The city of six towns, Stoke-on-Trent (affectionately nicknamed The Potteries), is home to a wealth of world-class visitor attractions, award-winning museums, exceptional gardens, five Victorian parks and the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever to be found.
The pottery lover’s mecca, over 1.3 million Emma Bridgwater pieces are produced at the designer’s Stoke-on-Trent based factory every year. Here, visitors can take an award-winning tour, visit the heavily discounted shop and have a go at producing their own earthenware masterpiece.
For an outdoor activity, we recommend a trip to Trentham Gardens. Comprising of 725 acres of land set within a glorious stretch of North Staffordshire countryside on the southern fringe of Stoke-on-Trent, the award-winning visitor attraction Trentham Estate is the last remnant of one of England’s greatest garden estates. Mow Cop Castle sits on a hilltop north of Hanley, offering panoramic views of the Staffordshire moorlands. You can drive or even walk or ride a bicycle up to the top and the site offers some lovely walks in the surrounding countryside.
Shopping enthusasits should head to Cultural Quarter. Nestled in the city centre of Hanley Cultural Quarter is a hub of independent retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Potteries Shopping Centre is contains over 90 shops including high-street brands like Debenhams, H&M, Primark and Superdry and is just a short walk from Cultural Quarter.
Stoke-on-Trent has a year-round appeal, meaning you can enjoy the city’s sights regardless of the season.