Quarry Bank



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Founded in 1784, Quarry Bank is one of the finest surviving industrial communities of the period. Inside the water and steam-powered cotton mill there are hands-on exhibits and demonstrations that show how traditional spinning and weaving was transformed through the ingenuity of early textile engineers. Features include the most powerful working waterwheel in Europe. At the Apprentice House you can discover what home life was like for the pauper children who worked in the mill. Visit the mill owner's house and garden, a picturesque valley retreat. After all this history take a walk through surrounding woods and farmland along the River Bollin.

Quarry Bank
STYAL, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs, chairlift, ramps, Braille, induction loops, buggy service
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open until 5 Nov, daily 10.30-5; 8 Nov-9 Feb, Wed-Sun 10.30-4: 10 Feb-4 Nov, daily 10.30-5; 7 Nov-30 Dec, Wed-Sun 10.30-4 (closed 8-21 Jan & 25 Dec)

About the area

Discover Cheshire

Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.

While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.

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