Quarry Bank

View over the gardens to Quarry Bank House and the 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

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.

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The Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!) 

You'd better be ready to put in a hard day's work at Quarry Bank this summer! From Saturday 29 April to Sunday 10 September we'll be putting you through your paces on an interactive family exhibition and trail. Join us for the Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!), inspired by Sir Tony Robinson's captivating Worst Jobs series.

Upcoming events

Bob-in Sessions

Tue 25 Apr 2017
14:30-15:15
Join us at 2:30pm each day Monday-Friday for a special talk or tour from one of our teams.

The Worst Children's Jobs in History - Launch event

Sat 29 Apr 2017
10:30-16:30
Celebrate the opening of the Worst Children' Jobs in History exhibition with a fun packed bank holiday weekend of grime, gore and graft.

The Worst Children's Jobs in History - at Quarry Bank

Sat 29 Apr 2017
10:30-16:30
Inspired by Sir Tony Robinson's Worst Jobs in History series, find out about the worst children's jobs at Quarry Bank this summer

Sir Tony Robinson family talk and book signing

Sat 29 Apr 2017
11:30-12:30
This event has now sold out, however our interactive family fun show is still available to book. Join Sir Tony Robinson as he opens our new exhibition based on his book - The Worst Children's Jobs in History (at Quarry Bank!)

The Worst Children's Jobs in History - Launch Show

Sat 29 Apr 2017
13:30-14:00
Experience our exciting and interactive Worst Children's Jobs in History show and see what it would have been like to be a child in the past.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 13 May 2017
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank, for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Please book your free ticket in advance.
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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...

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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 purchase from one of our gift shops; pick up cloths and fabrics made on our very own looms in the main shop and discover an array of plants and gardening items in our new 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 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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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.