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Group and educational visits to Quarry Bank

A group of visits are seen on a path walking through Bodnant Garden in Wales
A group of visitors enjoying some time at Quarry Bank | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Quarry Bank is a perfect location for a group day out or a memorable learning experience for younger visitors, from little learners to university students. Find out more about what’s on offer for group visits, or how an educational trip to Quarry Bank can be tailored to your study needs.

Group visits

A discounted admission is offered for groups of 15 or more, while National Trust members enter free. Coach drivers and group organisers will receive a complimentary ticket.

Coach bays are available in the car park and we offer a meet and greet welcome on board.

Bespoke tours of the mill or garden are also on offer, from £30 per group of 15 people.

For further information, to check availability or to make a booking, please telephone 01625 445852 or email

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Visitors arriving at Quarry Bank
Visitors arriving at Quarry Bank | © Annapurna Mellor

Learning opportunities

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.

What was life like for an apprentice once away from the mill? Understand the different emphasis in the past on education and learn about the ‘jobs’ apprentices were expected to do away from the mill. What did they eat in order to survive this difficult life?

It all makes for an unforgettable visit which can be tailored to your Key Stage.

Explore the environment

From the dipping pond in our accessible outdoor learning area to the oxbow in the Northern Woods, the estate at Quarry Bank is full of interesting features and opportunities for discovery. Our environment workshops explore the river, pond and woodland, habitats providing a fantastic geographical and scientific learning resource.

Alternatively, learn how to navigate your group through the gardens and woods using a compass including map-based activities along the way.

Styal village

Styal village, which is still a living community, was built by the Greg family for their workforce and reminds us of how the workers in the mill lived. Understand why Samuel Greg built the mill here and how and why the community grew up around it. The peaceful cobbled streets evoke an atmosphere of a settled rural community, but this village was built to house early industrial workers.

Schoolchildren in the Apprentice House garden at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
Schoolchildren in the Apprentice House garden at Quarry Bank | © National Trust Images/David Watson

Students catered for

Primary schools can enjoy a day full of activities to investigate the various aspects of being an apprentice. Learn the jobs they would do, understand the dangers and where they sat in the pecking order at the mill all set against the backdrop of the machinery to experience the sights and sounds of a working mill.

By combining this with a visit to the Apprentice House they will meet the superintendent to see if they would make the grade to become an apprentice at Quarry Bank.

Secondary school visits can expect an interactive learning experience drawing on a variety of sources and evidence. Students will be set a challenge at the start of the day, they will learn about the working conditions in a cotton mill to develop their knowledge and use this alongside historical documents to form opinions.

Universities, colleges, and adult learning groups are hosted here to combine a wonderful day out with further education courses and subjects. 

Quarry Bank is also an ideal 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. 

Educational Group Access Pass (EGAP)

Why not make your school visit more affordable and take advantage of the National Trust Education Group Access Pass (previously called EGM – Educational Group Membership). This covers all the children in your school for one year across all properties in the National Trust.

How to book

We are quite busy with school bookings throughout the academic 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. Our booking office is open Monday to Wednesday from 9.00am-5.00pm.

If you cannot reach us during those times, please do either leave a message or email.

To enquire about educational visits at Quarry Bank please contact our Schools Booking Administrator on 0162 544 5850 or

Or to book, please complete this booking request form and send to the above email address.

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