Quarry Bank
Quarry Bank
4.5
Speciality MuseumsGardensHistory Museums
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Quarry Bank is a place of stark contrast, where the power of the Industrial Revolution sits alongside the beauty of picturesque gardens and lush countryside. At Quarry Bank you can discover a complete industrial community and experience the very different worlds of owner and worker, who lived and worked here side by side. Discover what it was like to work in a cotton mill. Experience heritage machinery in action and feel the floors shake beneath your feet as the spinning machines turn and the looms weave. Find out about the life and legacy of Samuel Greg, the founder of Quarry Bank. Explore the Greg family home, Quarry Bank House, and wander through the stunning picturesque gardens that rise up the banks of the river valley, offering stunning views and spectacular changes through the seasons. By contrast, take a guided tour of the Apprentice House to step into the lives of the pauper children who worked in the mill. Stroll to Styal village to see how many of the other workers lived.
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  • Wanessa K
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out🧭
    It’s a great day out, inside you can find a lot of interesting facts. The house tour was great, we were pretty gutted that you couldn’t go upstairs. Nonetheless it was pretty cool to see the inside. The cafe has very limited options; they don’t cater for gluten free either. I would definitely recommend bringing your own food. There is a lot of places outside to sit down too, which is great.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 22, 2023
  • NPI338
    Chester, United Kingdom392 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great National Trust gardens
    Lovely walk; just a bit too early for flowering. Great cafe for a break. Handy parking for those with a blue badge and a free buggy for getting around for those that need a lift. Volunteers were working hard to keep the gardens tip top. There is also a secondhand bookshop.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Gail Blackburn
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just one issue
    A great place to visit with lots of interesting history. The only issue we had was at the house. We had to wait outside to go in which was understandable as they limit numbers. However the lady that came out to let us in when people left insisted on giving a talk whilst we stood there instead of doing it inside. She seemed oblivious to the heavy rain we were all stood in as she stood under the porch. This seemed strange as there was an entrance hall and just resulted in very wet people going around the house. Inside however there was a lovely informative gentleman who explained lots to us.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2023
  • karen
    127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    lovely visit
    Well worth a visit the mill is interesting and the gardens are beautiful and it's a huge area if taking dogs but for me there was one big downside and that is the toilet situation. we travelled some distance to visit here and got caught up in road diversion and stop start traffic by the time we arrived here both me and my husband were desperate for the loo yet none to be found on arrival at the visitors centre. we stood queuing to get in crossed legs so the first thing I asked was where are the toilets we were told a 2 min walk by the apprentice house. so off we went we searched sll over this area and couldn't find. ended up after that wild goose chase heading down to the mill. how not wet myself was a miracle !! very much doubt we'd visit again for this reason and we are new national trust members. visit 3 other sites all have had toilets soon has you go through the entrance. please sort this out . would of give 5 stars
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Lee
    Liverpool, United Kingdom618 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit
    We spent a lovely day here. There is so much to see and do. We arrived at ten and left at closing time and still didn’t get to do everything on offer. We had a great tour of the apprentice house and a fabulous tour of the workers cottage by Lucy. The mill itself is fascinating. Jane was particularly outstanding. A truly lovely day. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Stephen T
    Willenhall, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely blew me away
    I was absolutely blown away by this place and it completely out did my expectations. I was expecting to see a mill but was not expecting to see the wonderful gardens which were a bonus. I spent so much time in the gardens I got too late to visit the mill which gives me a reason to go back again.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Allison B
    Kent, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for social history enthusiasts
    One of the best National Trust properties I have visited. The tour of the Apprentice House was so interesting and a real eye opener to the life the children led. The demonstrations of the equipment at the Mill were a fascinating insight into the life of those who worked at the Mill, including the children. Lovely gardens to wander around too, as well as Styal village. I definitely recommend a visit - especially if you enjoy learning about social history.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Alison R
    Ipswich, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One for return!
    An interesting look into life in the cotton mill. Highlights were seeing the water wheel and looms in action. The tour of the apprentice house gave a good understanding of the children's lives. We stopped here as part of a journey and left feeling we could have spent longer than the 4 hours we had, as there was also a tour of the workers cottages and gardens with walks. A suggested improvement would be on a couple of floors in the mill, where a flow of direction to make the information follow through better.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Geoff S
    Lewes, United Kingdom75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out, but bring your own food if you have an intollerance.
