Quarry Bank

View over the gardens at Quarry Bank towards the mill

Important notice -

The mill will reopen with a brand new experience on Saturday 25 August. Before then the rest of Quarry Bank is open with lots to see and do, including school holiday activities.

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

Archive image of 3 women in Styal village

Discover the Lost Voices of Quarry Bank 

In 1918 the lives of women in Britain were changed forever when they were granted the right to vote. Except that right wasn’t granted to every woman. Until 7 October 2018, we’re exploring the Lost Voices of Quarry Bank, rediscovering the lives of women who didn't get the vote, and women who have been lost to history due to their age, status or means.

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.

Inflatable tiger and tea table in The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition

There’s a tiger coming to tea at Quarry Bank 

From 8 September to 28 October 2018 we have a very special, very stripy visitor at Quarry Bank. ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ is on a nationwide tour of National Trust places and is stopping in to see us for an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s classic.

Upcoming events

Lost Voices

Thu 16 Aug 2018
10:30-16:00
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Journeys of the Imagination

Thu 16 Aug 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.

Summer Holidays: Adventuring in the Americas

Thu 16 Aug 2018
11:00-16:00
Meet Edward Hyde Greg and travel with him on his eccentric adventures in the Americas. Wrestle an alligator and take part in mosquito mania.

Caring for Quarry Bank

Thu 16 Aug 2018
11:30-12:30
Join our expert archives and collections team every Thursday to discover how we look after and tell the stories of Quarry Bank.

Lost Voices Exhibition Tour

Fri 17 Aug 2018
14:30-15:30
Join our programming team every Friday and every second and forth Saturday of the month for a special tour of our Lost Voices exhibition.

Summer Holidays: Moving to the Mill

Mon 20 Aug 2018
11:00-16:00
During the Industrial Revolution lots of workers migrated north in search of work. Journey along the canal with 9 year old Rebekah Steevens and her family as they travel to Quarry Bank
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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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Get involved

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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