Stockport is officially located in Cheshire – but it actually lies on the edge of Greater Manchester – just 14 miles from the city. Home to a variety of wealthy, upmarket suburbs including Cheadle Hulme and Bramhall, Stockport was once an industrial hub but is now a desirable town with great links to London and the south of England as well as other northern towns and cities.
Recent regeneration projects have focused on its historic marketplace, which sits beneath its 18th century St Mary’s church. Here steep narrow steps and cobbled walkways snake down towards the town centre, flanked by old-fashioned style shops and tall, higgledy-piggledy buildings. The redevelopment has given rise to an influx of quirky independent shops selling antiques, local produce, gifts and clothes. Attractions include Stockport Air Raid Shelter, Staircase House, Hatters Museum, Bramhall Hall, Stockport County and Robinsons Brewery, which runs regular tours complete with tasters. The Merseyway and Peel Shopping Centres are packed with popular high street brands.
Stockport is incredibly close to a variety of natural beauty spots and stunning countryside, including the Peak District, Lyme Park, Etherow Country Park, Quarry Bank Mill at Styal, Marple Locks and Hare Hill. In just 20 minutes you can escape the hustle and bustle of the town and head out into the hills for a breath of fresh air.
Trains run straight through Stockport and over its iconic viaduct from Manchester Piccadilly. Direct routes are available to London, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Birmingham. It’s also on the M60 motorway, which then links to the M62 up north and the M56 towards the south.