Hat Works

Hat Works
Wellington Mill
Wellington Road South






0161 474 2400


0161 480 8735

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Hat blocks on the machinery floor
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Hat Works is the UK's first and only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, headwear and hats. It is the winner of "Best Small Visitor Attraction 2002" awarded by England's Northwest Tourist Board. Hat Works is situated in an old cotton mill opposite Stockport Bus Station and only a two minute walk from Stockport Train station. At Hat Works you can learn about Stockport's fantastic historic history with hats and how the industry flourished throughout the 19th century.

Watch the hat makers as they reveal the art and mystery of hat making with working machinery. Enjoy the vast collection of hats on display ranging from the fine felt hats of the early 1800's to the catwalk fashion of the 21st century! Visit Stockport's very own Yurt (felt tent).
And there's more… relax whilst having a bite to eat or drink in the level 2 Internet Café.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Mondays: Closed

Admission charges

£2.65 for a guided tour - call to pre-book


  • Museums Association

The Hat Works is home to a fantastic collection of hats and headgear with some hats dating as far back as the 18th century. There are hats for every occasion, contemporary hats from todays top milliners, hats from all over the world and the worlds tallest top hat! The museum also houses a vast collection of Victorian millinery machinery which has been restored back to full working order.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Hat Works houses hats from top milliners such as Phillip Treacy and David Shilling.
  • A fantastic selection of millinery has been on the display in the changing exhibition area and have included hats and costumes from the hit movie Titanic and hats from characters in childrens literature.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of hats on market stall

Beginners Millinary Workshops

  • 26 April 2014 10am-4pm
  • 27 April 2014 10:30am-4pm

As part of the Arts Council funded Making Headway project, Hat Works museum is delighted to be able to offer these free workshops which will provide an introduction to basic millinery skills, and will teach the essentials of working with the two most widely used materials in hat making: felt and sinamay. Participants will be tutored by expert milliners who will offer a step by step guide, through some of the skills
needed to make hats and fascinators. All material will be provided. Saturdays 5th & 26th April – Working with sinamay. Sundays 6th & 27th April – Working with felt.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
Milinary Workshop

Hatting History Walk

  • 15 May 2014 6-9pm

To celebrate Museums at Night 2014 join our expert hatting guide,
who will take you on a guided walk through the historic streets of Stockport looking at the remains of the town’s once flourishing hatting industry. This is a moderate walk approximately 2 miles long and includes refreshments back at Hat Works after the walk and a short talk on hatting. Appropriate footwear and clothing are recommended.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+


Free. Booking Essential. Contact: 0161 474 2399.



Beutiful graphic of a ladies head wearing a hat with an  architectural background motif

Making Headway - The Catwalk Fashion Show

  • 17 May 2014 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm

See the Making Headway Fashion Show against the spectacular backdrop of St Mary’s Church in Stockport’s Market Place. This collection of hats created for Hat Works by 13 of the UK’s best up and coming milliners is inspired by Stockport’s Museum Collections. Discover the latest on the headwear scene in this fabulous catwalk show. The hats in the show will populate the Making Headway exhibton opening at Hat Works later on this month. The show is suitable for all with an interest in fashion.

Suitable for

  • Any age


St Mary's Church
Stockport Market Place
Greater Manchester

Getting there

Free bus from Stockport Train Station, NCP parking adjacent to the church.

Additional info

Fully Accessible


Come and see this spectacular high fashion catwalk show FREE of charge.
Contact: 0161 474 2399