Learning opportunities at Quarry Bank

School children enjoy a lesson in the Apprentice House

From little learners to university students, we create a memorable learning experience tailored to your study needs.

The mill

Children try out jobs in the Mill
Children try out jobs in the Mill

Quarry Bank provides students with the opportunity to explore local history, the Industrial Revolution and discover what it was like to be a factory worker or child apprentice. See how cloth is made and how water and steam can be used to drive machinery. The mill contains working machinery and demonstrations of traditional skills.

The Apprentice House

Discover what life was like for an apprentice child
Children exploring the Apprentice House

Home to the pauper children who worked in the mill, the Apprentice House is a recreated ‘home’ where students can experience life in the past. From the strict lesson in the schoolroom to seeing the grisly medical treatments of the day, this is an unforgettable visit which can be tailored to your Key Stage.

Explore the environment

A school group enjoying their environment session
A school group take part in an environment session

The estate at Quarry Bank is a fantastic learning resource. Our environment and geology sessions explore the river, the ponds, the woodland and the cliffs. From the mill pond in the Southern Woods to the Oxbow in the Northern Woods, the estate is full of interesting features and opportunities for discovery.

Styal Village

Styal village, which is still a living community, was built by the Greg family for their workforce and offers evidence of how the workers in the mill lived. The peaceful cobbled streets evoke an atmosphere of a settled rural community but this village was built to house early industrial workers.

Who we cater for

Primary schools can enjoy a fun-packed day covering a wide range of subjects.

Secondary school visits can expect a learning experience drawing on a variety of sources and evidence. Tours and resources can be tailored to suit your requirements. 

Quarry Bank hosts universities, colleges and adult learning groups to combine a great day out with further education courses and subjects. 

Quarry Bank is a great place for home-educated groups. Please book your visit through the Learning Office as we are a popular site for schools and cannot guarantee entrance on the day. Home-educated groups are welcome in the week, during term time. 


If you're bringing a large group, or visit National Trust properties often, you may benefit from your school or university becoming an Educational Group Member. 

How to book

We tend to be quite busy with school bookings throughout the year, so we advise enquiring at least a term in advance about visiting to make sure your group has a wide range of options and dates to suit your schedule. All bookings are made over the telephone. 

To enquire about educational visits at Quarry Bank, please contact a member of the learning and interpretation team on 01625 445888 or email us.

Take a look at our resources and guides

Self guided mill tour: Quarry Bank Learning Mill Self Led Tour (PDF / 1.4MB) download

Self guided Styal village tour: Quarry Bank Learning Village Self Led Tour (PDF / 0.7MB) download

English Language GCSE Archive Resource pack:  Quarry Bank English Language GCSE Archive Resource pack (PDF / 3.9MB) download

Resource pack: Resource pack (PDF / 2.1MB) download

OCR specification with resource links: OCR specification with resource links (PDF / 0.5MB) download

Archive document bank: Quarry Bank archive document bank (PDF / 2.9MB) download