Quarry Bank Mill is an industrial heritage site south of Manchester, owned by the National Trust. The main attraction of the site is a large cotton mill dating from 1784. Some of the machinery is still functional and partly powered by Europe’s largest working water wheel. In addition to the mill, there are also glimpses of how the people of the time lived, with tours of the Apprentice House, workers cottages and (soon to open) the stately home of the Greg family. There are also extensive gardens and woodland walks, making the site a rare combination of industrial heritage, stately home and countryside. Our photographs are all from a single visit, however this is a location that would reward repeat visits to fully explore the mill, gardens and the various properties on site.
Postcode: SK9 4LA
Quarry Bank Mill is close to Manchester Airport, and is signposted from the M56. Take the airport turn-off at junction 5 from the M56 and drive past the airport on Ringway Road. After two miles, turn right onto Styal Road, the continue for 1.5 miles to reach the turn-odd for Quarry Bank Mill. At the time of our visit, they were working on a new car-park and entrance, so these details may change, but the mill is signposted from the motorway, so there should be no difficulties.