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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. 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 Mill.
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  • One of the best National Trust places we have visited. A great place to see our industrial heritage. The staff giving the demonstrations were very knowledgeable especially Roy who was a mine of inform...  more »
  • We enjoyed the gardens doing the Easter egg hunt for so long that we didn't have time to look around much else before our allotted tour of the Apprentice house which was geared up towards children and...  more »
  • We travelled to Manchester for the weekend with the sole intention of visiting this property and we weren't disappointed. We have a 7 year old daughter who loved taking part in all the activities that...  more »
  • Fabulous place staff all extremely helpful the mill was amazing and the story behind it was sad and interesting. We done a short tour around a house with a lady called Kelly who was fantastic when she got in to her character...i had twins of 11 and they were made up with all the facts however she was very strict in character younger children be warned...brilliant Kelly you was fabulous!!! The grounds were lovely well worth a visit .
  • Beautiful spot. Gorgeous gardens. Lovely walks especially now they've opened up more of the grounds. Strong smell of airplane fumes. Big cafe has nice food. Little cafe at top of garden poor choice and poor value for money.
  • Is currently undergoing quite a lot of building work, which will make it even better. Interesting to look round the mill. Lovely gardens to walk through. The top lawn and walled garden are a nice place to finish with either a brew or an ice cream, depending on the weather.
  • This is a lovely place to visit with the family but it is national trust which means it can get quite costly if there's a large family. There's a couple of walks you can go on where you don't have to pay. All the other areas you have to pay to get in. There's a children's play area, great picnic area and a good restaurant and plenty of parking.
  • Fantastic national trust property, gardens are well with a visit for spectacular views down the valley above the mill. The mill is a fascinating history of early industrialization and cotton production with huge working machinery. Good paths through the property lead down to Wilmslow along the river from quaint Styal. The woods near by are also fun to explore.

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