I’m rather fond of Hat Works. The museum – the only one of its kind in the UK – is home to a recreated hat factory with restored machinery, and a collection of over 400 hats from around the world. Because Hat Works is not on the usual tourist trail, it’s often possible to catch it relatively quiet so I like to visit with a few mum friends and our little ones on a rainy day.
The children love trying on the hats and enjoy guessing what the different styles on display are used for. There’s a family fun zone off the first floor which has several toys, dressing up stuff and chairs for parents! On the ground level, you’ll find the machinery gallery with an array of working Victorian hatting machines along with a typical hatter’s cottage and office.
The museum is free but if you require a more in-depth tour with a guide then this can be arranged for a small charge.
The main entrance to the museum is on the A6 – we parked on meters just to the side on Wood Street.
Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun & Bank Holidays 11am-5pm.
Admission free. No longer a café on site.
Hat Works, Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU
Tel: 0161 474 2400 stockport.gov.uk