Wilmslow Travel Guide

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Wilmslow Things to Do

  • Where the celebrities live

    Wilmslow and the surrounding area has a high proportion of millionaires living here. From Premier League footballers to businessmen to household names in the celebrity world. Walking around you can see why as the neighbourhood is very well to do. Even posher is Alderley Edge 2 miles south.

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  • Quarry Bank Mill

    Quarry Bank mill was founded by Samuel Greg in 1784, the mill continued in commercial production until 1959. It lies in the village of Styal near Wilmslow, Cheshire and is now cared for and maintained by the National Trust. It is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution. As you walk around the Mill you can see...

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  • The Gardens at Quarry Bank Mill

    The Gardens at Quarry Bank mill are a joy to explore. There are many species of trees and flowers which provide a coulourful display during the gardening year. An interesting feature to explore is a cave, carved out of the soft red sandstone, situated above the garden. This is an excellent spot for a picnic right beside the river.A joint ticked for...

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  • Styal Village

    Styal Village was created by Samuel Greg of the nearby Quarry Bank Mill as a complete village for the mill workers. Situated in picturesque countryside, it is just a ten minutes walk away from the mill. We took a wander around the Village, it was like taking a step back in time. We found rows and rows of picturesque red-brick cottages, village...

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  • The Apprentic House at Quarry Bank Mill

    The Apprentice house is situated just a few minutes walk away from Quarry Bank Mill. It is here the pauper children who worked at the mill were housed. The Children were educated, fed and slept here after some gruelling shifts at the mill. The National Trust guide will take you around the house sharing some fascinating facts about the conditions in...

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  • Styal Village

    Built for the workers of the cotton mill Styal is a lovely little village that is well worth a look if your in the area. We walked around and then had lunch in the local pub 'The Ship Inn'

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  • Apprentice House, (Quarry Bank Mill,...

    When we visited Quarry Banl mill we had a tour of the Apprentice House which housed the pauper children who worked in the mill. These were Children who had come from the workhouses and at Quarry Bank Mill they were really well looked after unlike many other mills of the time. That does not mean that life was not hard, The Children would work for 12...

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  • Quarry Bank Mill (Styal)

    Founded by Samuel Greg in 1784 Quarry Bank Mill is one of the best preserved textile mills from the Industrial Revolution and is now a fantastic working museum for the cotton industry.You can see very interesting demonstrations on how cotton was processed into cloth and see how water powered the mill and then how it was supplemented by steam...

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  • Quarry Bank Mill, Gardens and Styal...

    Visiting this National Trust attraction is highly recommended. This industrial heritage site has a mill by the River Bollin and the cotton mill was discovered by the Gregg family in the 18th Century and was in operation until the mid 20th Century. The mill features Europe's most powerful working waterwheel and its impressive machinery. At the mill...

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  • A lovely walk through the Styal National...

    In England they have absolutely beautiful parks where you can take your dog for a good run and this is one of them. The walks are well maintained and well populated even in the middle of the morning when we took a walk! It took us about an hour to get to Quarry Mill in Styal and then we headed back home. Wonderful greenery and fresh air.

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  • Norcliffe Chapel

    This chapel was built by Samuel Greg in 1823. The mill workers could it seems chose their own minister and it was at first baptist, but later it became a Unitarian and is still that today.The porch was added by Robert Hyde Greg when the church was renovated in 1867.There are not many times when the church is actually open to view, but I think it is...

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  • The Village School

    The school opened in 1823. Younger children were taught here during the day and the older children, who were then working in the mill, would be taught here in the evenings.In 1844 new laws were introduced whereby children under 13 years of age could only for for 6.1/2 hours per day and then they had 3 hours of school.It is still the village primary...

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  • Oak Cottages

    These cottages were built around 1820 for the mill workers by Samuel Greg. They paid rent for them, they have two rooms on the ground floor and two upstairs. As there are steps up to the front door, there are also steps down to a basement, and apparently these were sometimes 'let' separately to a different family.In front of the houses are there...