    A brilliant example of Industrial Cotton Milling. The Apprentices House and it's guided Tour was most enlightening. The Mill itself was a fascinating and enjoyable experience. Usual National Trust Shop and second hand Books, however, the Dining Room/Restaurant/Coffee Shop was unable to cater for my wife who has Gluten and Dairy intolerances, due to "the mixer being broken" although in the next sentence "it's all bought in" - Manager was very nice and apologetic, but wife not happy at all.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Martin H
    Stockport, United Kingdom675 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go!
    Haven't been here for many years and it has expanded with the addition of two different gardens adding to the existing informative mill complex. There is a lot to do here and it would be easy to spend a whole day if you walk round the whole estate and into the village as well. Guides were informative and happy to demonstrate the workings of the machinery & the finer points of cotton processing, Even the (rotating) exhibitions were unusually informative - on landscape design and Health & Safety - even in Victorian times ( Ill workers don't make the mill money!). the Owners House though only a few rooms are open was also informative e.g. the simulated dinner table conversations based on real letters from the family and friends. One or two small quibbles ( stale buns) & a plethora of work experience students who could not answer questions or ask someone who knew unless prompted but these were minor detractions we had a great day out.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
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MissExplorer
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Had a lovely day out, lots of interesting things to see and do, all the volunteers and staff are very knowledgeable. It felt very real as if you were stepping back in time.
Apprentice house tour is brilliant, our guide brought it to life very well
Cafe is very expensive and limited choice, would recommend bringing your own food and drink, there are plenty of spots to sit down
All in all a lovely day out
Written February 20, 2023
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zenith1
Congleton, UK483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Parking was easy, plenty of room not far from the entrance. The staff in the reception and in every other part we visited were lovely and very helpful, The first place we went was to the Apprentice House and the young man that told us about it was in costume. He made everything very interesting and the place was well kept and as authentic as they could make considering a lot of items must have been lost.
We went next to the gardens which were a mass of colour, beautiful rhododendrons. The gardens at the moment have some places fastened off to make it possible to walk round safely because of covid. There was plenty of room in the gardens for a picnic
We did go round the mill but unfortunately we hadn't really enough time as we had to get back early. Although it is quite steep to get to the mill there was a regular motorised buggy taking people up the hill who required help.
I will be back hopefully to see the house as it is not yet open.
Written May 29, 2021
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maisymeg
Wigan, UK2,784 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Quarry Bank Mill is well signposted on the brown tourist signs from Manchester Airport and has a large free car park.
We were surprised by the large size of the site and really enjoyed the walks around the river and gardens. There are a few steep paths and cobbled areas but there is also transport on a small bus for anyone who might struggle.
We felt the entrance fee was fairly steep at over £20 per adult and no concessions for senior citizens. A family ticket is almost £50, which is pricey before you add on buying any food or drinks. However, the ticket does give you entrance to the Apprentice house (as long as there are timed tour tickets available), the mill, the mill owners house on the ground floor as well as the gardens and village area.
We went to the Apprentice house first as there were tickets available around the time we arrived and listened to an interesting talk about how the young children were treated after having been taken from the workhouses. This would be very interesting for children aged 8 and up and would possibly make them realise how lucky they are nowadays! There are steep staircases and low doorways in the house.
The mill owners house only takes a short time to walk around the 3 rooms which are open but the mill itself takes a while to explore the 4 floors. We really enjoyed seeing and listening to the working looms and the staff were all very informative.
There is a lift in the main mill if you can't manage the stairs and there are also toilets near the water wheel, which still works to provide electricity for the mill.
We had a look in the cafe but it was busy and as the menu was limited and fairly expensive we didn't eat here. There is also a mill shop where they sell products made with the fabric made in the mill and a coffee stall.
We enjoyed our day here and the atmosphere as well as the lovely setting.
Written September 24, 2022
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK4,267 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Our nearest NT property so good to see it gradually opening up after lockdown. Parts of the gardens and woods are still closed due to previous poor weather.
The mill has re-opened on a one-way system with restricted floor open.
Due to social distancing and noisy machinery it was hard to hear the short talks and demos.
Would have been better if they had some microphones and speakers.
Having been here a few times previously you are very restricted in what can be seen.
Mill cafe was quite quiet at 1pm but had sold out of several items including cream teas. However able to walk up to garden cafe and get our cream tea.
Walking around the gardens was pleasant with lots of colour in places, however very limited signage as to what the plants and trees were.
Appears that garden staff are limited with several still furloughed and volunteers not yet allowed to assist. Hopefully this will improve to make future visits that much metter.
