Quarry Bank

View of Quarry Bank Mill from the Upper Garden

One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived

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Things to see and do

Children walking in their wellies

Have fun in the school holidays at Quarry Bank

Have fun this February half term with our hands-on craft activity for children to make a welly peg. Bring your wellies along and join a free welly walk in the woods at 12.30pm and 2pm. See the what's on section for more details

A visiting group of adults enjoy the mill meadow

Group visits 

Bringing a group of 15+ people? Find out about our special offers for groups.

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What's on 

Upcoming events

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 13 Feb 2016
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them.

Unearthed exhibition

Sat 13 Feb 2016
10:30-17:00
The stories of Quarry Bank's gardens are entwined with those who created and cared for them. Discover how ten lives, past and present, have influenced the gardens and how over the last 200 years they have grown, evolved, declined and are now...

February Half Term

Mon 15 Feb 2016
11:00-16:00
Get your wellys ready to have extra fun this February half term with our free hands-on craft activity for children to make Welly Pegs.

Half term welly walks

Mon 15 Feb 2016
12:30-13:00
Bring your wellies and join us for a welly walk in the woods this half term.

How do you Recreate a Lost Garden?

Sat 20 Feb 2016
11:00-13:30
How do you recreate a lost garden? Join Archives and Collections Manager Alkestis Tsilika and Head Gardener Sarah Witts as they explain how we researched the records in our archive to restore the picturesque garden at Quarry Bank. See original...

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Sun 06 Mar 2016
13:00-15:00
Treat your Mum on Mother's Day with a delicious afternoon tea at Quarry Bank. Our afternoon tea includes a selection of dainty sandwiches, handmade scones with jam and cream, Victoria sponge, lemon posset, chocolate and ginger tart and dipped...
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Our work

Historic image of the Glasshouse with dogs sitting on the path outside

2016: Bringing the beautiful glasshouse back to life 

The glasshouse at Quarry Bank Mill is a very early example of an iron-framed hothouse, built sometime in the early 1830s. Find out more about its history and plans for a much-needed renovation.

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Eating and shopping

Buy your very own Victorian iPad in the Quarry Bank Shop

Shopping at Quarry Bank 

You can take a piece of Quarry Bank home with you with a purchase from our gift shop; pick up cloths and fabrics made on our very own looms. Peruse titles in our second-hand bookshop or even donate some unwanted books of your own.

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History

 A list of rules which were on a sign displayed to the workers at Quarry Bank Mill

Bringing the Archive to life 

There are lots of weird and wonderful items on show at Quarry Bank, but did you know that there are thousands more behind closed doors? Our Collections and Archive team are working to make more of the objects available for you to see online and in person.

Portrait of Samuel Greg who founded Quarry Bank

Samuel Greg and the beginnings of Quarry Bank 

Discover the origin of Quarry Bank and the man behind the vision, Samuel Greg.

Historic image of mill workers from Quarry Bank

Hard day's work 

Although the Gregs of Quarry Bank were kinder to their workforce than many in the era, living conditions in the Mill were still very tough.

Cast of the Mill on set at Quarry Bank

Channel 4's "The Mill" 

In 2013 and 2014, Quarry Bank inspired the historical drama series 'The Mill' on Channel 4. Based on the lives of real people, the drama told the story of young 19th century apprentices taking their lives into their own hands.

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Get involved

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Learning

Children in costume sit outside the Mill

Time to learn 

Students from primary school right through to university can benefit from our education programme. We can tailor sessions to meet your needs or you can enjoy self-led explorations to inspire.