Stockport Air Raid Shelters, 61 Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1NE
Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940’s. Visitors have the opportunity of learning about the experiences of local people during the war from the displays in the tunnels and from the state-of -the-art audio-guides and to find mementos of the 1940’s in our shop. Family Tours and Children’s Tours available on certain days and times – call ahead for details.
Cost: Admission only prices (tour prices are different): £4.75 – Adults; £3.50 – Concessions (Ages 60+ and Students); Free – Accompanied children under 16; £3.50 – under 16s without a paying adult. There is no charge for companions and carers of visitors with a registered disability.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday: 1pm – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: 11am – 5pm; Monday: CLOSED; Bank holidays: 11am – 5pm
Tel: 0161 474 1940
Bramhall Park, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3NX
Bramall Hall is one of England’s most striking black and white timber-framed buildings. Set in 70 acres of parkland, this magnificent house has witnessed 7 centuries of colourful history from Medieval beginnings to the present day. The hall has recently re-opened following £2 million restoration project and has undergone dramatic improvements to the historic rooms, architecture and fabric of the building.
Only rooms on the ground floor are accessible for wheelchairs. Rooms on the first floor can only be reached by staircase.
Cost: Adults £4.75, Concessions £3.50, KIDS GO FREE
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu & Sun: 1pm – 5pm, Fri & Sat: 1pm – 4pm, Mondays: CLOSED, Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm
Tel: 0161 474 2020
Brookside Garden Centre, London Road North, Poynton, SK12 1BY
Brookside has 8 locomotives, four of these are steam engines (Jean, Jane, Jeremy, Amy Louise and Billy May) all are Exmoor Builds. Three are diesel (Mighty Max, Miss Katie and Sir Richard ). All of the Diesels are American outlined.
The famous railway circuit now extends to almost 3/4 mile in length. A major engineering project involving a high level bridge and 65 foot tunnel under the main vehicle entrance road has enabled the line to run counter clockwise right around the perimeter of Brookside.
Cost: Rides are £1.80. There’s also a 10 ride ticket – for the price of £12, you get 10 rides – saving £6
Opening Times: The railway runs every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year 11am – 4pm. The also everyday through school holidays, but recommend contacting them first to confirm that they are running as some schools have different holidays.
Vale Road, Romiley, Stockport SK6 3LD
This peaceful setting is perfect for a stroll, picnic or simply to admire the chapel and its surroundings. Enjoy a walk through the surrounding picturesque woodland and along the Peak Forest Canal before stopping for refreshments inside the beautiful chapel. The new information trail around the estate will give you further insight into the chapel and the estate.
Opening Times: The estate is open seven days a week all year round, check ahead for Chapel opening times.
Tel: Stockport Tourist Information Centre on 0161 474 4444
Unit 4, Circle South, Wharfside Way, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1NF
Opened in 2000, Daytona Manchester is a unique indoor racing centre. The result of a £2Million investment, the venue offers year-round racing on the challenging tarmac GP circuit together with the very best in hospitality and conferencing. Over 25,000 drivers race at Daytona Manchester each year – with the circuits welcoming drivers aged 5 and over. Call ahead to book.
Tel: Call ahead to book on 033 033 27870
Marple Garden Centre, Dooley Lane, Marple, SK6 7HE
A small volunteer-based organisation running our 7.25″ gauge miniature railway in the grounds of Marple Garden Centre. The railway includes steep gradients, sharp curves, a tunnel and a bridge. Kids and adults enjoy riding on the miniature trains time and time again. There’s an outdoor picnic and play area which is open on every operating day between March and September subject to weather and ground conditions.
Cost: Tickets are £1 per person, under 2’s travel free.
Opening Times: Weather permitting, the railway operates trains every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year, as well as school holidays.
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
18th century house and gardens with historic features such as the Orangery, Pump House, Victorian Bark House and the remains of an Elizabethan Mount. There’s a deer park and a fully restored 400 year old working sawmill powered by a water wheel. The historic stable buildings reveal the comings and goings of the family and their workers, the importance of horses and later the motor car. The shop sells gifts, locally sourced produce and plants. Enjoy freshly made hot meals in the Stables Restaurant or a snack in the visitor centre café and treat yourself at the ice cream parlour.
Cost: Varies depending on the attractions you wish to visit.
Opening Times: Varies depending on the day and time of year, so check ahead.
Tel: 0161 941 1025
84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW
Former home of the famous author Elizabeth Gaskell and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio. This beautifully restored home has spectacular period rooms, villa garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. They host a year-round programme of special events and activities and the much loved book shop sells a range of new and second hand books.
Cost: Adults: £4.95 / Concessions (Senior citizens and students): £3.95 / Children under 16: Free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Opening Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11.00am – 4.30pm. Last admission 4pm.
Tel: 0161 273 2215
Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU
The museum offers two floors of interactive exhibits taking you on a journey through the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry. It is home to a recreated hat factory with some 20 fully restored working Victorian-style machines and a fantastic collection of over 400 hats from around the world. In addition to the wonderful permanent collection galleries and the exciting temporary exhibition space, the museum has a great Family Fun Zone, where younger visitors are entertained by a range of interactive and educational play provisions. One hour guided tours are available – call ahead.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm / Sunday: 11am – 5pm / Monday CLOSED, except for bank holidays 11am – 5pm. Check ahead for Christmas opening hours.
