All our tours are led by our expert demonstrators who will share their knowledge and expertise about the history of the hatting industry. You will be taken on a tour, giving you insight into the processes involved in producing a hat.
Learn about the cottage industry, pay a visit to a typical hatter’s cottage, enjoy demonstrations with our original working Victorian-style machinery, plus much more.
Tours can be customised on request to suit the size of your party and. the length of time you have to spend at the museum. Please note that a normal guided tour lasts approximately 1 hour.
Following the tour your party will be able to enjoy our large hat gallery with a collection of over 400 hats from around the world, including celebrity hats and a top hat reputed to be the tallest in the world. In this gallery visitors will also find our temporary exhibition space which is always popular with visitors and has a wide-ranging exhibition programme.
Tours during opening hours cost £2.65 per person - evening tours (after 5pm) cost £6.10 per person.
How to book a Group Tour
Contact Hat Works to make your booking by using the contact details in the menu on the right. Our friendly and efficient team will take all your party details and requirements.
A letter of confirmation and directions will be sent out to the organiser, detailing in full your visit to the museum.
Payment can be made on the day, with cheques made payable to Stockport MBC (Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council).
If you cancel a booking less than 48 hours prior to your visit, the full charge is liable.
Stockport Plaza is offering refreshments to Hat Works group tour visits (minimum of 10) - booking essential.
Please Note - To ensure availability for your group in the Tea Rooms please book with the Plaza when you make your booking at Hat Works. Notice for bookings needs to be at least 24 hours before for your visit.
Telephone Stockport Plaza for details and to book for refreshments - 0161 480 3818.
Plaza group tours are also available on request - contact the Plaza on the above number for more details.