Quarry Bank Mill, Styal
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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 is an interesting place to visit with several different aspects to it. A working cotton mill with authentic machinery, the apprentice house where the children who worked in the mill lived and gro... read more »
A wonderful experience on every level well worth the £15 entry fee. Plenty of parking. It's a working mill so you can see the machinery working and the people operating the machinery are extremely inf... read more »
The guides and experts made this a great visit. These were not ordinary guides. Everyone was an expert on the machinery and processes. The machinery is amazing. The building is wonderful. The social h... read more »
I love a good National Trust property, and this is more interactive and educational than most. The working mill machinery is fascinating, operated and deviated by knowledgeable volunteers. and it does a good job of telling the story of the development of the cotton mill industry in Britain. There's also an Apprentice House tour which shows your young ones what their life would have been like working in the mill. This is variable. On one visit we were given a tour by an avuncular chap with just the right combination of warmth and austerity. The next trip was given by a frosty matron who scared the children. On the whole, well worth a visit.
Terrific National Trust property lots of things to see in the mill. There are extensive lovely gardens. This place is full of historic atmosphere.
This is an exceptional place to visit in the North West, showing its heritage as a cotton mill. The continuing work of the National Trust here brings the place to life and shows what life was like for a mill worker. Plenty for the kids to do here along with vast grounds go explore and enjoy. Plenty of places to enjoy a picnic and to get hit food as well.
We have our American daughter in law and son staying with us so was looking for a day out that would show local history. We are NT members so just had to pay for 2 adults just over £30. we started at Apprentice house where you get a guide who tells you about life there and how the apprentice lived, we moved from there to the gardens its quite steep in areas but the trust has done a excellent job in making it wheelchair friendly. We then moved on to the cafe for lunch we all enjoyed, 3 of our group had jacket potatoes I had a sandwich (could do with more choice ) we all had cakes and drinks £40 we did not find this over priced but average price when eating out. The mill was very good where they are people who show you how the cotton was worked all very interesting. Due to us having to be elsewhere we had to cut short our visit but my Husband and I will be back all round excellent day out
The gardens are lovely, and there is plenty to do in and around the mill. The walk through the mill will take a good 2 hours. There are regular live demonstrations of the cottage techniques and the mill machinery. I didn't realise the last time I was there, but there is also a room full of steam engines in the bottom of the mill - definitely worth a look if you like that sort of thing. The cafe is also good, and reasonably priced.
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