Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate - National Trust

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Quarry Bank Mill is a first generation water powered cotton mill built in 1784, see the waterwheel, steam engines and cotton machinery working daily.
Guided tours of the Apprentice House show what life was like for the pauper children who worked in the Mill.

Styal Country Estate is part of Quarry Bank.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Adults from £8.55

Children from £4.25


  • National Trust
  • Historic Scotland
  • English Heritage

Additional info

Guided tours are available for schools or adult groups by prior booking through the Education Department.

Group visits are welcome to book in a visit on 01625 527 468

Greg business and family papers dating from 1784 to 1959, Quarry Bank Mill archive, general social history and cotton industry collection.

The archives and collection are closed whilst a major cataloguing project takes place.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Quarry Bank at Styal

  • 12 September 2015

Quarry Bank overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution.

A visit to the cotton mill, built in 1784, and powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, will certainly stimulate your senses. The clattering and whirring of our heritage machinery and steam engines make an astonishing noise. Explore the progression of the cotton industry from the mediaeval era through to the 19th century, speak to our knowledgeable demonstrators to find out more.

Take a guided tour of the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the Mill and learn about their working and home lives.

Visit the stunning gardens, the Greg family's picturesque valley retreat adjoining the Mill. Follow our progress as we restore the Upper garden and the sadly dilapidated curvilinear glasshouses.

Stroll to Styal village, built by the Greg family to house the Mill workers, and still a thriving community, or walk through ancient woods along the River Bollin.

See our new Aural Looms exhibition. Inspired by the noise and rhythm of the mill machinery with sound sculptures and interactive displays.

Make a rainmaker with Midconversation, the art group who created Aural Looms.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate - National Trust
Nr Wilmslow




General Enquiries


Education Department



01625 527468


01625 539267

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