Group tours

Hat Works - Access by stairs only.

Due to essential maintenance work the lift at Hat Works will not be operational between Thursday 8th June and Tuesday 18th July 2017. Our Gallery of Hats on Level 2 will not be accessible to visitors reliant on the use of a lift. This will not affect anyone attending a millinery course, baby session or Project.INC on Level 2 of the museum. Visitors wishing to experience our machinery floor and guided tour can gain access through our Daw Bank entrance by ringing 0161 474 2399 on arrival.

1. Overview

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.

You can find further information about tours in our information pack (PDF 122Kb).