Five places to visit in Stockport

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 June 2014

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Take in some local history on a visit to Stockport

Bramall Hall

A Tudor manor house in 70 acres of landscaped park with a fine selection of 16th century wall paintings, Bramall Hall is a superb example of a Cheshire black and white timber framed manor house. The parkland features two lakes, woodland walks, gardens and a play area.

Staircase House

The 15th century Staircase House on Market Place has an intriguing collection of period rooms linked by narrow passages and the cage Newell staircase – one of only three in the country. Originally the home of Stockport mayor William Dodge, an audio guide now tells the fascinating history of the house.

Chadkirk Chapel and Country Estate

Chadkirk Country Estate is around 60 acres with low lying farmland and ancient woodland as well as an enchanting walled garden. The 14th century chapel building has links to St Chad and in recent decades if has been the subject of extensive restoration work. The grounds here are perfect for picnics.

Hat Works Museum

Consistently one of the region’s most impressive museums, this Grade Two listed building in the town centre is home to the UK’s first and only hat museum. Visitors can learn why Stockport was the centre of the country’s hat making industry, and enjoy exhibitions and displays.

Vernon Park and Museum

Vernon Park opened in 1858 and is Stockport’s oldest public park. It was built by impoverished mill workers on land donated to the council by Lord Vernon, and is known as Pinch Belly Park. The park features historic plant collections, a bandstand, bowling greens, water features and a sunken rose garden. Another good spot for a picnic.

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