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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.
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.
What's coming up in 2015
We've got loads of fantastic events lined up for you in 2015.
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
Search through our collection of wonderful objects, from looms to portraits, which help tell the stories of Quarry Bank.
Drawn Out of Love exhibition
10 Jan - 19 Apr
Drawn out of Love will captivate and charm you. Explore the lives of artists Barbara Greg and Norman Janes, whose work was inspired by nature, industry and each other.
Meet journalist and author Elizabeth Grice, and hear how they inspired her to publish her recent book, ‘Norman Janes: Wood Engravings and the Man’.
Join the couple’s great-grandaughter, Lily Cheetham for her adult creative workshop and learn how to create your own prints.
Quarry Bank Revealed
Explore the fascinating history of Quarry Bank, and learn about the Gregs and their workers.
Tread in the apprentices footsteps or explore ancient woods of Styal estate.
Download our welcome leaflet and get to know Quarry Bank inside out before you've arrived.
The Quarry Bank Project is a £9.4 million project that will be running for four years, from 2015-2019. It has been made possible by a combination of fundraising, funds from the National Trust and a £3.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Here's what we plan to do...