Quarry Bank

Important notice -

Quarry Bank is open as usual for winter walks, nature adventures & new discoveries. Please note, Styal Road at Twinnies bridge is closed from 13th January - 31st January. If you're approaching from this direction, please follow the diversion signs.

One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, home to a complete industrial community

What's coming up in winter?

Quarry Bank mill

Group visits 

Bringing a group of 15+ people? Find out about our special offers for groups.

Upcoming events

Exhibition: A Healthy Profit

Sat 25 Jan 2020
10:30-16:00
In a new exhibition we explore the physical, mental and emotional toil of working in a mill.

Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector

Sat 25 Jan 2020
10:30-16:00
Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.

Baby and Toddler: Storytelling and Play

Sat 08 Feb 2020
09:30-10:15
Bring your little ones to Quarry Bank for a special storytelling and play session just for them. Suitable for children 6 months - 4 years. Please book your tickets in advance.

Valentine's Day at Quarry Bank

Fri 14 Feb 2020
10:30-16:00
Discover the courting rituals of Georgian England. Find out about Samuel and Hannah Greg's romance and their very first dance together.

February Half Term: Natural History Adventures

Mon 17 Feb 2020
10:30-17:00
Join us this half term to explore the natural world around us.

National Trust at 125: Tree Planting

Thu 20 Feb 2020
11:00-15:00
This half-term come along to lend a hand and get some fresh air with your family while helping us create a healthy environment for future generations.
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Eating and shopping

Eating and shopping at Quarry Bank

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Our work

Building works at Quarry Bank

The Quarry Bank Project 2015-2020 

Over the past four years Quarry Bank has been at the centre of one of the largest projects in the National Trust’s history. New areas have been restored and for the first time ever visitors can now explore the complete industrial heritage site at Quarry Bank. Discover how this £9.4 million project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and thousands of generous donors, has transformed how you experience and learn about Quarry Bank.

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History

 A list of rules which were on a sign displayed to the workers at Quarry Bank Mill

Bringing the Archive to life 

There are lots of weird and wonderful items on show at Quarry Bank, but did you know that there are thousands more behind closed doors? Our Collections and Archive team are working to make more of the objects available for you to see online and in person.

Textile testing at Quarry Bank

Textile testing at Quarry Bank  

The Quarry Bank collection is diverse, containing an extensive archive and collection, thousands of documents and objects from the last 250 years. Among these are a collection of machines and apparatus from the mill’s textile testing room, a small area in the office wing of the mill where yarn and cloth were tested.

Portrait of Samuel Greg who founded Quarry Bank

Samuel Greg and the beginnings of Quarry Bank 

Discover the origin of Quarry Bank and the man behind the vision, Samuel Greg.

Image of Quarry Bank workers in military uniform

The First World War at Quarry Bank 

The First World War shattered lives and left lasting legacies for families and industries across the globe. To mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the War being signed, we've highlighted just a few of the stories from Quarry Bank from 1914 - 1918. Explore our digital exhibition to find out about the men and women from the Greg family and Styal village who served.

Image of books from the workers' library at Quarry Bank

‘A counter-attraction to the public house’ Discovering the Workers’ Library at Quarry Bank 

Literary life at Quarry Bank tends to be associated with the mill-owning Greg family. But hidden within the collection lies the Workers' Library, a set of hundreds of books which were enjoyed by the mill workers and residents of Styal village in the early twentieth century. We've been discovering the secrets of the Workers' Library and its readers in collaboration with the University of Manchester.

Image of the waterwheel at Quarry Bank

Power at Quarry Bank 

The history of power at Quarry Bank encompasses the harnessing of a mighty river, a series of steam engines, a leap of faith in water turbines and, above all, the hard work of skilled labourers. Discover the story of power at Quarry Bank in this digital exhibition.

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Get involved

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Venue hire

The mill at Quarry Bank

Hire this venue

Whether it's a business meeting or a party we have a choice of welcoming function rooms and a team of dedicated staff to plan and host your event. Here at Quarry Bank we host both business meetings and private functions in the unique setting of this 18th century mill, flexibly catering for your individual needs. Quarry Bank is an inspiring space for any event, and every booking helps to support our vital conservation work.

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Learning

Children in costume sit outside the Mill

Time to learn 

Students from primary school right through to university can benefit from our education programme. We can tailor sessions to meet your needs or you can enjoy self-led explorations to inspire.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Quarry Bank on the National Trust Collections website