Hat Works

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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Marie Thornton

Making Headway - Bringing Hatting Home

  • 1 December 2014 — 24 May 2015 *on now

Hat Works Museum is Bringing Hatting Home with an exciting exhibition featuring two brand new collections of hats: Couture and Ready To Wear.

This exhibition celebrates and showcases the fabulous work of 13 emerging millinery talents selected to participate in this Art Council funded initiative through open competition. Following a series of masterclasses designed to further develop their millinery expertise, two fabulous collections of hats inspired by Stockport museums collections have been created.

For the very first time at Hat Works, the hats on show in the exhibition are for sale and present visitors with a unique opportunity to buy couture and Ready To Wear fashion hats by future millinery stars.



Hat Works
Wellington Mill
Wellington Road South

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