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Hat Works Museum of Hatting

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Well worth a visit

We'd been wanting to visit for years by the time we went last week - and we weren't disappointed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Becky H
Insightful passage through time.

Fascinating story about the history of hatting in the area. Our guide, Sue, was informative... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mabwilcox
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Wellington Mill Wellington Road South | Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd been wanting to visit for years by the time we went last week - and we weren't disappointed! The staff are all very very lovely and the tour guide we had was passionate about the museum because its history was also her own family...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating story about the history of hatting in the area. Our guide, Sue, was informative, friendly and full of interesting stories about the topic - the personal connection really brought the story alive. Thank you Sue.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

History is often soon forgotten. The Hat Works Museum of Hatting remembers a key Stockport industry, now a shadow of its former self. Not only is the history remembered but also the processes that produced hats from early cottage industry to mass production. Not only...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were given a tour of here in November. The lady that takes you around is very knowledgeable and answers any questions you have. Lots to see in here its all be laid out very well.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

Just 4 of us in group but guide, Roger was brilliant, giving very detailed explanation of the felt to many types of related hats and how the process changed through the ages. Wonderful exhibits and enhanced with videos, some of the time of early manufacture....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank QualityTraveller2
Reviewed 1 January 2019

Even though we had lived near Stockport for many years, we had never found time to visit the 'Hat Works'. We didn't know what we'd missed! Entrance is free but to maintain the museum donations are asked for where possible. We entered from the street...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank MrsBee55
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

The Hat Works guided tour began with 10 min video & then personally guided tour around the old hat making machinery. Extremely knowledgeable local man as Guide. Fascinating process and overall interesting. Possibly a struggle for small children as could be a little dull, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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BronwenS48, Museum Officer at Hat Works Museum of Hatting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

Thank-you so much for your review. The tour really does help bring the history of the hat trade to life. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 9 December 2018

We were en route to Derbyshire and looking for somewhere to visit on the way. I looked up things to do in Stockport and came across the Hat Works. I thought it might be mildly interesting but I was wrong - it was quite fascinating....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rovers09
Reviewed 30 November 2018

One of a small number of excellent museums in Stockport, this one features the hatting industry which once centred on this area. You enter via a very nice shop with a very good hat selection for sale. Downstairs there are two floors, one with extensive...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile

My mother in law came over for the weekend and I thought this would be a nice museum to spend the morning. The museum is free but tours are £5. We did not take the tour. The museum gives a good idea of what life...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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jill1907
16 September 2018|
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Response from perizada2017 | Reviewed this property |
To a point. Hats and clothes to try on and lots to see. The work room may be a bit boring and noisy if the machines are being demonstrated
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jayBedfordshire
4 September 2018|
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Response from BronwenS48 | Property representative |
Hi there, Hat Works is just a 5 min walk from the train station and a 2 min walk from the bus station. It is signposted from the train station and the building can be clearly seen from the bus station. Thanks
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SpideressUK
4 June 2018|
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Response from sharoncN4034SB | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did.
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