Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank

The gardens are 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.

The restored glasshouse with summer flowers

Upper garden and glasshouse

In the upper garden explore the restored glasshouse with its stunning curved design and array of exotic plants and fruit. Take a wander through to the back sheds to find out about the lives of Quarry Bank's gardeners in the nineteenth century. In the kitchen garden you can spot the spectacular views over to the mill, or pop into the garden café for a slice of cake or an ice cream.

View over the garden at Quarry Bank

Lower garden

The lower garden is bursting with lovely things to see. Explore the ornamental ladies garden created by Robert Hyde Greg in the 1860s, stroll alongside the meandering river to spot some of our rare rhododendrons. If you're visiting as a family, be sure to ask for a tracker pack. With binoculars, microscope and ID sheets you can spot all manner of bugs, birds and wonderful wildlife that live in the garden.

The Apprentice House at Quarry Bank

Apprentice House Garden

In the Apprentice House garden you can see where the children who worked at the mill grew their own fruit and vegetables, as well as herbs for nineteenth century medicines. Explore the heritage trees in the orchard or spot dragonflies, damselflies and even grass snakes in the garden pond.