Quarry Bank, lying in the Bollin Valley, overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution. Experience life as a mill worker – a visit to the cotton mill, powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, will certainly stimulate your senses. The clatter of machinery and hiss of steam engines are astonishing. Take a tour of the Apprentice House, led by a costumed guide, and discover how – for food, clothing and lodgings – pauper children were expected to work in the mill. See the traditional vegetables, fruit and herbs still grown in the Apprentice House garden using organic methods and visit the newly opened 3-hectare (8-acre) 'Secret Garden' – the Greg family's stunningly picturesque valley retreat adjoining the mill and open to the public for the first time. Stroll to Styal village – built by the Greg family to house the mill workers and still a thriving community, with two chapels, allotments and cottages. Or walk through woods along the River Bollin. Finally enjoy delicious local produce in our restaurant.
This restored Georgian cotton mill tells the story of 'King Cotton' from a bale of raw cotton to finished cloth. The process is brought to life by spinners, weavers, machine demonstrators and interactive displays. Interpretation panels and static displays illustrate the world of the mill workers. The original Apprentice House recreates the 1830s atmosphere of the lives of the child workers. Quarry Bank House Garden, open to the public for the first time and still undergoing restoration, offers the chance to explore the private recreation area of the Greg family as it was.
Allow 1½hrs minimum to visit Mill, 2½hrs to visit Mill and Apprentice House or Mill and Quarry Bank House Garden. For visitors with mobility difficulties a golf buggy can be made available to transfer them from the Car Park, however as this is operated by volunteers, advance notice is required. Visits to the Apprentice House are by timed guided tour only, the number of these available on any one day are limited, therefore we may not be able to offer a pre booked tour. Tours cannot be booked on Bank Holiday Mondays, Good Friday or Sundays during peak season
Quarry Bank Road,
Cheshire SK9 4LA
Telephone: 01625 445896
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