Stockport is a borough in the south east of Greater Manchester. It was formerly famous as the centre of the hat-making industry.
Stockport Railway Station. Stockport station lies on the West Coast Main Line, it 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).
Stockport is on the A6 and it has 2 entry points to the M60, the Manchester orbital motorway.
Stockport is within 7 miles of Manchester Airport. A regular train service runs to Manchester Piccadilly from where trains to Stockport are frequent.
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.
(An easily overlooked shortcut if you need to walk from the railway station to the bus station is as follows: turn left at the Station Road exit from the railway station, then as the road bends right, turn left onto a footpath opposite the swimming pool (well before you reach MacDonalds). Turn immediately right, down some steps signposted "Bus Station". Total walking time is around 5 minutes.)
- 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.
- Hat Works. ".the UK's only museum dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear!"
- Lyme Park (at Disley, 6 miles southeast).
- Stockport Town Hall
- 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.
McDonalds (x2), KFC, Frankie & Benny's and Pizza Hut to name but a few. There is the fabulous History Cafe on Princes Street though. If you do go, pop upstairs to eat: it looks like a the living room of a 1950s decadent musician.
- Takeaways for Delivery. Awesome tool, with an increasing number of places you can order from!
- Last Monsoon. If you're looking for a nice Indian meal, delivered to your door right in Stockport, this is for you!
The local brewery, Robinsons, are the major supplier to most of the area's pubs, although other Manchester breweries and micro breweries are well represented. There are some 250 pubs and bars within the metropolitan borough of Stockport.
The UK real ale organisation CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ales) features many Stockport pubs in its guide and lists a record number (5) of pubs on its National Inventory of Historic Pubs. Stockport is very appealing to fearless beer/pub architecture enthusiasts in the wider area, with far more pubs than most towns of its size. A few of the best appear below.
- Bamford Arms, Buxton Road, Heaviley, Stockport. A Beefeater pub/restaurant located in the leafy suburb of Heaviley, around a mile south of Stockport town centre.
- The Park Inn. New Bridge Lane, Portwood. 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!
- Arden Arms. Millgate. A runner-up in the CAMRA 2005 national pub awards. Excellent food at lunchtimes and weekends, good beer and reasonable wines.
- The Olde Vic. Chatham Street, Edgeley. 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.
- Porter's Railway. Portwood (just east of town centre). This pub is often threateend by demolition but still survives at the time of writing. Its character and sheer range of ales is rivalled by few.
- Crown. 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.
- The Magnet, 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.
Limited hotels in the centre of Stockport.
- The Alma Lodge, ☎ . A6 1 mile south of the centre.
- Premier Travel Inn Stockport South, ☎ . A6 1 mile south of the centre.
- Premier Travel Inn Stockport East, ☎ . Churchgate, close to central Stockport.
- Davenport Park Hotel, ☎ . A6 1.5 miles south of centre.
- Britannia Hotel Stockport, ☎ . Dialstone Lane, Offerton (off A626 or A6).
- Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club, ☎ . Osbourne Street, Bredbury (2 miles east of town centre).