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Stoke-on-Trent has a rich industrial heritage and was made famous in the novels of Arnold Bennett. It claims the title of the World Capital of Ceramics, and can boast many award-winning museums giving an insight into the fascinating history of what are termed “The Potteries”. Stoke-on-Trent was formed officially in 1910, with the federation of the towns of Hanley, Burslem, Longton and Stoke. The city is located less than an hour from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, and has good rail links with London, making it an excellent centre from which to explore the Midlands and the North-West. Recent developments are the Festival Park entertainment complex and the Potteries Shopping Centre. Alton Towers, with some of the UK’s most exciting theme park rides, is easily accessible from Stoke, and the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District National Park are a short drive from the city.
Things to Do in Stoke
The city is a feast for anyone who is interested in Britain’s industrial heritage and pottery and ceramics. There are numerous pottery shops and museums, some of the most popular being the Wedgwood Factory and Museum, where you can take a guided tour of the factory and even create your own masterpiece on the potter’s wheel. The Spode Works Visitor Centre based in the historic former pottery factory offers an exhibition covering the life of the workers, the history of the factory, and a selection of the ceramic designs from the Spode Museum Trust. The only complete Victorian pottery factory can be seen at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, and kids will love the “flushed with pride” exhibition, featuring ornate ceramic toilets.
Top 3 Must See: Stoke on Trent
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Staffordshire Hoard, Potteries Museum
The Staffordshire Hoard collection in the Potteries Museum in Hanley is not to be missed – bringing together 200 exquisite pieces of Saxon jewellery and metalwork from the 7th century, discovered in a local field. The story of the Hoard’s discovery is almost as exciting as the artefacts themselves! For a thrilling family day out Alton Towers is unrivalled, offering heart-stopping rides for the adults and older children, and hours of fun for the little kids. Trentham Gardens offer a very different experience – the splendour of the Italian Garden, wild flower meadow, fountains and labyrinths, and a peaceful woodland walk around the lake.
Drive Around Stoke on Trent
The nearest airports to Stoke are Manchester and East Midlands, both over an hour’s drive away, and the visitor might prefer to take advantage of the fast west coast train line from London and arrange car hire in Stoke on their arrival. Whatever your plan, you can identify the most convenient pick-up point and best deal right here at GoCarHire.co.uk. Being close to the M6 motorway Stoke is convenient for the cities of Manchester and Liverpool, and to the east of the city the A52 leads to the Peak District National Park with its attractive stone villages and beautiful landscape. Alton Towers is reached via the A50 and the Cheadle Road, and is well-signposted from some distance away. The main route running through the Stoke is the A500, and all major roads lead off from this central spine road, making driving through the city relatively easy.
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