SmartTRAVEL: Stockport, Manchester

From Scotland, we go back to England for Team India’s test tour, and bring you beauteous sights beyond cricketing fights

SmartTRAVEL: Stockport, Manchester
What to SEE

Stockport

It is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on elevated ground 11 km south-east of Manchester city centre, at the point where the rivers Goyt and Tame merge to create the river Mersey. Stockport is the largest settlement in the metropolitan borough of the same name. As of the 2001 census, the town had a population of 136,082 and the wider borough 284,528.

The Plaza

This legend of a theatre became a bingo hall in 1998, much to the dismay of heritage lovers who had to wait almost a decade to get it back to its original glory. Today, this lovingly restored 1930s cinema shows films and hosts theatre productions. The Christmas pantomime is one of the best in the region. Don’t miss the authentic 1930s tearoom on the first floor.

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 architecture. The 27 arch viaduct took 21 months to build and cost £70,000; It opened in 1842 with services running to Crewe, allowing passengers from Stockport to reach London.

Where to EAT

History Cafe

It looks like a living room of a 1950s decadent musician. But it’s an excellent cafe — reasonable prices, friendly staff, clean and great atmosphere. When you are there, try and sit upstairs for a better view. And ask for a piece of that carrot cake. If you are visiting either science museum or Manchester art gallery, a detour to the cafe is worth your time.

Where to SHOP

Eternal Envy

If you are the kind who looks beyond factory-line dresses, this is the place to go. The boutique stocks handpicked independent designer labels such as Evil Twin, Mink Pink and Hunt No More, as well as bespoke, handmade and locally sourced accessories.

THE PICK: Hat works museum

This award winning museum takes 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.

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