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Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank

Little girl looking at Iris and Peony border in the upper gardens of Quarry Bank
Enjoying the Iris and Peony border in the Upper Gardens of Quarry Bank | © Anna Chrystal

Discover some of the best views of Quarry Bank. Paths twist and turn through the valley, passing caves, cliffs and garden bridges. Stroll along the river, step inside the glasshouse, or see what's growing in the walled garden.

The industrial picturesque movement

The valley garden at Quarry Bank is a rare example of the industrial picturesque movement, where elements of nature such as the caves and cliffs feature alongside the industrial mill backdrop to create a sense of drama.

Lower garden

Wander through the mill meadow, cross over the garden bridges and follow the bubbling River Bollin as it flows past the Ornamental Ladies Garden created by mill owner Robert Hyde Greg in the 1860s.

A family in the Lower Garden with tulips at Quarry Bank, Cheshire
A family in the Lower Garden with tulips at Quarry Bank, Cheshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Upper garden and glasshouse

Take in the elevated views over the valley and discover Hannah Greg’s favourite spot to sit and enjoy the garden. Head to the Walled Garden to see what grows here, and step inside the historic curvilinear glasshouse where exotic plants and fruits were grown. And in the back sheds, you can can uncover the stories of Quarry Bank's gardeners from the 19th century.

Apprentice House at Quarry Bank, Cheshire
Apprentice House in Autumn/ winter at Quarry Bank, Cheshire | © Derek Hatton

Apprentice House garden

See where apprentices grew herbs, fruit and vegetables for their meals, after long days working inside the mill. The Apprentice House garden, orchard and pond are a haven for wildlife, where you can often spot birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

The garden shop

Whatever your gardening plans, there’s something to help you get the job done. From tools to seeds, plants to pots and even books stuffed full of tips, find inspiration and gift ideas in the Garden Shop, nestled next to the walled garden at Quarry Bank.

Family activities in the gardens

There are lots of self-led trails around the gardens to enjoy with your family. Whilst you explore jump in puddles and play a game of poohsticks from the lower garden bridges.

Exterior of Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

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