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Stoke-on-Trent, or The Potteries, is famed for its ceramics. Wedgwood, Spode and Royal Doulton can all be found in the city, keeping alive the area’s 300-year-old industry. With historic trails and factory museums, there is also plenty of opportunity to try your hand at the potter’s wheel.
Situated in the middle of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool and a short drive from the Welsh border, Stoke-on-Trent is the perfect destination for a driving holiday.
Manchester Airport and East Midlands Airport are both about an hour’s drive away, and the city has great links to the M6 motorway and the A50.
Sixt, Europcar or Thrifty are among the numerous brands that can supply a hire car in Stoke-on-Trent. Manchester and East Midlands Airports also have a variety of rental car desks to choose from.
So once you have your rental car in Stoke-on-Trent, join the M6 and head up to Manchester. This youthful city is 40 miles away, and it has been enjoying a rebirth in recent years. With some stunning period buildings and a rich cultural history, it is the capital of the north. Football has put this city on the international map, and with Manchester City and Manchester United, there is often a big match on.
Stoke-on-Trent’s proximity to Wales means a trip over the border is also on the cards. Try Hawarden, a 50-mile, hour-long drive along the A51. It is a village near the river Dee and Hawarden Castle, which sits atop a grassy mound, was the home of former prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone. There are often country festivals at nearby farms, so do some research before you visit.
Back on English soil, try visiting Derby. A simple 45-minute drive on the A50 and you reach this relatively small city in the East Midlands. Try Calke Abbey, which has been dubbed the ‘unstately home’ by the National Trust. The slightly ramshackle house has been preserved in a state of disrepair to illustrate the demands and speedy decline of ancient properties.
The roads and motorways in the area can be busy, but all are well signposted and easy to follow. There is the option of paying for the M6 toll road, which is generally quieter than the main motorway. All UK standard driving laws apply - don’t drink and drive, check the speed limits and wear a seatbelt. Children will require a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
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