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Notice: The water wheel will be out of action from Monday 17 November whilst we carry out important restoration works.

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's archive provided the inspiration for Channel 4's popular drama The Mill.

The Mill series 2

Taking a break on the set of series 2 of the Mill © Ryan McNamara Channel 4

Taking a break on the set of series 2 of the Mill

The Mill on Channel 4 returned to our screens this July for its second series.
Once more it was inspired by the history of Quarry Bank; its people and its places.

Find out more about Series 2

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.

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.

Heroes of Adventure

Arthur Tylston Greg took this photo in the trenches

In 2014, we explored what happened to Quarry Bank during the First World War in this exhibition, with stories from the Greg family, workers and the Mill itself.

 

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  • 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 £1.9m 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...

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