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Pocket Guide: Staffordshire

The county of Staffordshire is located in the west of England and is famous for its rolling countryside, historic ceramics industry and local attractions (such as Alton Towers, the United Kingdom's largest theme park). Although the county doesn't contain any of its own international airports, it is well served by the Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester Airports, and is well connected to the UK's road and rail networks. Staffordshire enjoys a thriving tourist industry and offers top quality hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.

Where is Staffordshire?

Staffordshire is in the West Midlands of the UK, and its central location makes it an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding regions. The largest towns and cities within the county are Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Burton-on-Trent, while Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool are also within easy reach.

Hotels in Staffordshire

Whether you're visiting on business and need a city hotel with fast, reliable broadband, or on holiday and looking for rural, family-friendly accommodation, Staffordshire has it all. Spend your time in the lap of luxury with a stay at one the top spa hotels, or enjoy the ruggedness of one of the county's many hostels. For those looking for something in between, Staffordshire is packed full of village guesthouses, country cottages and budget hotels.

Dining Out in Staffordshire

In many ways Staffordshire is a traditional English rural county, however, the West Midlands has historically also been one of the most culturally diverse areas of the UK, and this is more than apparent in the huge variety of cuisine available in the area.

From traditional pub food like the local 'Lobby' (a hearty meat stew), to European, Asian, Eastern and African restaurants, and hotels with their own gourmet dining experience, Staffordshire and its surrounding counties offer something for all tastes. The area is also packed full of independent breweries for real ale fans.

Local Attractions

Staffordshire is the theme park capital of the UK with several in easy reach, including Alton Towers and Drayton Manor. There are also many museums dedicated to the area's industrial background, such as the Hanley Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and the Wedgwood Museum

Lichfield Cathedral and Blithfield Hall are two of the best architectural features in the county and are well worth a visit. If you enjoy outdoor activities and stunning landscapes, the world famous Peak District National Park is only a short car or train journey away.

Towns such as Lichfield, Stafford and Stoke offer a good range of smaller, artisanal shops as well as an excellent selection of family-run hotels and B&Bs. But if you're looking for the biggest and best shopping experiences in the area, you may want to travel a little further to either Birmingham or Manchester.

Lastly, for those in search of some genuine culture, Staffordshire borders the county of Warwickshire, the home of Britain's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

Centrally located and packed full of welcoming and affordable accommodation, Staffordshire is the perfect base from which to discover the real UK.

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