Hat Works Museum of Hatting

Hat Works Museum of Hatting

Hat Works Museum of Hatting
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lionel. M Jones
2 contributions
Mar 2020
I love the hat museum. I went here with my freinds when we missed our bus. Better than waiting in the cold. We Had the time of our lives. Stayed hours. Could not get over the grand scope of this place. Such a good time. If your intersted in hats, craft, history, or FUN, come to the hat museum. Every second is a godsend. Bless.
Written January 18, 2021
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ronelworth
Sandbach, UK3 contributions
Apr 2019
The Hat Works might well be unique, although I imagine there may be something similar in Luton. It provides a glimpse into a piece of the past which is easy to overlook. Everybody wore a hat at one time and this museum lifts the lid, so to speak, on it all. Highly recommended.
Written February 12, 2020
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HurstHollow
Manchester, UK38 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Less than 5 minutes walk from Stockport Railway station is a great little Museum all about the town's history of felt hat making. The machinery show the processes with good video archive. Do not miss the films of the worker's stories right at the end - easy to miss. Lots of hats of all types on display and some for sale. A real treat if you are interested on how hats were made.
Also recommend lunch at the Plaza and a visit to the Air Raid Tunnels to make a full day.
Written September 9, 2014
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ChivonneHead
Dukinfield, UK13 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
I arrived at the hatting museum hatless, so as you can imagine I was very relieved when I got inside and you could try on a lot of the hats. Phew.

You can see in the pictures what sort of hats were on offer, and we also had a very nice gentleman informing us about hatting and how hats were made. Stockport has a history of hatting, it was very popular in the 19th and early 20th century before people stopped caring about hats and replaced them with daft things like ear muffs, of which I hope there will never be a museum dedicated to.

There was a mad hatter's tea party which you can see me joining in zealously in the photographs. I can't remember why now, but there was also a stuffed beaver and a giant-ish stuffed rabbit which was very life-like, so if you are taking small children of a nervous disposition here then be careful. However, most children will love it, it's very child friendly with lots of play areas.

There is also the opportunity to dress up, I enjoyed pretending to be the queen in a rather oversized and ostentatious crown, which I enjoyed wearing immensely as you can see in the photograph. There is a hat to suit everyone here, and even if you are dog ugly you will no doubt find a hat which can disguise this at least semi-efficiently.

A good day for anyone who has even a fleeting interest in hats.
Written September 8, 2013
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Peter H
Greater Manchester, UK541 contributions
Sep 2019
What a great way to spend a couple of hours, learning about one of the most important industries that made Stockport known around the world. The cost of entry is £5 but a multi-site ticket is available that also includes the Air Raid Tunnels, Staircase House and Bramall Hall, this costs just £13 and never expires although you can only visit each attraction once. Our tour guide Ruth was a wealth of knowledge on the subject and a very engaging and interesting speaker. We learned so much about our local heritage and it was a pleasure to be in the company of her and our companions on the tour. There is a great exhibition of hats and other paraphenalia on the middle floor and a nice shop area on the top floor. The bottom floor is where the tour really explains all the processes in making hats and felting. It's a shame that the dreaded health and safety brigade have stepped in and, at present, none of the machines are running.
Written September 30, 2019
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Justine G
Manchester, UK151 contributions
Aug 2019
I've been to the hat museum a few times before. I didn't like the extra displays as much as I have previously. There were some interesting places, like the hatter's cottage, but the machines on the ground floor just seemed endless and clumped together. My children were quite happy walking around and it was not boring, but my son thought it was a little small and not varied enough. A wide range of children in age, but they all enjoyed (as did the adults) trying on all the hats. I thought it was great to have the discovery bags (with torches, magnifying glass and binoculars) for the children, but not many opportunities to use them. My 2 year old and 6 year old had fun with them, but it was playing, rather than useful, which was fine.
Written August 23, 2019
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samsung c
Stockport, UK5 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Worth a few hours if you are in and around manchester - learn how hats were made and the origins of the mad hatter from lewis carroll! great fun day out!
Written July 2, 2019
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Thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed your visit. Please come back and see us soon.
Written July 3, 2019
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N.Wilson
Manchester, UK389 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
We went here and ended up on a guided tour with Sue and it was just us three - Sue was such a lovely and informative lady and she was an absolute joy to meet!!
Not only was she excellent at her job and with an obvious real passion for what she does, she also let us ask questions and even asked me about a history project I'd done regarding the old Christ Church ruin on the A6 and at no time did she rush the tour or make us feel like pests as we were the only ones with her.
We'd been unsure as to whether to take the Hat Works tour as neither of us are that interested in hats but we're so glad we did it and that's all thanks to Sue and we actually learnt quite a lot from her.
It was also lovely to see her lovely smiley face up on reception as we left too - she is a total credit to Hat Works!!!
Written March 13, 2016
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Richard C
Aylesbury, UK560 contributions
Sep 2014
This is the only hat museum in the UK and is near Stockport bus and train stations.
I have often wanted to visit as you see the chimney sign from the Manchester train which we take from down south frequently.The museum is a quality example of how old history can be explained in a fantastically simple way yet show how the process involved and staff work was so dangerous due to noise of equipmeny,chemicals used as well a lack of health and safety standards over100 years ago. The equipment is demonstrated and each area of hat making explained very well. Origins of phrases such as"mad as a hatter" are now understood so well after the visit. It is best to do guided tour and allow say two hours as there is much to cover and enjoy.
This museum is very special and it is important that Stockport council invest in this setup as there is a clear future here and also plenty of commercial opportunity as well as a heritage for all to savour.
Much has been said in earlier reviews about the closed cafe. Don't despair plenty of options are nearby of which the Plaza should be high on a list. Also McDonald's, Debenhams and others are close by.
Visit this amazing museum and marvel at how people earned their living to create hats for everyone... Its a special place and one I will revisit.
Written September 3, 2014
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64Rod
Cheshire, UK223 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
I have lived in this area for over 60 years and have never visited the museum before, which is a shame considering my father and uncle worked all their lives making hats in Stockport. My expectations were not high - how can hats be that interesting? Well I was amazed at this museum - not only is it very well laid out with plenty of easy to read and fascinating information, but the sheer amount and variety for headwear on display is truly amazing. Everything from top hats to military headgear - fabulous ladies fashion to ceremonial and religious wear. The range on display is staggering.

The basement area covers the actual production of the hats and I stood in front of a planking machine - the type my father spent his entire working life operating - and I realised just how hard people like him worked to bring up and support a family.

Even without a connection to the industry I am sure most visitors would appreciate just how good is this exhibition and how poorer we are now that the wearing of hats is no longer fashionable.
Written September 3, 2014
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