Hat Works Museum temporary closure

Hat Works Museum is closed to visitors for refurbishment and reinterpretation. For more information about the project follow us on our:

You can book a tour of our factory floor on selected dates.

About Hat Works Museum

Leisure - Hat Works Blocking machines

Discover the grizzly history of the fur trade, why Stockport was the perfect place to make hats and see our Victorian hatting machines in motion for the first time since 2016. Visitors can see more images, archive footage and objects than ever before.

The Gallery of Hats is still under construction. The museum is only open for booked tours of the factory floor.

Our factory floor tour is most suited to adults and young people but we also welcome children aged 8 and above. You can book a tour on selected dates. We may be able to release further tour times and dates in response to demand. Tickets must be booked in advance.

We'll soon be introducing a family friendly tour. It’s been a long journey and we cannot wait to welcome you!

The restoration of the machines has been funded by a grant from the Association for Industrial Archaeology which promotes the study, preservation and presentation of Britain's industrial heritage.

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