Originally a cotton mill dating back over 200 years, New Lanark was remarkable for the work of mill owner Robert Owen. In a time of terrible working conditions and great inequality, Owen became a social revolutionary providing his workers with free healthcare and fair wages. In addition to this he even introduced a new educational system for the village which established the first Nursery school in the world, in New Lanark. His work is far from forgotten and today the visitor centre stands as testament to the pioneering approach he brought to the industrial age.
Today, New Lanark has been fully restored as a working community and attracts thousands of visitors a year who come to experience just what life was like for a mill worker and their family in the 19th century. For an interest filled day at an award winning Visitor Centre, this world heritage site has everything you need so why not experience its history first hand and plan a visit during your stay in Scotland.