Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank Mill from the upper

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.

Father Christmas meeting a child at Quarry Bank

A Quarry Bank Christmas 

Create family memories this Christmas at Quarry Bank on 3 - 4 and 10 - 11 December. Enjoy dressing up, a Christmas trail, storytelling, and a visit to Father Christmas.

Upcoming events

A Quarry Bank Christmas

Sat 10 Dec 2016
10:30-15:30
Join us for traditional festive fun in the mill, with dressing up, a Christmas trail to follow and activities to enjoy.

A Women's Work is Never Done Launch event

Sat 21 Jan 2017
10:30-15:30
Join us as we launch the 'A Woman's Work is Never Done' exhibition, where you can have a book signed by cartoonist and illustrator Jacky Fleming, hear balladeer and songstress Jennifer Reid and find out more about the Women in Quarry Bank's past...

A Woman's Work is Never Done exhibition

Sat 21 Jan 2017
10:30-16:00
From the girls who lived and worked in the Apprentice House to the ladies in the Greg family, women form the backbone of the Quarry Bank story. This exhibition shines a light on the experiences of the women and girls whose stories have often been...

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 11 Feb 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.

Behind the scenes - machines

Sat 18 Feb 2017
13:00-15:00
One Saturday a month we invite you join us as we look at the Mill and its machinery in more depth. Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.

February half term fun

Mon 20 Feb 2017
11:00-16:00
Make computer coded necklaces using binary beads to spell out your name, and take a clothes peg and lollipop stick engineering challenge
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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.