Written May 31, 2021
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Steveo07
Eastleigh, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Whilst visiting Cheshire from the south of England my elderly parents , who are life long members of the National Trust, wanted to visit Quarry Bank. My husband and I decided we would rather not pay the £40 to join them so asked at the entrance and we’re told by a very nice man that we were very welcome to walk around the gardens and use the on-site cafe and shop. When approaching the cafe we were asked for our tickets, and when we explained we had been told we could visit the cafe without a ticket we were then told very rudely, “ I don’t think they did” we both felt very uncomfortable and obviously very embarrassed. We have on many occasions paid to visit National Trust properties but will think twice about doing so again. We appreciate that most staff are volunteers but that does not excuse rudeness.
Written October 8, 2022
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I’m sorry to learn of your experience. We’d never want visitors to feel uncomfortable or upset. There seems to have been a mix up here I’d suggest. The gardens, upper garden café and historic buildings can only be accessed by paying visitors and National Trust members. We do have other facilities available to none members and none paying visitors, such as the Mill Yard Shop, Weaving Shed Restaurant, toilet facilities including a place to change facility, the Mill Meadow and the many woodland walks around the wider estate. I will share your comments with the team and hope you will reconsider visiting the places in our care in the future. Please email quarrybank@nationaltrust.org.uk to discuss this further. Take care - Anna
Written October 10, 2022
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David S
Sussex17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Tucked away in Styal near Wilmslow you could easily go your whole life completely unaware of the existence of the place! The guided tour (in chatacter) of the apprentice house alone was worth the visit. The tour was engaging, educational, funny and entertaining. There are beautiful gardens to walk round including the river Bollin, a couple of nice areas to enjoy a picnic (as we did) and for those who prefer something a bit more refined a restaurant near the actual mill. The mill itself was excellent, especially given the gent by the entrance had advised us a few interactive bits had been mothballed because of the coronavirus issue. Set over 4 floors the exhibits are excellent, the staff manning the working machines very friendly and informative. My 3 kids range from 6 to 12 in age and all loved the place. The one thing I one advise is don't be like us and only allow 4 hrs, you'll run out of time to fully appreciate the museum.
Written March 14, 2020
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Katherine F
oldham96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
NT Members so called in. We had a lovely walk through the woods and a generally good afternoon.
we probably won't bother with the mill again for a while. Was absolutely shocked to find one way systems implemented and large areas cordoned off. It felt like 2020 again.
The member of staff in the mill is exceptionally rude. As we entered the Mill there wasn't anyone by the door so we carried on walking and were pounced on when the member of staff emerged and spotted us. "Have you been here before? " she demanded. We replied, yes many times "Ah but have you been since Covid?" When we admitted no we hadn't away she went clearly loving the moment. "Its one way systems. Top two floors shut off." I think she was going to then reiterate we should be wearing masks but I rather feel she caught my expression and wisely desisted. I suggest that she is retrained and her little covid power trip is reined in to avoid upsetting visitors. To still have one way systems in place is frankly ridiculous and NOT standard across other NT Properties
Written September 19, 2021
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Dr Simon Stones
Bolton, UK1,265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Quarry Bank Mill is a hidden gem of Cheshire, as you step back in time exploring the cotton mill located along the River Bollin. You can see why it is regarded as one of the most preserved textile factories of the industrial revolution. To make the most of your day, arrive early! Given restricted numbers for tours, there were only a few tickets left for the guided tour of Apprentice House, which is well worth visiting. A few parts of the site were closed due to COVID-19, but this did not detract from the experience. The staff and volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable, and clearly take great pride in working here. The gardens are also stunning, especially in the sunshine.
Written July 27, 2021
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Sue L
Cheshire, UK398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I love Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Woods. The woods are a great place to walk your dog off lead with lots of paths, streams and open spaces.
Parking at Quarry Bank Mill is free to visitors and the new National Trust cafe in the gardens is lovely, the staff are welcoming, the cakes are delicious and best of all - it is dog friendly!
You can walk from the Mill or the Visitor Welcome Centre to Styal village, Wilmslow Carrs or the airport orbital path. Maps of the estate are available at the entrance to help you navigate your way around. This is a great place to explore with your dog.
Written August 3, 2021
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Adam P
Kelsall, UK245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit to Quarry Bank on a sunny Sunday in January. The main building is filled with interesting information as well as lots of functioning machinery. There are a good number of people available to discuss how the machinery works. Free for national trust members or £22.50 each if not. Cafe is very reasonable so I would recommend going over lunch and eating there. We will definitely be going back again this year.
Written January 17, 2020
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