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New Lanark

Discover New Lanark with DFDS

In 1785, the then state-of-the-art cotton mill center on the Clyde River was built by David Dale. Today, due to its historical importance, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic settlement first became famous when the textile factory ran from 1800 to 1825 by the social reformer and director Robert Owen. Life in New Lanark changed with new ideas and opportunities that were ahead of the times - old customs were abolished and the settlement shone in a new light.

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Time travel into the past

Let yourself be carried away by the fascinating history of New Lanark and Robert Owen at the award-winning visitor centre. After the introduction of social systems, the factory area gradually became a village community with a school, infirmary, village shop, library and other social meeting places. Relax with a stroll through the village and experience how people lived in Owen's time. A highlight of every visitor is the New Millennium Experience Ride, an impressive audiovisual show in which a time traveler from the year 2200 addresses those issues that were of great importance in the 18th century.

Leisure activities in the region

During your stay in Scotland, enjoy the unique combination of relaxation in untouched nature and tributes to the past. New Lanark is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde and invites to enojy relaxed forest walks and wildlife viewing but also allows sports enthusiasts to get their money's worth by following a bike tour through nature or go canoeing. For fishermen, the region offers many opportunities to pursue their hobby in lakes and rivers. For adrenaline addicts, sports such as paragliding or flying with a microlight are offered.

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World Heritage Site

In December 2001, the Cotton Colour Centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. New Lanark became famous for the successor of the founder of the factory Robert Owen - from 1800 to 1825, he put the entire work process into practice for the sake of sustainability and socially fair treatment of employees. Robert Owen believed that happy employees increase the production process, and he was right. After he had abolished child labor and flogging, introduced a kind of health insurance and established a pension fund for his employees, the productivity grew. In addition to these measures, Robert Owen also engaged in the construction of social facilities on the site, which benefited the staff and families.