Quarry Bank

Important notice -

Due to recent flooding, the children’s play area and footpath to the hydro remain closed. All other areas are open as usual. Thank you for your support.

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

Children playing on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank

Summer days out at Quarry Bank 

Bring the family, and step into summer at Quarry Bank. With a complete industrial heritage site to discover, acres of gardens and woodland to explore, and two play areas, there are plenty of places to play. This summer, join in with a jam packed programme of summer activities all inspired by the great outdoors.

Local school pupils and commuity groups drumming on the mill meadow

Glorious Phantoms at Quarry Bank 

200 years after the Peterloo Massacre, discover newly commissioned artworks inspired by conversations about rights, responsibilities, freedoms and the power to create change.

Visitors studying a protest banner made for the Rights of the Child 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 at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank 

Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of summer.

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

Sun 25 Aug 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

Sun 25 Aug 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.

Glorious Phantoms

Sun 25 Aug 2019
10:30-17:00
200 years after the Peterloo Massacre, two films created by artist family Gary, Grace, Hope and Merrick will inspire conversations about rights and responsibilities, freedoms and the power to create change. Shown at Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey

Summer holidays: Strike a chord

Mon 26 Aug 2019
11:00-17:00
Quarry Bank’s machines and River Bollin form a unique rhythm. Come along this summer and explore new ways to create and enjoy music with us.

Water Power Tour

Wed 28 Aug 2019
14:30-15:00
Join one of our expert team for a specialised tour on all things water power.

Conservation in Action

Thu 29 Aug 2019
11:30-12:30
Come and join our dedicated conservation team as they help to care and conserve Quarry Bank so it is here for years to come.
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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.

Textile testing at Quarry Bank

Textile testing at Quarry Bank  

The Quarry Bank collection is diverse, containing an extensive archive and collection, thousands of documents and objects from the last 250 years. Among these are a collection of machines and apparatus from the mill’s textile testing room, a small area in the office wing of the mill where yarn and cloth were tested.

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