Quarry Bank

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

Quarry Bank visitors looking at exhibition

Rights of the Child exhibition 

Our new 2019 exhibition explores the ‘Rights of the Child’. Come along to discover the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank, on the front line of the Industrial Revolution.

Enjoying the summer garden

Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank 

Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as spring gives way to summer.

Step into spring at Quarry Bank

Spring days out at Quarry Bank 

Feel the joys of spring and blow away the winter cobwebs at Quarry Bank. As the weather is fresh and getting warmer, bluebells appear, bird song is louder and the smell of spring blooms is in the air. Stretch your legs and get outside as nature wakes from its winter slumber. Explore the estate, take a stroll through the gardens and get close to nature. Find out more here!

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

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Mon 20 May 2019
10:30-16:00
Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

Rights of the Child

Mon 20 May 2019
10:30-17:00
In this new exhibition, explore the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank and discover how children's rights have changed over time.

Have-a-go - Nature Explorers

Sat 25 May 2019
13:00-15:00
Every month in Spring you can have a go at a wild outdoor activity at Quarry Bank. From pond-dipping to wild art, there's always a new adventure to enjoy.

May half-term - Right to Play Around the World

Mon 27 May 2019
11:00-16:00
Play your way around the world this half-term as we explore different games from across the globe.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 08 Jun 2019
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Suitable for children 6 months - 4 years. Please book your tickets in advance.

Outdoor Theatre: Treasure Island

Thu 04 Jul 2019
19:00-21:30
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone's favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
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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 National Lottery Heritage 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.

Image of Quarry Bank workers in military uniform

The First World War at Quarry Bank 

The First World War shattered lives and left lasting legacies for families and industries across the globe. To mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the War being signed, we've highlighted just a few of the stories from Quarry Bank from 1914 - 1918. Explore our digital exhibition to find out about the men and women from the Greg family and Styal village who served.

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.

Image of the waterwheel at Quarry Bank

Power at Quarry Bank 

The history of power at Quarry Bank encompasses the harnessing of a mighty river, a series of steam engines, a leap of faith in water turbines and, above all, the hard work of skilled labourers. Discover the story of power at Quarry Bank in this digital exhibition.

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Get involved

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Venue hire

Quarry Bank - 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