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Quarry Bank

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National Trust, Quarry Bank Mill, Quarry Bank Road, Styal, Wilmslow, SK9 4LA - 

  • Users

    Up to
    150 guests

Quarry Bank is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, set within 250 acres of the beautiful Styal estate in Cheshire. Established in 1784, Quarry Bank was home to a thriving community at a defining moment in history.
The historic cotton mill founded by the Greg family is still a working mill and brings the early Industrial Revolution to life, while the picturesque gardens overflow with an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility.

Surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens, woodland and meadows, the Quarry Bank’s historic weaving rooms now house our beautiful function suites that boast spectacular dual-aspect views out across the cobbled mill yard and Bollin Valley. We are no ordinary venue and appreciate that every event
is unique. Our professional and experienced events team will ensure that every detail is arranged accordingly to suit your individual requirements.

Capacity & layout

Theatre

Theatre

up to 150

Boardroom

Boardroom

up to 30

Cabaret

Cabaret

up to 120

Classroom

Classroom

up to 100

Catering & drinks

Catering arrangements

Catering arrangements

Refreshments

Refreshments

Alcohol

Alcohol

Amenities

Air conditioning

Air conditioning

Disabled access

Disabled access

Lectern

Lectern

Public transport

Public transport

Premises parking

Premises parking

Audio & visual

Sound system

Sound system

Projector & screen

Projector & screen

WiFi

WiFi

Space rules

Cancellation policy

100% refundable 1 day before the event

Location

Reviews

  • David Bosworth.

    March 2024

    We visited Thursday morning it wasn't too busy, first we got on the tour for the apprentice house. The guide was in a period costume and she was very knowledgeable, the information was great and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Then we made for the cafe/restaurant for a cup of tea followed by a visit to the shop and book shop. Moving on to the mill itself, we were surprised to see the looms and machinery working, the guides fully explained how the machines worked. We then walked down to the village, unfortunately we had not pre booked the workers house so could not see around . I felt that some information before the quite long walk would have assisted us perhaps a sign on the first gate near the visitor centre would be appropriate. However we had a lovely 3 hours looking around, there is a good area for children, it really does take you back in time and how hard life was for the children who had to work in the mill.

  • Duncan Parsons

    May 2024

    Car park is some way from the Mill though close to the Apprentice House. For those with mobility issues there is a buggy service. The Mill is absolutely astonishing. It's history profoundly disturbing. The exploitation, in the main, of the workforce amounted to slavery. With few benefits, though some, for those involved. The house is hardly worth a visit. Concentrate on the Mill and the Apprentice house. Both are a remarkable experience. The young man guiding us round the Apprentice House was excellent and deserves special mention. The gardens are spectacular . Regrettably on this occasion we were unable to enjoy them don't waste your time going to Styal village. The chapel is never open. And there is nothing else there worth the effort walking there. Recommend a visit unreservedly. If nothing else it will let you appreciate how lucky one is to not have been forced to work there in those conditions

  • Karen Fearn

    May 2024

    Beautiful gardens and a very interesting museum. There are tours and guides. You need some good footwear as there are a few steep hills, there is a small bus that can help out😊. Lovely shoe and two places to eat, or you can take a picnic. When you walk around the museums it brings home the terrible conditions that people had to work in, also there is lots of information about the family who owned the mill, they were traders in slavery which gives all pause for thought. Very interesting day. On a brighter note check out the gift shop some lovely items 😊.

  • Dani Wolf

    May 2024

    Beautiful grounds & gardens, and fascinating information and perspective on the somewhat grim history. Visit the living starters of child labourers in a guided tour, the mill with working old noisy machinery and the owner's house to see "how the other half lived" in comfort and luxury. Very educational. Maybe the tour should include just a tad more acknowledgement of the unfairness of how girls/women were treated (less space in dormitory, half the pay) to contextualize this, for the sake of the girls in the audience. There were some lively girls in the audience of our tour and I was very aware of the impact on them and how they tried to make sense of this.