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“The Apprentice House” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry Bank Road, Styal SK9 4LA, England
44 1625 527468
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Styal
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate- The 18th century Mill, Apprentice House and Gardens provide the setting for a fantastic visit. Gaze in amazement at the mighty steam powered waterwheel, take a tour round the enchanting Apprentice House to get an insight into a mill-child’s life, listen to the roar of the machinery in the mill and get closer to nature in the beautiful gardens. In addition to these attractions, we have miles of woodland to explore- perfect for a walk in all seasons!Pop into the Mill Restaurant to enjoy a snack or main meal, made with delicious local, seasonal food or picnic on the mill meadow. For a special treat, why not book one of our function rooms and a bespoke menu tailored to your groups needs? Quarry Bank at Styal is a day out to remember.
Preston, England
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“The Apprentice House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is several years since I have visited Quarry Bank Mill, and the Apprentice House in particular, but the recent TV programme "The Mill" made me keen to visit it again. We were met at the front door by Kate, dressed in a skivvy's outfit, and shown into the School Room. It was dark and cold, exactly what the apprentices would have endured all those years ago. Kate was extremely knowledgeable and kept us captivated for the whole of the 40 minutes we were in the house. These apprentices lived in luxury compared to those employed by other mills in the area but seeing what they had to endure was still quite shocking. This is a fabulous venue to visit and is ideal for children and adults alike although I don't think children under 7 would really understand it. You have timed visits to the house so there are not too many people on the tour at the same time, which makes it more personal.

Visited November 2013
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Trouble at t'mill :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Spent a lovely day here with friends. It was interesting and informative and it made me go and search out the Channel 4 tv series The Mill as a result. Seeing various bits of machinery working, seeing, hearing and smelling just a fraction of what it was like plus the stories of several of the kids at the mill brought the whole experience very much to life. I would recommend at least half a day to walk all the way round. The only negative I have is the admission price...

Visited October 2013
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I've been to Quarry Bank Mill on several occasions but this is the first time since doing Tripadvisor reviews. We specifically went to visit the Apprentice House. Although the mill itself is very interesting, we only arrived early afternoon and didn't have time to do the Apprentice House and the mill before it went dark. Our tour guide was fascinating - she really knew her stuff and was able to put it across in a way that appealed to the younger element amongst us (probably 8 years old) and the older element (70+) as well. She gave an amazing insight into the life of these young millworkers and their trials and tribulations. She even offered some extra information after the tour had finished as I had asked a particular question which wasn't really included in her tour script. Coincidentally, we saw her in the car park as we were about to leave to come home and she stopped to ask us if we had enjoyed it and offered further snippets of information.

The cafe was very busy but the service was pretty slick and the assistant in the shop let us pay for our goods (as we were in there prior to the Apprentice House tour starting) and leave them behind the till so that we didn't have to carry them around with us.

One drawback of the site is that there is a fair amount of walking to do, often uphill or with steps. A little National Trust buggy now operates up and down - which certainly wasn't there the last time I visited.

Visited November 2013
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Cheadle, United Kingdom
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“great for adults and kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

been here a few times - and still enjoy each visit. something for all the family. a bit hilly - but transport buggy on hand if needed. the servants house talk was extremely interesting - the guides are great. listened to 3 now - and still learn something new each time. being a garden lover - enjoy the grounds and gardens. historic value is brilliant - having worked in a mill myself - i really appreciated and understood the mill tour. nice gift shop - play area. typical national trust though - food on the expensive side. restaurant not the pretiest - but does the job - afterall it is a mill. very interesting day for all the family. ill be back.

Visited July 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“The best NT property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This place is a fantastic day out - there's so much to do there you can spend the whole day, keep the kids entertained and the adults get a lot out of it as well! After seeing The Mill on TV we gave it a try and were not disappointed. The house the children lived in can be seen in 'real life' via an excellent guided tour and the Mill has so much to offer - from demonstrations of how the equipment works to activities to keep the children busy. The staff are really knowledgeable and helpful and take time to ensure you get the most out of the experience. The cafe was a bit expensive, but we didn't mind too much when we found out that the money helps to support the fabulous buildings.

Visited October 2013
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