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Quarry Bank Mill, Styal

(4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited here over the weekend and ate in the cafe. The food wasn't that expensive and the soup was delicious. We didn't go in the gardens as the weather wasn't on our side. Can't wait till the summ...  more »
  • Not been for about 30 years and really enjoyed it. The Gardens are well presented, the Mill itself is interesting, Cafe is just fine and the girl giving us the tour of the apprentice House was informa...  more »
  • spent the day here with my partner and was very impressed.. this is a working museum with plenty to see and do.. the national trust is becoming more hands on these days and it was great to see all the...  more »
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  • Amazing place. So much to do! The mill is amazing to see and all the exhibitions are educational, interesting and well set out. The garden is beautiful and we'll kept. The restaurant well equipped for kids of all ages and great food selection. Ice creams were great during summer (long queues!) Great day out for families!
  • Although I didn't venture into the mill itself (due to being accompanied by a dog) we walked around the grounds of the mill, including the stunning gardens (open to National Trust members and those willing to pay the entrance fee). I would truly recommend accessing the gardens as it's such a lovely walk and the views are stunning. You will find benches at the peak of the hill enabling you to sit down, relax, and take in the view. There are a few paths winding through the woods and fields surrounding the mill (great for dog walkers). Don't forget to try the ice cream available from the on site cafe/shop. I recommend the honey comb - it's delicious. Parking is available, but this is not free if you're not a National Trust member.
  • Went as a child and now take my own. Incredible opportunity to see the industrial revolution in action with working machinery, noise and smells. For peaceful afternoons the river walk and gardens are a tranquil escape. Cafes are nicely done, with options for all ages.
  • Great place to take kids and visitors - the mill is super and people demonstrate the working really well. Cafe is not real good - should take a leaf out of Lyme Park where they do that better - with a better cafe then it would be 5 stars
  • Fascinating piece of history. A working mill with volunteers and staff to explain the workings to you. My older son is now obsessed with spinning cotton. My younger son was far more engaged when the machinery was operating than when just wandering around. Plenty to see for all.