Quarry Bank

View of Quarry Bank in autumn

One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, home to a complete industrial community

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.

October half-term and Halloween at Quarry Bank

Illustration showing the mill on a snowy day with two children making a snowman

Christmas Days Out at Quarry Bank 

Wrap up warm and explore all your favourite winter stories at Quarry Bank this Christmas. From Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019 you can step into fantastical tales and join in with Christmas crafts.

Upcoming events

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition

Tue 23 Oct 2018
10:30-16:30
Meet the iconic children's character, the Tiger Who Came to Tea, in a special pop-up exhibition celebrating 50 years since the publication of Judith Kerr's classic. In association with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books.

Journeys of the Imagination

Tue 23 Oct 2018
10:30-16:30
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

October Half Term - Been Through the Mill

Tue 23 Oct 2018
11:00-16:00
Find out about the gory accidents that happened to Quarry Bank’s mill workers. Discover what it was like to work with a disability in the past, meet a mill physician and compare historical treatments with today’s medical advances.

Spooky Tours

Fri 26 Oct 2018
18:30-19:15
An outbreak of plague has forced the mill to shut its doors. A quarantine is in place, but volunteers are needed to go inside and look for the victims. Are you brave enough to go in the mill and face what lies within the walls?

Halloween - Ghostly Goings-on at Quarry Bank

Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:00-16:00
Join us for a week of Halloween fun. Scare yourself on a spooky tour of the Apprentice House and toast a ghostly marshmallow over a campfire.

Murder Mystery Dinner - Scream if you know what you did last Halloween

Wed 31 Oct 2018
19:00-22:00
This delicious two course meal is the setting for the final blood-soaked dramatic scene of Absolute Murder Movies. The great Director Dick Golightly and his ever youthful star Rick O'Shea are in town for one night only.
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Our work

Head Gardener Sarah leads a group through the garden

The Quarry Bank Project 

Find out more about our £9.4 million project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that will transform the way you experience Quarry Bank.

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Eating and shopping

Visitors enjoying the mill café

Eating at Quarry Bank 

Whether you're looking for a hot meal, a light lunch, or just a snack, we've got the perfect places to eat at Quarry Bank.

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 buy from the mill or garden shop. Pick up cloths and fabrics made on Quarry Bank's heritage looms and discover an array of plants and gardening items in the garden shop. Peruse titles in our second-hand bookshop or even donate some unwanted books of your own.

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History

 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 living conditions in Styal were better than some adjacent towns, working conditions in the mill were still very tough.

Image of books from the workers' library at Quarry Bank

‘A counter-attraction to the public house’ Discovering the Workers’ Library at Quarry Bank 

Literary life at Quarry Bank tends to be associated with the mill-owning Greg family. But hidden within the collection lies the Workers' Library, a set of hundreds of books which were enjoyed by the mill workers and residents of Styal village in the early twentieth century. We've been discovering the secrets of the Workers' Library and its readers in collaboration with the University of Manchester.

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Venue hire

Venue hire

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Learning

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.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Quarry Bank on the National Trust Collections website