Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank

Daffodils on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank

Take a stroll through the picturesque gardens and soak up some of the best views of Quarry Bank as spring brings this special place to life. From the first blossom and beautiful bluebells to the heritage rhododendrons putting on a show towards the end of the season, there's something new to discover every time you visit.

Visitors in the spring gardens at Quarry Bank

Summer gardens at Quarry Bank

From the picturesque riverside gardens which twist and turn down to the valley bottom, to the walled garden with its historic glasshouses - Quarry Bank is awash with colour and looking its best summer.

" 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
Quarry Bank gardens in Spring

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.


Grab a bite to eat

Our ice-cream parlour in the mill yard is 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.