Tel: 0161 474 2399
Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL
Explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the workings of the giant Lovell Telescope.
Cost: Peak and off peak rates at different times of the year – check ahead.
Opening Times: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is open from 10am to 5pm each day, last admission is 4pm.
Tel: 01477 571 766
intu Trafford Centre, Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS
A world of colour, creativity and fun for children aged 3-10. There’s a wealth of attractions, two rides, 4D cinema and more. There’s also a café and shop. A typical visit takes 2-3 hours. Book tickets in advance to guarantee entry and reserve a time slot – guests arriving without tickets will have to wait for the next available time slot which will be subject to availability.
Cost: Open 10am – 6.30pm daily. Last admission 5pm. The shop is open until 7pm.
Tel: 0844 844 8181
Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP
Cost: Entry to the museum is FREE but charges apply for certain activities.
Opening Times: Open 10am to 5pm every day except 24 to 26 December and 1 January. The café is open from 8am every Monday to Friday.
Tel: 0161 832 2244
Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA
One of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived.
Tel: 01625 527 468
Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS
Cost: On the day prices are Adults and Children over 3 £16.95pp. Children under 3 go free. Savings can be made by booking in advance and a variety of packages are available.
Opening Times: 10am – 6:30pm (excluding Christmas Day). Last admission is 5:30pm every day. (Shop is open until 7pm). Occasionally closes early for private events – check ahead.
Tel: 0871 221 2483 for tickets. Calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your providers access charge.
Holmes Chapel Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9ER
Bring the kids for ice cream and to see the baby cows. The posh ice cream is made on the farm using the farm’s own cows milk. There’s at least 16 different flavours for you to try plus fat free, dairy free and gluten free options. As well as the finest quality ice cream, Seven Sisters serves coffee, freshly made waffles, home-made quiche & home-made soup with chunky bread and Cheshire cheese for lunch ! Dog-friendly, no picnic policy.
Cost: Entry is FREE, the farm just asks you buy something whilst you are there.
Opening Times: Wednesday to Sunday 10-30am – 5pm
Tel: 01565 723 813
30/31 Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES
Staircase House is a beautifully restored 15th century townhouse situated in Stockport’s historic Market Place. The house is famous for its rare Jacobean cage-newel staircase. A state-of-the-art audio guide recounts the full history of the house and is available in English, French, German, Cantonese and Urdu. The museum allows visitors to delve into the past of Stockport’s oldest town house and discover how our ancestors lived from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
It is home to one of only three surviving Jacobean cage-newel staircases in the country. There’s also the opportunity to learn how the house was brought back to life after a devastating fire.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 1pm – 5pm / Saturday 10am – 5pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm / Monday CLOSED, except for bank holidays 11am – 5pm. Last admission 1 hour 15 minutes before closing. Check ahead for Christmas opening hours.
Tel: Stockport Tourist Information Centre on 0161 474 4444
Stockport Museum, 30/31 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1ES
Time-travel from Palaeolithic to present day Stockport to experience the town’s entire history under one roof. Explore the fantastic finds from Mellor Iron Age hilltop settlement, life in medieval times, the thriving textile industry of the Victorian era as well as the impact of World War I.
The doors are now open to the brand new family gallery which has been designed to help imaginations run wild, it is a space where anything is possible. In partnership with illustrator Becca Hall, the museum has been reimagined for younger visitors. A new character, Museum Mouse, has been created to take people on a gallery adventure to discover favourite objects from the Museum’s collection. Visitors of all ages will be able to learn about everything from Ancient Egypt, animals and nature to toys and shopping.
In addition to the new gallery, the rather complicated layout of Stockport Museum has been addressed with improved signage and the creation of a brand new orientation space, which introduces visitors to the museum and the story of the town. In the galleries, colour has been used to inject life into displays. Stories that were missing from the original displays are now included, for example Strawberry Studios and Sport in Stockport.
Opening Times: Mon: Closed; Tues – Sat: 10am to 5pm; Sun: 11am to 5pm; Bank holidays: 11am to 5pm
Tel: 0161 218 1460
Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9NE
The Ice Cream Parlour houses over 50 delicious and award-winning flavours of ice-cream and sorbets. Attractions include:
Cost: Admission, use of some play equipment and visiting the animals is FREE but there are entry fees for most of the other attractions. Operates a no picnic policy.
Opening Times: The Ice Cream Farm is open 9.30am to 5:30pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Tel: 0800 133 7000
Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ
A great day out for all ages. Raised Viewing Mounds give a clear 180-degree view over the airfield. There are approximately 600 aircraft movements each day so there’s always something to see. There’s a children’s play area, an aviation Shop selling a range of aviation-related products suitable for children through to the serious enthusiast, and the Concorde Restaurant and Coffee House. A variety of tours are available, bookable in advance.
Cost: Admission is FREE but parking charges apply.
Tel: 08715 22 11 00 (Calls are charged at 10 pence per minute from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and other networks may vary.)