Quarry Bank (NT)

Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

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The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)
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  • Glasshouse looking through cut flowers at Quarry Bank (NT)
  • 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

Please check the National Trust website for the most up to date opening times and prices. (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

Directions

Road Directions

Follow signs for airport and then B5166 to Cheadle. Stay on B5166 past Styal village and Quarry Bank Mill is signposted.

Public Transport Directions

By cycle- NCN6, 1.5 miles. RCR85, 0.5 mile

By train- Styal ½ mile; Manchester Airport 2 miles; Wilmslow 2 miles

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    Recent Reviews:

    • KatherineAitch1
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Nice but not at £19
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 8th January 2023
      It is overpriced and there are other mills which go into more detail about the technical process of weaving and textiles making. Read full review
    • mrlandy65
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Ted Talk
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 21st January 2023
      You haven't had a Ted talk until you have been to Quarry bank mill. Ted the guide in the apprentice house was excellent, fully informative and really got into character and took you right back in... Read full review
    • Kathryn T
      Trip Type:
      Family
      One of the best National Trust sites we've visited
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 4th February 2023
      Me & my family really enjoyed our day here. It is one of the best National Trust sites we've been to. We headed first for a tour around the Apprentice House where our enthusiastic & highly... Read full review

    Facilities

    Other

    • Snowdrops found here

    Accessibility

    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (charge)

    Payment Methods

    • Delta accepted
    • Diners Club accepted
    • Groups Accepted
    • JCB accepted
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates
    • Visa accepted

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • German printed material

    Provider Facilities

    • Civil Weddings
    • Conference facilities
    • Dogs Accepted
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    Provider Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Tours and Demonstrations

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

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01625 445896

    Tel: 01625 445896

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