Heritage days out at Quarry Bank, 9 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now
Throughout the year Quarry Bank is one of the most picturesque places in the region to visit and top of our list for the best heritage days out. From the excitement of the gushing river Bollin and its wildlife, the wild woodland, expansive meadows to the dramatic cliffside gardens complete with caves, glasshouse, and winding paths – there is plenty to enjoy whatever the season.
Nestled in a picturesque valley just a short drive from Manchester, visit Quarry Bank this summer and discover one of the UK’s greatest industrial heritage sites. Quarry Bank was founded by Samuel Greg and his wife, Hannah at the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution and became home to a community of mill workers and child apprentices. Quarry Bank houses one of the best-preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and boasts Europe’s largest working waterwheel, powered by the fast-flowing River Bollin.
Step inside the huge eighteenth-century working cotton mill and experience the wild clatter and roar of the machinery. Explore the family homes of owner and worker; find out more about the people who lived and worked there; watch demonstrations and get hands-on with the seasonal activities on offer. Learn about traditional spinning and weaving techniques and take a tour around The Apprentice House which was home to the children who worked in the mill.
Take a trip to Quarry Bank and take a stroll through the spectacular gardens and estate, complete with beautiful planting and picture-perfect views, there is plenty to take in. With acres of gardens and woodland to explore and two play areas, there are plenty of places to play.