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  • The Apprentice House

    The Apprentice House was built in 1788 to house mainly orphans or the children from families too poor to look after them themselves, or children who had been in the 'workhouses'. In the museum you can see the lists of names of children who lived and worked there. The wages they received, and whether or not they were treated for any illnesses by the...

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  • The Mill

    On the mill tour you can see the weaving shed, cotton processing, the power gallery, how the water wheel works, and much more.The MillOpen 1st April - 30 September Daily 10.30am - 5.30pmOctober - MarchTuesday - Sunday10.30-5pmThe Apprentice House and Garden:1st April - 30th SeptemberTuesday to Friday2 - 4.30pmSaturday, Sunday and School...

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Wilmslow Hotels

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  • Kingsley Lodge

    10 Hough Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 2LQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Stanneylands Hotel

    Stanneylands Road, Wilmslow, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4EY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Premier Inn Manchester - Airport South

    Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5LR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Wilmslow Restaurants

  • Wonderful food and atmosphere

    Every time my husband and I go to Wilmslow we make it a point to stop in at Sopranos for a wonderful meal. You will be greeted by Gianluca or Giorgio depending on whether it's dinner or lunch, and they are as wonderful and voluble as you would expect. Get Giorgio talking and he will tell you wonderful stories about the time that he served Don King...

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  • Great Friday night casual place

    This is where we would drop by for either takeout or dine in. Very casual Indian restaurant. The vindaloo would take the roof of your mouth off, as it should be and they had some of the best beer in Wilmslow. Anything spicy and it's all spicy.

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  • Excellent pizza!

    We loved this restaurant because on that day that you did not want to cook you could call them up and get an inexpensive pizza with the most delightful eclectic toppings. And if you placed an order for takeout you got 5% off! The pizza!

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Wilmslow Nightlife

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    by deebum25 Written Sep 26, 2008

    Just your regular neighborhood English pub. Everyone settles in for an evening of people watching and a few pints after work before walking home. Very friendly people, my husband's home away from home. This was St. Patrick's Day and no, we did not know these people.

    Dress Code: Decidedly casual

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Wilmslow Transportation

  • Smart Cars

    Considering the gas crunch we're experiencing in the US right now these cars would be a right smart idea. I've also seen them in Italy. They're perfectly square so that you can park them either way, and they are very fuel efficient. Since parking is at a premium in Wilmslow they come in handy.

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  • Parking

    If you are going to visit Quarry Bank Mill by car there is a large car park but the parking fee is £2.50!!!I think this is pretty expensive. I also think that if you are also paying to go into the Mill it should be deducted from your Mill entrance fee, sadly it isnt though.There is a smaller car park off Altrincham Road which is near the workers...

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Wilmslow Shopping

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    by bugalugs Written Apr 7, 2003

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    This is the National Trust Office within the mill site, where you can get information.

    Next door,is the Mill Shop, where you can buy all sorts of products produced at the mill eg. Tea towels, aprons, oven gloves, face clothes, napkins etc.

    Also for sale are all sorts of art and craft type products.

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Wilmslow Warnings and Dangers

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    by bugalugs Written Apr 7, 2003

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    Not really a warning, but thought I would share this with you. Here I was enjoying a tub of ice cream, when my husband realised what it said on the sign behind me. Much to his amusement and those passing by he felt 'obliged' to capture it on camera!!!!!

    I will have to be more careful where I sit in future!! :-)

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Wilmslow Favorites

  • Location and environs

    Wilmslow is only eleven miles from Manchester city centre and is set in a charming area with quaint house and country lanes. There are some lovely public gardens here, see the link. http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/gardenfinder/search.aspx?search=type:advanced-d:5-dr:1-twn:Wilmslow%2c+Cheshire-xy:38470%2c38120

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  • Thatched Cottage

    I love this thatched cottage. Its called Cruck Cottage. I dont suppose ordinary workers lived here, maybe it was one of the bosses.

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  • The Waterfall

    This is the waterfall which gushes the water down the river to the waterwheel which operates the power for the mill.

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