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Quarry Bank Mill

A working 18th Century water powered cotton mill set in beautiful National Trust country parkland in the Cheshire village of Styal.

When Samuel Greg built Quarry Bank at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, he founded not only a cotton mill but a whole community.  Visitors to this National Trust property can gain a fascinating insight to life at this pivotal time in history.

The mill itself, provides a unique experience. The machine floors attack all the senses, with the smell of oil, grease and cotton. The clattering sounds and sights of the working machines, still processing cotton, bring the history of the people and place alive.  In the Apprentice House, discover how difficult life was for a pauper child worker, as costumed guides take you on a tour.

In the gardens, enjoy the quiet pleasure to be found in a stroll by the river, where beautiful flowers bloom along the path side.  For those wanting to go walking, the extensive woodland offers everything from a short amble to a longer hike.

Cloth produced by the mill's machines is for sale in the on-site shop and delicious food is available in the café.

Prices for the whole property are as follows:

  • £17.50 adult
  • £8.75 child
  • £43.75 family
  • Free to National Trust members

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