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Notice: Please note the Apprentice House will be closed on Friday 25th and Wednesday 30th April due to filming.

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

Quarry Bank overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution. A visit to the cotton mill, built in 1784, and powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, will certainly stimulate your senses.

The clattering and whirring of our heritage machinery and steam engines make an astonishing noise. Explore the progression of the cotton industry from the mediaeval era through to the 19th century, speak to our knowledgeable demonstrators to find out more. Enjoy our changing programme of exhibitions - there's always something new to see.

Take a guided tour of the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the Mill and learn about their working and home lives.

Visit the stunning gardens, the Greg family's picturesque valley retreat adjoining the Mill. Follow our progress as we restore the Upper garden and the sadly dilapidated curvilinear glasshouses.

Stroll to Styal village, built by the Greg family to house the Mill workers, and still a thriving community, or walk through ancient woods along the River Bollin.

Quarry Bank Revealed

Quarry Bank Mill workers on bridge c1890 © Quarry Bank Images

Quarry Bank Mill workers on bridge c1890

Our blog is full of stories from the archives, staff and volunteers and tales about Quarry Bank's past, present and future.

Style at Styal, 1850-1950

New exhibition Style at Styal features recreation of costumes © Quarry Bank Images

New exhibition Style at Styal features recreation of costumes

Sat 18 Jan - Sun 1 June

Find out what fashion meant to the Greg family, the mill workers and the tenants of Styal village in this brand new exhibition. The exhibition includes images from the archive and beautiful recreations of costumes.


What's coming up in 2014

Victorian visitors at the Mill © Paul Harris

Victorian visitors at the Mill

We've got loads of fantastic events lined up for you in 2014.

From talks, walks, outdoor theatre performances and brand-new exhibitions to family activities over the school holidays and our Victorian-themed events, there's something for everyone to get involved in.

Treasures from Quarry Bank

Thomas Greg with his family, including Samuel Greg © Quarry Bank Mill Images

Thomas Greg with his family, including Samuel Greg

Search through our collection of wonderful objects, from looms to portraits, which help tell the stories of Quarry Bank.

The Mill on Channel 4

Win a piece of ’The Mill’ drama

Series 2 of the hit drama series will return this summer.

Find out all about series 1 which was based on the lives of the mill owners, workers and apprentices of Quarry Bank Mill in the 1830s.

Useful stuff

  • Travel in time

    Explore the fascinating history of Quarry Bank, and learn about the Gregs and their workers.

  • Wonderful walks

    Tread in the apprentices footsteps or explore ancient woods of Styal estate.

  • Navigate your way

    Download our welcome leaflet and get to know Quarry Bank inside out before you've arrived.

Quarry Bank Project

We’ve launched a £1.4m appeal to tie the threads of Quarry Bank's story together.

Part of the Project includes restoring a worker's cottage and the Upper garden.

Here's what we plan to do...