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Quarry Bank Mill, Styal

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One of the world’s best-preserved Industrial Revolution textile mills, heritage-listed Quarry Bank Mill 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. See Quarry Bank Mill and all Styal has to offer by arranging your trip with our Styal travel itinerary maker.
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  • This Mill brings the toil, dirt and hardship of British cotton mill workers in the 19th Century to life. It is a fascinating and thought provoking place with a working mill on show so that the noise a...  more »
  • Was put off at the start because of the hard sell when buying a ticket to join the National Trust. £18 was a lot for me and being told that for 'only' another £46 I could have membership was a bit muc...  more »
  • Despite living close by it's been a while I visited Quarry Bank so it was a surprise to see how many changes/improvements the National Trust are undertaking. It's already a must see as one of the best...  more »
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  • Just as fab as when I was a little girl, only now it's far more structured. Really lovely day out and well worth being a member for. Really well looked after, beautiful gardens, full of families and dogs when the sun shines. There are garden games in the gardens and lovely walks along the river.
  • This is a great day out for the family but I would be happy to go on a solo visit, it's is on the pricier side if you don't have national trust membership but it is well worth it to keep this place open. Live demonstrations and not just on the small machines. The last demos are interesting and impressive. The apprentice house and the guide is a fun experience as they are in character of the time and it shows the life style as well as the work they young people would do. Disabled access is very good but still a bit of walking is required around the mill, they do offer a buggy ride between the mill and the car park which is nice.
  • This place is steeped in history, now to look at the buildings and surroundings it's a place of industrial beauty stood in the most amazing countryside.......beautiful working gardens filled with all kinds of vegetables...as a chef I walking round the garden with envy......wishing I had a plot like that at home :). There is just as much for children to do now as they did them too, not just to show them a little bit of history but for them to play aswell..... I will go again and would advise anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of this fantastic place to go.
  • Wonderful! My second favourite N T site. Good cafe, good restaurant. Lovely walks. Beautiful gardens. Interesting old cotton mill. Short walk to Styal village. All very worth a visit.
  • Managed by Britain's National Trust, this is a dreary place but has great history behind it. It is believed that this factory thrived primarily because of children who were forced to work here. These children helped the economic transformation of Britain. The factory has been preserved in its original condition and though only some parts of it are open to the public, it still makes an interesting visit. There is a cafe, a gift shop and washrooms here. Check out how water power made machines work.