Quarry Bank

View of mill at Quarry Bank

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

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Things to see and do

Quarry Bank garden shop

Garden shop now open

Our brand new garden shop is now open. You can find it behind the glasshouse with a great range of garden themed products. With plants for sale, gardening books, garden ornaments, and a delicious range of jams and chutneys, the new shop has everything that a garden lover could wish for.

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

Go Batty!

Thu 25 Aug 2016
Head along the River Bollin to find out about the night time residents of Styal estate, includes a tasty bat shaped biscuit.

The Clockwork Garden

Fri 26 Aug 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...

Summer holidays - farewell to the mechanical seed

Fri 26 Aug 2016
The mechanical seed is almost ready to leave Quarry Bank. To bid farewell to the seed before it launches back into space the Garden Philosophers will assemble once again to make sure that it has all the knowledge that it needs to make planet...

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 10 Sep 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

Heritage Open Day

Sat 10 Sep 2016
Quarry Bank opens its doors for free as part of Heritage Open Days.

Wild Weekend

Sat 24 Sep 2016
Celebrate all things outdoors at Quarry Bank. Find out more about our rangers and gardeners, enjoy outdoor activities, storytelling and discover what kinds of 'aliens' invaded the apprentices' insides with the help of the University of...
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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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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.