Quarry Bank (NT)

Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

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The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)
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  • Stunning gardens at Quarry Bank (NT)
  • Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites

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Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, mill owners and how the Industrial Revolution changed our world forever.

On your visit, you can explore the domestic life of the mill-owning Greg family in their home, Quarry Bank House. Or wander through the stunning picturesque gardens that rise up the banks of the river valley for stunning views and spectacular changes through the seasons. In the restored glasshouse and kitchen garden, you can see the array of exotic fruits and vegetables that were grown for the wealthy Gregs' table.

For an alternative view of life in the Industrial Revolution, take a guided tour of the Apprentice House to step into the lives of the pauper children who worked 10 hours a day in the mill. Or stroll to Styal village to see how many of the other workers lived. In the village hub, a permanent exhibition explores the living conditions of the workers compared to life in the centre of Manchester. A tour of a two-up-two-down worker's cottage offers an insight into more than 150 years of history and invites you to compare your life to those of the workers.

On the estate there are acres of woodland to explore. Follow the meandering path of the river Bollin as you look out for an array of wildlife and beautiful views.

Situated in the historic site of the original Weaving Shed, the mill café now offers you a place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal after exploring all that Quarry Bank has to offer. Alternatively you can head to the garden café to enjoy the surroundings with a light lunch or a slice of cake, or treat yourself to an ice cream from Stables Ice Cream Parlour.

In the mill and garden shops, you’ll find a range of gifts, homeware and garden products. For a unique souvenir, make sure you pick up a Quarry Bank glass cloth, which has been woven on heritage looms in the mill.

Dogs on leads are welcome around the wider estate and on a short lead in the mill yard, garden, Styal village, and footpaths through the main visitor areas of Quarry Bank.

Dogs on leads are welcome to join you if you are visiting the Upper Garden Café.

Dogs are welcome in the visitor welcome building, the upper garden shop and the mill yard shop.

Only assistance dogs are permitted inside the Weaving Shed Restaurant, Mill, Quarry Bank House, the Apprentice House, Village Hub and Workers Cottage.

There are four great walks around the Quarry Bank estate that are ideal to explore with your dog all year round. They take anywhere between twenty minutes to two and a half hours to complete. For more information speak to a member of the visitor reception team.

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Opening Times

Winter (30 Oct 2023 - 31 Mar 2024)
DayTimes
Wednesday - Sunday10:30 - 16:00
Summer (1 May 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00

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Directions

Road Directions

Quarry Bank is located off the B5166. Follow the A555 and exit at the Hollin Lane/ Style Road junction. Follow the brown oak leaf heritage signs.

Sat Nav: use postcode SK9 4HP to get to Quarry Bank and follow brown heritage signs.

Public Transport Directions

Cycling - NCN6, 1½ miles. RCR85, ½ mile. Cycle route information 

As a thank you for arriving car-free, enjoy 10% off in our restaurant, café or ice cream parlour, when you show a bus or train ticket with the day’s date on it, or a bike helmet. Find out more about exploring car-free Cycle route information 

Train - Styal train station is 1/2 mile walk/ 12 minutes from Quarry Bank. Manchester Airport is 2 miles away; Wilmslow train station is 2 miles away, approximately a 40 minute walk. As a thank you for arriving car-free, enjoy 10% off in our restaurant, café or ice cream parlour, when you show a bus or train ticket with the day’s date on it, or a bike helmet. Find out more about exploring car-free

Car-free - Travel the green way and help us preserve this special place. As a thank you for arriving car-free, enjoy 10% off in our restaurant, café or ice cream parlour, when you show a bus or train ticket with the day’s date on it, or a bike helmet. Find out more about exploring car-free

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Chris L
      Oldham, United Kingdom
      Fantastic place, well worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd February 2024
      Fantastic place to visit, went at Feb half term as my Grandsons next school project was cotton mills. We had a great day, the staff are friendly and informative and we all found the entire visit very... Read full review
    • Bhamtravelfan
      Birmingham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      The world needs to know about this wonderful place
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 24th February 2024
      Outstanding museum documenting world class historically important evolution of the textile industry in England. This place should be a world heritage site in my opinion. Read full review
    • YorkshireGirlies
      Bradford, United Kingdom
      Interesting Mill/Excellent Apprentice House Guide
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 26th February 2024
      Really enjoyed our day at Quarry Bank Cotton Mill. Very interesting and great to see the old looms, working machinery and a working waterwheel. The house is nice too, quite modest compared to some... Read full review

    Facilities

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    • Snowdrops found here - Snowdrops, bluebells, sweetpeas, Iris & peony found here

    Accessibility

    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print guide, tactile images and braille guides available.
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors  - Designated disabled parking area, accessible route, and map. Level access to food outlet and shops. Powered mobility vehicle and wheelchairs available to borrow. Changing Places toilet facility. Shuttle buggy service, lift in the Mill.
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Provider Facilities

    • Dogs Accepted - Dogs under close control are welcome.

    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Demonstrations Given
    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01625 527468

    Tel: 01625 527468

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