Stoke-on-Trent

Affectionately known as ‘The Potteries’, the historic city of Stoke-on-Trent is based in the heart of Staffordshire. With its rich industrial heritage – and its many pottery factories - the city has claimed the title of ‘World Capital of Ceramics’. Easy access to East Midlands Airport and the M6 means Stoke-on-Trent is very accessible, and with its many museums and visitor centres – not to mention close proximity to Alton Towers Theme Park – there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. And despite its industrial roots, Stoke-on-Trent is one of the UK’s greenest cities, boasting almost 1,500 hectares of parkland and open spaces.

With a number of hotels based in and around Stoke-on-Trent, you can choose to be based in the heart of the city or further afield in places like Crewe or Stafford. You can even reach the city from our Buxton hotel, situated in the beautiful Peak District.

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Things to do in Stoke on Trent

When it comes to finding things to do in Stoke-on-Trent, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You could explore the city’s rich industrial heritage with a visit to a pottery factory, or take a leisurely stroll round one of the area’s fabulous stately homes and gardens. Football fans may wish to soak up the atmosphere at one of the city’s two stadiums, while the whole family can enjoy pottering along the beautiful walking routes and canals.

  • Trentham Gardens: Described by Alan Titchmarsh as “one of the UK’s must-see gardens”, Trentham can be enjoyed all year round. Whether you’re looking for a spot of peace and quiet, or a fun-filled adventure, these stunning gardens have it all.
  • Trentham Monkey Forest: If you want to get up close and personal with some adorable animals, look no further than Trentham Monkey Forest, home to 140 free-roaming Barbary macaques. Pay them a visit to get a unique insight into the lives of these incredible – and sadly endangered – animals.
  • Alton Towers: Thrillseekers and families alike will love spending the day at the world-famous Alton Towers Theme Park. With rides to suit everyone, from adrenaline junkies to little ones, you’re sure to enjoy a fun-filled day of adventure.

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Shopping in Stoke on Trent

Stoke-on-Trent offers a fantastic shopping experience. As well as the usual high street favourites, you can make the most of your visit to the home of ceramics by picking up something special from brands such as Wedgwood or Emma Bridgewater - just two of the manufacturers who design and make their products in Stoke-on-Trent.

  • intu Potteries: For some serious retail therapy, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the largest shopping centre in Staffordshire. An array of shops, cafes and restaurants make intu Potteries the perfect day out.
  • City Centre Outdoor Markets: Head to Market Square and Fountain Street to enjoy these outdoor markets, which offer a variety of stalls from fresh fruit and veg to haberdashery.
  • Trentham Shopping Village: With 60 timber lodges housing an incredible array of shops, restaurants and cafes, Trentham Shopping Village offers a truly unique shopping experience.

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Eating and drinking in Stoke on Trent

With an array of cafes, pubs and restaurants, Stoke-on-Trent has something to suit all tastes and budgets. While visiting, be sure to try some Staffordshire oatcakes – served hot with various fillings, they’re a local delicacy.

  • The Orange Tree Bar and Grill: Housed in a Georgian building with an architect-designed glass interior, this stunning restaurant specialises in delicious chargrilled steak.
  • La Bella Napoli: This traditional Italian family-run restaurant offers fine dining for all occasions. Based near the Regent Theatre, stop by and enjoy the theatre menu before taking in a play.  
  • The Birches Head: Based in the heart of the city, this place has everything you could hope for from a traditional pub, including great beer, tasty food and a weekly quiz.

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Culture and nightlife in Stoke on Trent

With its rich history and world-famous potteries, Stoke-on-Trent has plenty to keep culture vultures occupied. And the fun doesn’t have to stop after dark – a great selection of bars, clubs, theatres and cinemas keep the party going late into the night.

  • Regents Theatre: This beautifully-restored Art Deco theatre offers a varied programme of opera, drama, ballet and West End musicals.
  • The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery: Unearth the history of The Potteries, see the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and take a peek at the famous Staffordshire Hoard at this fantastic museum.
  • Victoria Hall: This recently-refurbished venue offers a range of live concerts and events, including classical music, stand-up comedy and even wrestling.

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