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Stockport has a lot to offer: Robinson's beer, produced at the local brewery since 1865, a history of hat making, and even underground tunnels dating back to World War 2. Nestled between the villages of Cheshire and the Derbyshire Peaks, trains to Stockport from Manchester only take about 10 minutes.
For forward travel around the town, the bus station is just a simple 10-minute walk from Stockport train station, while a rank of cabs sits directly outside the station’s main entrance for more local trips.
Throughout your visit, Stockport Viaduct will be a constant presence. Built in 1840 it remains the largest brick structure in the UK with 27 arches and 11 million bricks. Housed in a restored Victorian mill the Hat Works Museum is a recreation of a hat factory with a large collection of industrial machinery... and lots of hats. For a glimpse into the life of medieval and renaissance Stockport, go to Staircase House for a tour around a rare Jacobean dwelling.
Where The Light Gets In has no menu and is rather expensive (compared to its neighbours), but this extraordinary dining experience is setting Manchester alight and gaining rave reviews. The award-winning Midway Pub & Dining is less radical but no less appealing and it’s a firm favourite with locals. The Arden Arms is a beautiful pub dating back to the early 19th century near the old marketplace in Stockport. Their slogan is: ‘Real Ale, Real Food and Real Fires’.
Set in 7 acres of stunning grounds located in the Goyt Valley, Bredbury Hall Hotel also has a nightclub attached that is open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights. Just a mile from the station, the Wycliffe Hotel is a family run hotel and restaurant that’s ideal for both business travellers and sightseers.
At the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, you can get to grips with lots of vehicles like vintage fire engines, and they even have the Popemobile on site. The Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park has boars (as you’d expect), longhorn cows and more animals that are a real treat for children of all ages.
For more ideas on what to do in Stockport, see Visit Manchester.