Discover how Cotton made Manchester
Manchester is a city built on cotton. 90% of the world's cotton trade used to come from this city in Victorian times, which gave Manchester the name Cottonopolis.
This tour shows off two fascinating locations. The Museum of Science and Industry has the best collection of cotton technology, and spins cotton every day. It's the closest you can get to travelling back in time to the noise and chaos of the mill.
Then we will take you by car a half hour drive away to Quarry Bank Mill. Now looked after by the National Trust, and set in 400 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside, this location will bring your new cotton knowledge to life.
The tour begins at the Museum of Science and Industry to watch cotton making demonstrations and hear about how Manchester became the city of cotton. Then we transfer by car in thirty minutes to see Quarry Bank Mill to see the industrial palaces where the cotton was produced. Then we transfer back to Manchester.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The Museum of Science and Industry, on Liverpool Road in Manchester. The postcode is M3 4FP.
End location: We can drop you back at any convenient city centre location.
Duration: 4 hours
Our vehicles are hired from Enterprise Car Club and are clean, comfortable and appropriate for party size.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 GBP - Cost of lunch at MoSI or Quarry Bank Mill is not included in the tour fee.