If you want to get from Cardiff to Stockport, catching a train allows you to travel with the minimum environmental impact, whilst saving money and reducing stress.

In case you're planning on exploring the region by bike, you'll be happy to know that we have bike space on the majority of our trains, although we recommend you make any reservations in advance

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Stockport lies in the beautiful country of Cheshire, just south of Manchester. Once world famous for its hat production, it’s now a vibrant, buzzing destination, offering a wealth of attractions that suits every taste.

Rich in history, Stockport has nearly 390 listed buildings, including the iconic and awe-inspiring viaduct. Completed in 1840 to carry the railway across the valley of the River Mersey, this impressive structure has 22 spans and is one of the world’s biggest brick constructions. Hop on one of the town’s many trams, and head for Reddish Vale Country Park to see the viaduct close up. Recently granted Local Nature Reserve status, the park’s features include new butterfly houses, geocaching trails, a children’s farm, and regular exhibitions from local artists.

Stockport offers numerous retail opportunities with the Merseyway Shopping Centre and The Peel Hall centre housing the big name high street shops and both world famous and more exclusive designer stores. If you’re after something even more exclusive,Cheadle Makers Market is a treasure trove of crafts and handmade goodies, while the Market Place has stalls selling everything from jewellery to homemade fudge.

Taking you on a journey through time from the 1400s to World War II, Staircase House offers a captivating, immersive adventure, giving you opportunities to experience things first hand, such as writing with a quill pen, making rushlights, and much, much more.

By now you’re probably feeling a little peckish. Where the Light Gets In provides a unique bistro eating experience to delight even the harshest restaurant critic. With no menu, the chefs create a taste sensation from the harvest, catch and slaughter of that particular day. Highly popular, they can cater to most dietary requirements, and are well worth a visit. The onsite store means you can take home their delicious produce, too.

Stockport is famous for its maze of underground air raid shelters, nicknamed the Chestergate Hotel. Carved into the soft sandstone surrounding the town, these tunnels stretch for over a mile and give visitors the opportunity to learn how life was in war torn Britain. During the Blitz they offered shelter for over 6,500 residents whose way of life had been turned upside down. Now restored, they paint a realistic picture of the 1940s.

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