Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank

Visitors in the gardens at Quarry Bank, apple orchards

The gardens are full of drama at this time of year, 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 plants.

The garden team will be out and about in all weathers this autumn

Autumn in the gardens

Autumn will see the gardens bursting with colour as nature puts on its greatest show this season. Look out for harvest produce in the walled garden and Apprentice House orchard, as well as late flowering herbaceous borders in front of the restored glasshouses. A team of 60 staff and volunteers look after the gardens at Quarry Bank. They'll be out and about in all weathers and happy to have a chat. This seasons jobs include mulching and cutting back. The gardens are also home to an array of wildlife. Listen out for Winchaffs, Tree Pipits and Wheatears, and if you're really lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a Red Kite or an Osprey.

Visitors in the glasshouse at Quarry Bank

Upper garden and glasshouse

In the upper garden explore the restored glasshouse with its stunning curved design and array of exotic seasonal 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 look out for harvest produce and enjoy spectacular views over to the mill.

Young family enjoying the gardens at Quarry Bank

Lower garden

The lower garden is bursting with autumn colour and lovely things to see. Take a stroll along the river, explore the ornamental gardens and see heritage trees planted by the mill owning Greg family in the 1790s.

Family in the apprentice house gardens 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 and look out for harvest produce.

A nuthatch in the gardens at Quarry Bank

Wildlife

The gardens are also home to an array of wildlife. Listen our for Winchaffs, Tree Pipits and Wheatears, and if you're really lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a Red Kite or an Osprey.

Coffee

New Garden Cafe - coming soon!

We’re currently building a new Garden Café which we expect to be opening by May 2020. Our temporary café proved extremely popular, and now we’re working to make this permanent with a new and improved design. To make this happen, the café will be closed from 9 September-May 2020. Please visit our mini shop and café in the garden back sheds which will be open over the winter. *Please note that due to the building works, access via shuttle buggy to the upper garden will be limited to drop off and collection at the main garden gates, creating a slightly extended walk to reach the upper garden facilities. If you have access requirements, please call ahead for advice on access and daily changes.