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

Imagery from 'The Clockwork Garden' exhibition and event

Our major summer exhibition The Clockwork Garden has arrived... 

From May to September experience the gardens as you never have before with a brand new family adventure from The House of Fairy Tales.

Cutting a slice of cake

New Garden Cafe now open

We’re pleased to announce that the new garden cafe is open. Sit in the beautiful surroundings of the garden and enjoy tea, cake and a range of snacks and sandwiches. Garden admission charges apply.

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.

Upcoming events

The Clockwork Garden

Tue 31 May 2016
The Clockwork Garden exhibition will be an interactive installation filling the space with its strange metallic fronds. Within it you will find a puppet theatre in a hedge, make cloud-gazing poems, add blooms of joy to the garden, marvel at...

May half term

Tue 31 May 2016
Weave friendship bracelets and help us to do some yarn bombing. You can also relax and play with deckchairs, grass furniture, activities and games before heading on your Clockwork Garden Adventure.

Behind the scenes tours

Wed 01 Jun 2016
Join us on guided tours led by the Quarry Bank team. Whether it's delving into the archive, exploring the woods, or learning about steam power, there's something to get stuck into every day. Tours last approx. half an hour.

Quarry Bank present LipService Theatre Company

Sat 04 Jun 2016
See cult comedy theatre company LipService in a brand new promenade show about the Gregs of Quarry Bank. LipService will be taking you around Manchester city centre, bringing their own sideways take on the Gregs and how they interacted with well...

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 11 Jun 2016
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Please book your free ticket in advance

Jennifer Reid sings Broadside Ballads

Sun 12 Jun 2016
Broadside ballads were popular folk songs of the 19th century. Jennifer will be performing a selection of ballads in the Mill, by the machines which inspired them so long ago. Part of the Manchester Histories Festival 2016
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Our work

Beautiful view down across the Garden to the Mill

The Quarry Bank Project 

Find out more about our £9.4 million project that will transform the way you experience Quarry Bank. With new areas of the site opening, restoration work, new events and activities, there is a lot happening here at Quarry Bank...

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

Quarry Bank Cotton Fabric available in our 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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 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

Volunteers working in the Apprentice House garden

Four ways to join in 

Take a look at how you can get involved with helping our work at Quarry Bank. See how you can join our volunteer team with a variety of roles, or help in other vital ways.

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Venue hire

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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.