Stockport is a borough in the south east of Greater Manchester. It was formerly famous as the centre of the hat-making industry.

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The Olde Vic

Close to the rear entrance of Stockport Station, this rather decrepit-looking pub is one of the most successful free houses in the area, offering a minimum of 5 different beers from small independent breweries around the UK. The owner, an ex-policeman, operates a no swearing and bad behaviour policy and offers a warm welcome to all in his eclectic and quirky pub.

Stockport Railway Station

Stockport station lies on the West Coast Main Line, and is served by 3 trains per hour to London (around 2 h) and Birmingham, as well as less frequent trains to Sheffield, Norwich, Shrewsbury, Cardiff and South Wales. Local trains link Stockport with Manchester (10 minutes), Macclesfield (12 minutes), Altrincham (15 minutes) and Chester (1 h 15 min).

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Stockport Bus Station

There is a good bus network. Useful services include the Skyline 199 service between Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Stockport and Manchester Airport[] and the 358 service to Hayfield in the Peak District.[] {{dead link|May 2016}}

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The Plaza

This lovingly restored 1930s cinema shows films and hosts theatre productions. The Christmas pantomime is one of the best in the region. You are welcome to look around or visit the authentic 1930s tearoom on the first floor with views out onto Mersey Square.

The Park Inn

A friendly local community pub that offers real ale, plenty of entertainment, food served lunchtimes and evenings, and a jukebox with music that spans seven decades which is absolutely FREE at all times. Take a virtual tour at their website!

Stockport Viaduct

Over eleven million bricks were used to build what was then the largest viaduct in the world. It is still hugely imposing and dominates the western edge of the town centre, and is a must for lovers of Victorian/railway architecture.

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Stockport Town Hall

Built 1904–08 in white Portland stone by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas, and opened by the then Prince and Princess of Wales. Wurlitzer organ concerts on Monday lunchtimes, tours available by arrangement for groups of 15+.

Air raid shelters

During World War II, an extensive network of tunnels was excavated in the sandstone under Stockport town centre to provide protection from bombing raids. One section has been opened up for visitors as a museum.


Nestled beneath the viaduct, this characterful little boozer has long attracted beer enthusiasts due to its wide range of ales, cosy interior and spectacular location.

Porter's Railway

This pub is often threatened by demolition but still survives at the time of writing. Its character and sheer range of ales is rivalled by few.

The Magnet

CAMRA regional pub of the year 2011. This pub has been restored and offers a wide range of cask ales and bottled beer from around the world.

Arden Arms

A runner-up in the CAMRA 2005 national pub awards. Excellent food at lunchtimes and weekends, good beer and reasonable wines.

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Bamford Arms

A Beefeater pub/restaurant located in the leafy suburb of Heaviley, around a mile south of Stockport town centre.

Cafe History

Fabulous. If you do go, pop upstairs to eat: it looks like the living room of a 1950s decadent musician.

Last Monsoon

If you're looking for a nice Indian meal, delivered to your door right in Stockport, this is for you!

Hat Works

"The UK's only museum dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear!"

Lyme Park

A stately home and extensive grounds owned by the National Trust.

Staircase House

Includes Stockport Story Museum.

Vernon Park and Museum

Stockport's oldest public park.

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