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Industrial Stockport is one of the north’s archetypal textile towns – a place to discover the transformational effect of cotton and silk
Just ten miles from Manchester, Stockport's got its sights firmly fixed on the future, navigating a path away from industry and breathing new life into its disused Victorian factories.
Travellers on the Manchester spur of the West Coast Main Line will find it easy to get here on Virgin Trains with up to three services an hour to London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly. Northern Rail offers plentiful services to Manchester, Preston, Crewe and beyond. East Midlands Trains will take you to Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich, while Arriva Trains Wales travel via Stockport between Manchester and Milford Havern/Carmarthen. To get to and from Cleethorpes, you’ll need TransPennine , while CrossCountry serve Manchester Piccadilly, Bristol Temple Meads and Bournemouth.
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Take your hat off to Stockport and discover its rich hatmaking traditions at Hatworks at Wellington Mill. Or go underground to experience wartime life in Stockport Air Raid Shelters... and, when you’re safely back above ground, you’ll need a breath of fresh air in one of the town’s 12 local nature reserves.
Well-connected Stockport is a fine place to observe the movements of services for destinations across the north west. However, if you get down to street level, you won’t be able to miss the 27 arch viaduct that dominates the line at Stockport. Built in 1840 from some 11 million bricks, it’s still a marvellous structure to stand back and admire.
Stockport Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/spt/details.html
7 Spring Gardens
Greater Manchester SK1 4BT