticket Prices & Opening Dates

For the latest prices and opening times, you are best checking directly on the New Lanark website as prices may change yearly. Included in your ticket price is the following:

  • Annie McLeod Experience Ride
  • Robert Owen’s School for Children
  • People, Cotton & Machinery
  • Millworkers’ House
  • Robert Owen’s House
  • Village Store
  • Roof Garden
  • Temporary Exhibitions

This is a great price for everything that is included. We didn’t get to see everything when we visited but we were not there all day. If you are just going for a walk, then of course you do not have to pay for access to the hiking trails.

What will you find at New Lanark…

A bit of background info about New Lanark. Robert Owen was a social pioneer who provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care and a new education system for the villagers of New Lanark. He also provided the village with the first workplace nursery school in the world.

You travel back in time on the Annie Mcleod Experience where Annie the mill girl tells you her story and teaches you and your family what life was like in New Lanark back in the 1820s.

It is very educational and my children have always seemed really interested in learning when we have been.

New Lanark
The Machines

There are lots to see in New Lanark that is included in your ticket price and you will learn a lot and also see a lot from this beautifully restored mill. You can visit the historic classroom and let your children dress up and have some fun in the old-style classroom. There is the village store, the house exhibits (where you get to see the difference between an 1820s house and a 1930’s house), there is also the mill managers house, Robert Owen’s house to explore too. If your kids still have energy after seeing all of the above then there is also a play area for them to burn some energy off in.

Food & Drink at New Lanark

Once you have finished your tour around the mill, you will find your way to the Mill Cafe. Here you will find a range of lunches, cakes, juice and tea & coffee. The prices are reasonable and the food is delicious. There is also a picnic area in the outdoor play area.

Again, if you are just visiting New Lanark for the hiking trails then you can enter the cafe without visiting/paying for all the other visitor attractions.

New Lanark
Lots of reading to do


New Lanark is a great family day out in Lanarkshire. There are lots to see and explore. There is beautiful scenery and new Lanark walks for the kids to explore.  The paid-for attractions are interactive which I think the children learn more from. Lots to do on a family day out.

* Reviews are my own opinion. I haven’t been paid in any way for writing this.

New Lanark

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I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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