Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank Mill in the autumn

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.

Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood

An evening with historian Michael Wood 

Thursday 6 October, 7pm - 11pm. Join one of Britain's most popular historians and broadcasters, Michael Wood, for dinner and hear about his journey to bring history to life on the small screen. Tickets are £40 and include a two course dinner and a glass of wine. All proceeds will support the transformational project at Quarry Bank. Buy your tickets now.

Upcoming events

Exotic Guests and Alien Invaders exhibition

Tue 27 Sep 2016
10:30-16:30
Quarry Bank's picturesque garden was a carefully curated showcase of ingenuity and wealth, with a collection of plants and trees from all ends of the Earth. This has left Quarry Bank with a beautiful but challenging legacy, where plants that were...

Behind the scenes tours

Tue 27 Sep 2016
14:30-15:00
Join us on guided tours led by the Quarry Bank team. Whether it's delving into the archive, exploring the woods, or learning about steam power, there's something to get stuck into every day. Tours last approx. half an hour.

An Evening with historian Michael Wood

Thu 06 Oct 2016
19:00-23:00
Join one of Britain's most popular historians and broadcasters, Michael Wood, for dinner and a light hearted look at the challenges and joys of bringing history to life on the small screen.

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

Sat 08 Oct 2016
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

The Extraordinary Enticement of Exotic Plant Adventures

Sat 22 Oct 2016
12:00-12:30
This event takes place at Manchester Central Library. Join the Eminent adventurer Professor Jigget as he recites - to you, oh lucky listener - the very explorations that have lead to the discovery of several botanic wonders.

Hunting for Infection

Mon 24 Oct 2016
10:30-16:00
This week only, hunt for the areas of infection in the Apprentice House and discover more about the gruesome parasites which invaded the children who worked at the mill in our special family focused Apprentice House tours.
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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...

Historic image of the Glasshouse with dogs sitting on the path outside

2016: Bringing the beautiful glasshouse back to life 

The glasshouse at Quarry Bank Mill is a very early example of an iron-framed hothouse, built sometime in the early 1830s. Find out more about its history and plans for a much-needed renovation.

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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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Get involved

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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.