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Quarry Bank, Styal

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One of the world’s best-preserved Industrial Revolution textile mills, heritage-listed Quarry Bank is now a museum of the cotton industry. Discover how an entire industrial community lived in and around this mill, which was built in 1784. The site includes Europe’s most powerful working waterwheel and numerous machines and steam engines. Knowledgeable staff demonstrators explain the progression of the cotton industry and guide visitors through the various exhibits and the apprentice house, which once housed pauper children employed at the mill. You can stroll through the site’s sprawling gardens or visit the Styal village, where the majority of the mill’s workers lived. Check online for upcoming special events, guided walks, and informative tours. Before you head to Styal, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Styal journey builder tool, to make sure you see all that Styal has to offer, including Quarry Bank.
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  • Such a lovely place to visit, there are marked walks that take you through the beautiful woodland and along the river. Depending on your route it can be quite strenuous and very muddy! There is a...  more »
  • Beautiful place for a nice walk, but make sure you wear walking boots or welly’s.... it was great fun but very very muddy!!! Would definitely visit again but make sure I am more prepared for the...  more »
  • Such an interesting place. Lovely walks around the site with lots to see. The gardens are great to walk round especially the walled garden & greenhouse which contained fruit trees & colourful flowers even grapes growing in the green house. The mill is very interesting with lots of history & demonstrations of various looms spinning, carding machines & steam engines. The staff are very friendly & knowledgeable don't be afraid to ask questions. The tour around the apprentice house is also very interesting. This was our second visit this time with our grandchildren in the summer (August) & still we have not managed to do the Meadow walk & the walk into Styal Village. A full day is needed to complete everything around the site. A lift is available inside the mill & free golf buggy rides up & down the hill are useful for disabled or less mobile people. There are 2 cafes on the site for drinks & food with a bigger restaurant in the bottom of the mill. We only had drinks & ice creams but the food looked good. 🙂
  • Not been inside the mill for a while and was pleasantly surprised at all the information and the friendly guides there to help. Everyone was extremely helpful and informative. It brought back memories of my grandfather who worked in cotton mills as soon as I walked in and got the smell instantly. An excellent morning !!!

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