Tel: 0161 202 2940
Distance: Approx. 8.5 miles
Opening Times: Thursdays: 7.00pm - 10.00pm
A wonderful structure built in 1902 a still containing the original Grugg telescope and refractor.
There are panoramic views of the city from the observatory's gallery.
Disabled access: difficult because of the spiral staircase used to get to the observatory.
|John Rylands Library|
Opening Times: This library is closed for major refurbishment until 2005
Housed in a Victorian Gothic building, this is a fascinating collection of early printed books including the Gutenberg Bible, several Caxtons and manuscripts dating back to 2000BC.
|Nether Alderley Mill|
Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4TW
Tel: Information from: 01625 584412
Distance: Approx. 3 miles
Opening Times: For 2004: April 1st-October 31st: Wednesday-Friday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays :1.00pm-5.00pm
A watermill dating from the 15th century with working machinery. The Victorian machinery was restored in the 1960s after 30 years of lying derelict. Regular flour-grinding demonstrations now take place.
A charge is made. Free for National Trust members.
Disabled access: Ground floor is largely inaccessible and there is no access to the other floors.
|Quarry Bank Mill|
Quarry Bank Road, Styal, Wilmslow
Tel: 01625 527468
Water power was the wonder of the late 18th Century and today you can see this technological breakthrough in action at Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate. Award-winning galleries are devoted to water and steam power, with hands-on displays and exhibits, an 1830s Beam Engine and a Horizontal Steam Engine which steam daily.
Discover the lives of the mill workers and how pauper children spent their time, with lessons in the schoolroom, and hours working cleaning up cotton waste among the clattering looms which today produce Styal Calico cloth.
Meet people who once worked in cotton mills with a lifetime of stories to share with you.
The essence of a visit to Quarry Bank Mill is the warm, friendly atmosphere. Situated in over 384 acres of the beautiful countryside of Styal Country Estate, this remarkable Georgian museum is a valuable resource for learning more about our industrial and social heritage.
You can enjoy country and riverside walks, explore our history, shop, or simply relax.