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Hat Works Museum of Hatting

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A cool museum, especially if you really like hats

The array of hats displayed is staggering, and you get the story of how they were made and the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Miami, Florida
Popped in on chance.

We called in on the off chance and really enjoyed the experience. Didn't realise how much history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mike B
via mobile
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Wellington Mill Wellington Road South | Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU, England
+44 161 474 2399
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 September 2013

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...More

4  Thank ChivonneHead
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 26 May 2009

I took a small group of children here and found the staff to be very intolerant - we spent about 20 minutes walking around and then left - one lady followed us around the lower floor to make sure we didn't touch anything! Staff need...More

3  Thank manchester1234
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All reviews guided tour on display making process working machinery fascinating history rainy day worth a visit small charge rabbit free entry interesting visit couple of hours wander around great insight all ages own pace town centre
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The array of hats displayed is staggering, and you get the story of how they were made and the people involved. I liked the gift store a lot, I wish I had bought the hat I tried on, it rocked. Go for an hour, enjoyable....More

Thank rycharde_madethis
BronwenS48, Museum Officer at Hat Works Museum of Hatting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank-you so much for this fab review! Glad you liked our shop - we love sourcing hat-related gifts and crafty items!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called in on the off chance and really enjoyed the experience. Didn't realise how much history was involved really good time. Staff very helpful.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating insight into one of the lesser known industries which boomed at a time when everyone seems to have worn a hat ! Very informative and superbly presented along with the original production machinery which was also made locally and reflects Stockport's notable history...More

Thank lyndaandpaul2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went there as part of a theatre conference and was shown round by one of the excellent guides. Sadly not all the exhibits were working due to H&S but it is a fascinating place and you must visit to see a part of our...More

Thank Wilmslow_People
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been meaning to visit the hat museum for a long time, Iā€™m so glad I finally went today with my wife .The guide was excellent a local I would guess,he answered all my questions and made the museum come alive for us ....More

Thank mikesalernita
BronwenS48, Museum Officer at Hat Works Museum of Hatting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review - so glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an excellent guided tour of this museum and learnt so much. Hatters make hats for the gentlemen and milliners make the ladies hats. Loads of beautiful hats on display including some which could be tried on. Very complex machinery for stretching the hoods -...More

Thank CAH1949
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who knew that the making of hats could be so interesting. Whilst this is not a working museum, the tour guide brought it all to life. People, working conditions, machinery equipment and methods (no health and safety in the past!!) plus a wonderful display of...More

Thank Hazel E
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Just happened to come across this museum one Sunday morning. It was really interesting with a good mix of hats and the equipment used to make them. Free entry too.

Thank Katja T
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

A great way to spend a rainy afternoon (or a sunny one come to that). I never imagined hats could be so interesting. ......from the basic processing to the finished article it's all here šŸŽ©. Very friendly receptionist who stars in some of the videos....More

Thank ianandsuepedley
Reviewed 15 September 2018

I have been to this museum on numerous occasions. It is fully wheelchair accessible, with lifts throughout. Go down to the first floor, where you get a introduction to hats of all shapes, designs and sizes, hats from around the world, hats of different religious...More

Thank bazonian2015
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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
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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4 June 2018|
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Response from sharoncN4034SB | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did.