This is a museum where you are positively encouraged to touch, walk on, smell and experience the 15th century exhibit – the oldest house in Stockport.
There are 16 rooms in the beautifully restored townhouse. On arrival children are handed a cloth pack with individual mini-bags providing an activity to match most of the rooms. One per family is probably enough. They’re aimed at older ones but it is worth getting one whatever the age of your kids, just for the two glove puppets that are included. In all areas, bar the dining room, children can inspect and play with the objects, allowing you to relax and have a good look round yourself. One of the favourites for the under fives is the counting room, where you can write with quill pens and literally get covered in ink. Another is the dressing up area – the only downside is that it’s hard to drag them away!
The Stockport Story Museum is attached and offers a background to life in the town. Of interest to little ones is the market stall and medieval costumes to try on, found on Level 4, plus the Victorian dressing up boxes and toys dotted on each level.
Staircase House: Tues-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm,
Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £4.45, Child £3.25, under 5s free.
The Stockport Story Museum: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm,
Sun 11am-5pm. Admission free. Both closed Mon except Bank Hols. Café on site.
Staircase House, 30-31 Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES
Tel: 0161 218 1460 stockport.gov.uk/museums