Quarry Bank (NT)

Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

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The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)
  • The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)
  • 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOLLOWING COVID-19

- Pre-booking on the National Trust Website is essential.

- You must arrive within 10 minutes of your allocated time slot.

- You must be able to show your ticket - either printed or on a mobile. 

- Campervans are not allowed for overnight stays.

- Caravans and coaches are not permitted at all. 

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Guide Prices

On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry.
Adult £15, Child £7.50, Family £37.50, Family (1 adult) £22.50

Opening Times

Mill & Apprentice House - Check website for opening times (1 Jan 2021 - 1 Nov 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Garden - Check website for opening times (11 Feb 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes

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:

    • William M
      Bournemouth, United Kingdom
      Top spot, but why be ashamed of history.
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 20th July 2021
      Fantastic illustration of the pioneering approach that entrepreneurs were willing to take despite huge risks; and their skill at practical problem solving. Youngsters can marvel at this typical... Read full review
    • simonrstones
      Bolton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A wonderful day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 27th July 2021
      Quarry Bank Mill is a hidden gem of Cheshire, as you step back in time exploring the cotton mill located along the River Bollin. You can see why it is regarded as one of the most preserved textile... Read full review
    • 111merylb
      Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Wild and old
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 30th July 2021
      Enjoyed the tour around the impressive building of the mill, also enjoyed the walled garden and orangery, but the rest of the gardens are very overgrown, with japanese knotweed in evidence. It needs... Read full review

    Facilities

    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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