River Mersey, Wear Mill and Stockport Viaduct

Stockport is a borough in the south east of Greater Manchester. It was formerly famous as the centre of the hat-making industry. The River Mersey begins in Stockport just east of the Town Centre at the confluence of the Goyt and Tame.


Get in

By train

  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).

By car

Stockport is on the A6 and it has 2 entry points to the M60, the Manchester orbital motorway.

By air

Stockport is within 7 miles of Manchester Airport. A regular train service runs to Manchester Piccadilly from where trains to Stockport are frequent.

Get around

  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.)


Stockport Town Hall



McDonalds (x2), KFC, Frankie & Benny's, Nando's, and Pizza Hut to name but a few.



Robinson's Brewery

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. The brewery opened a visitor centre in 2013.

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.

Arden Arms


Davenport Park Hotel

Limited hotels in the centre of Stockport.

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