Quarry Bank

View over Quarry Bank House in winter

Important notice -

The mill is closed while we install a passenger lift, fully reopening in summer 2018. All other areas of Quarry Bank are open throughout the mill works (Wed - Sun in winter), including the gardens. For more information, click 'Transforming the mill'.

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

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Christmas at Quarry Bank

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.

Child making stir up pudding in the Apprentice House at Christmas

Enjoy a family Christmas at Quarry Bank 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Quarry Bank! This festive season, you and your family can indulge in traditions old and new as we step back into a Georgian Christmas. From Wednesday 29 November 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018 you’re invited to celebrate with the child apprentice workers, and to travel back in time for Christmas in the home of the mill owning Greg family.

Upcoming events

A Georgian Christmas

Sat 16 Dec 2017
10:30-16:00
Join us this festive season and explore a traditional Georgian Christmas at Quarry Bank. Enjoy the sophisticated celebrations of the mill owning Gregs, and experience the humble festivities of the apprentices.

Christmas in the gardens

Sat 16 Dec 2017
10:30-16:00
For the first time, the Quarry Bank gardens will be open across the winter season with festive planting and Christmas activities.

SOLD OUT Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

Sat 16 Dec 2017
13:30-14:00
Wish lists at the ready! Join in with a special half-hour session of festive activities, including a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift.

Explore the Outdoors

Wed 24 Jan 2018
10:30-16:00
Head outside and discover all the wonderful wildlife and amazing family adventures you can have in the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank.

Lost Voices

Sat 03 Mar 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.
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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 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 living conditions in Styal were better than some adjacent towns, working 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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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