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.

The Clockwork Garden

  • 30 April — 11 September 2016 *on now

The Clockwork Garden exhibition will be an interactive installation filling the space with its strange metallic fronds. Within it you will find a puppet theatre in a hedge, make cloud-gazing poems, add blooms of joy to the garden, marvel at mechanical artwork, investigate garden games and the growth of plants, as well as discovering art from some brilliant contemporary artists.


Normal admission charges apply



Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate - National Trust
Nr Wilmslow




General Enquiries


Education Department



01625 527468


01625 539267

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