Exploring the gardens at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank offers a garden full of drama with spectacular views. Paths climb up from the valley bottom passing by caves, cliffs, amazing trees and rhododendrons. In the kitchen garden, the restored glasshouse and back sheds sparkle in the sunshine, and grow an array of exotic fruits.

two women stroll in the upper garden

Upper Garden

This year watch as the upper garden is restored to its former glory. The walled garden will once again become a working garden with a wonderful array of vegetables growing there. The derelict 1830's glasshouse that sits as the centrepiece of the garden will sparkle once again.

There will be so much to see throughout the year that will make you want to return again and again.

Take a sneak peek through our portholes and watch our work to restore the glasshouse. We will need to install over 7000 panes of glass by hand so there will be plenty to see!

In spring, a new garden cafe will open so you can enjoy a hot drink in this beautiful setting. By summer step inside the newly restored back sheds to discover the story of the garden for the first time and take a look in the new garden shop.

" 2017 is such a special year as we open the restored glasshouse to you all. We hope that you have a wonderful time enjoying the garden."
- Eleanor Underhill, General Manager
View over the garden at Quarry Bank

Lower Garden

The Lower Garden is bursting with lovely things to see. Home to the ornamental Ladies garden created by Robert Hyde Greg in the 1860s. Stroll alongside the meandering river and spot some of our rare rhododendrons. Stop at the former tennis lawn of the Gregs and admire their former family home, Quarry Bank House. Why not try one of garden games and get the whole family involved. If you have young children with you, be sure to ask for a tracker pack. With a binocular and microscope, they will be able to spot all manner of bugs that live in the garden.

The Apprentice House at Quarry Bank

Apprentice House Garden

Pop up the drive and visit the Apprentice House Garden, where the children who worked at the mill grew their own fruit and vegetables, as well as herbs for medicine.