Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank

Pumpkin

Take in some of the best views of Quarry Bank as autumn paints the river valley in hues of fiery red, golden yellow and warm copper tones. Paths wind down to the valley bottom passing by caves, cliffs and amazing trees. Then head to the walled garden to see what grows here from apples and pumpkins to brussels sprouts and giant spinach.

Autumn in the gardens

View of valley from the upper garden

Upper garden

Head to the upper gardens to take in some of best views of Quarry Bank, as our vast collection of trees put on a dramatic autumn display of fiery red, golden yellow and warm copper tones.

Autumn harvest produce including spring onions and kale

Kitchen garden

Stop by the kitchen gardens to see what herbs and vegetables are growing here, from pumpkins and brussels sprouts to kale, giant winter spinach, winter lettuce and spring onions. There’s also lots of apple varieties growing here too.

Chrysanthemum at Quarry Bank

Lower garden

Take in the flowering borders and cross over the garden bridges as the river Bollin flows by. Look out for deep orange and fiery auburn hues, and notice how the mills brickwork complements the gardens earthy autumnal tones.

" We turned down a declivity to Quarry Bank, a most enchanting spot. . . the grounds were truly picturesque and cultivated to the greatest extent."
- American illustrator and naturalist, John James Audubon, on his visit to Quarry Bank in 1826
Garden bridge at Quarry Bank

A rare example of the industrial picturesque

Quarry Bank’s gardens were created for the mill owning Greg family to enjoy, and reflected the family’s growing wealth and status, whilst the kitchen gardens provided food for their table. Set in an idyllic river valley, the formal gardens take advantage of the naturally dramatic setting, and are significant for the way they relate to the surrounding landscape, both natural and manmade. This is an example of the industrial picturesque, a new movement at the time Quarry Bank was first contructed. Today these landscapes are rare.

Visitor enjoying a hot drink in the gardens at Quarry Bank

Grab a bite to eat

Our upper garden cafe and ice-cream parlour have reopened and will initially be serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks, and some light snacks. We’ve introduced new safety measures including screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.