Stockport Hat Museum – Hat Works

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Stockport’s Hat Museum (“Hat Works”) is the UK’s only museum dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear!

The museum was developed as a lottery funded regeneration project in Stockport, one of Manchester’s leading hatting towns.

The Hat Works is an award winning interactive Visitor Attraction housed in a restored Grade ll listed Victorian Mill. Wellington Mill was appropriately once a thriving hat factory.

Hat Works focuses on the development of the hatting industry from its humble beginnings in the cottage industry to the mass production of the early 19th century.

Live demonstrations of working machinery combined with an extensive collection of hats and stimulating audio-visual shows create an experience, which is thought provoking, educational and fun.

On the gallery floor you can see our extensive collection of hats from around the world as well as visiting our temporary exhibition space – where there is always an interesting interactive exhibition on offer. The temporary exhibition changes approximately every 3 months. On the gallery floor you will also find the Family Fun area where the young visitors will be entertained by the range of activities on offer.

On the recreated factory floor you can see our extensive collection of working Victorian style hatting machinery, along with a reconstructed hatter’s cottage, hat block workshop, working office and haberdashery shop front.

Monday – closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm
except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day closed

Admission charges – FREE* to ‘walk up’ visitors
*Please note that all guided tours, organised group visits and special events are charged for.

Guided tour prices
Adults: £4.75
Concessions: £3.50
Accompanied children under 16: FREE

Hat Works Museum of Hatting
Wellington Mill
Wellington Road South

Tel: 0161 355 7770

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