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Quarry Bank, Styal

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#2 of 54 in Historic Sites in Cheshire
Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
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One of the world’s best-preserved Industrial Revolution textile mills, heritage-listed Quarry Bank 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.
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  • What an amazing experience.A brilliant visit into our industrial past, especially the forced use of young children in the workforce. Loved all aspects of this visit, especially the Apprentice’s... 
    What an amazing experience.A brilliant visit into our industrial past, especially the forced use of young children in the workforce. Loved all aspects of this visit, especially the Apprentice’s...  more »
  • My group enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at Quarry Bank, located 11 miles from Manchester. I most enjoyed a visit to the Apprentice House, where you hear stories about the children (some as young as... 
    My group enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at Quarry Bank, located 11 miles from Manchester. I most enjoyed a visit to the Apprentice House, where you hear stories about the children (some as young as...  more »
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  • Truly excellent grounds, clearly lovingly cared for, both structured and "natural". The Mill itself is wonderfully maintained and presented. The Mill staff are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The restaurant serves good food, reasonably priced, by friendly and helpful staff. Overall a great place for both adults and children of all ages. HIGHLY recommended. Well done the National Trust - an endeavour to be proud of.
  • Excellent for a trip out with kids. Loads of free parking and plenty of nice areas to walk. I only noticed as I left they have free EV chargers which is good too - not sure on reliability or speed but will check it out next time. Great for a few hours exploring nature with the kids. Steeped in history but it isn't ousted down your throat - you don't have to pay if you don't visit the mill or the Gardens. Highly recommended

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