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Apprentice House Tours

Explore the home of the child workers of Quarry Bank on a unique tour

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Child workers lived in the Apprentice House, often sent from workhouses far away. They laboured for long hours in the Mill, before returning to chores including gardening and sewing.

Discover how the children lived, where they slept, what they ate, what care they received, and hear the stories of Margaret Magin and Thomas Priestly.

When you arrive at Visitor Reception you can book onto a tour of the Apprentice House.

Tour times vary on week days and on weekends and during school holidays. Please ask for more details at Visitor Reception.

Tours are very popular so book your tickets early on the day of your arrival to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for tours cannot be pre-booked. Admission charges apply. Free entry for National Trust members.

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Suitability

suitable for children aged 9+

Meeting point

Please enquire about going on a tour of the Apprentice House at Visitor Reception. When it's time for your tour please go to the meeting point next the Apprentice House.

Accessibility

There's no lift in the Apprentice House and to reach the first floor you'll need to climb a short, steep narrow set of stairs into the dormitory. A video tour of the Apprentice House is available.

Upcoming events

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Journey Through Blossom 

Discover the beauty of blossom at Quarry Bank and excite your senses by following our blossom trail

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22 Apr to 12 May 2024
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10:30 to 17:00
+ 20 other dates or times
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Village hub and workers cottage tours 

This is your chance to see what life was like for the crowded families in the village

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22 Apr to 29 Dec 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
+ 235 other dates or times
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Visit Quarry Bank House 

Visit the comfortable home of the Greg family: funded by the mill and right next to it, but far away from the world of its workers

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22 Apr to 29 Dec 2024
at
11:00 to 16:30
+ 235 other dates or times
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Daily Hydro Tours 

Enjoy a behind the scenes look at how the hydro turns the power of the River Bollin in to electricity

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22 Apr to 3 Nov 2024
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14:00 to 14:45
+ 195 other dates or times