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Stoke-on-TrentUnited Kingdom

The silhouettes of bottle-shaped kilns at sunset create a brooding, dramatic cityscape in this pottery hub near Britain’s largest amusement park.

At the core of Britain’s Industrial Revolution lies the renowned ceramics hub of Stoke-on-Trent. The factories and museums of the Potteries district trace the development of the city, which is today a modern setting with parks and shopping centers. Discover the heart and passion of the local culture with a trip to watch the town’s soccer team at bet365 Stadium, previously known as Britannia Stadium.

The 19th-century Stoke Minster is the crowning jewel of the city center. Look up at the bell tower and enter the church to notice the ceramic tributes to the city’s potters. Visit restaurants and bars and try the local delicacy of Staffordshire oatcake, which resembles a cheesy pancake with a choice of meat.

Since Stoke-on-Trent formed as a fusion of six separate towns, it has several town centers. Travel south to Trentham for the Trentham Monkey Forest and the Trentham Gardens. The vestiges of Trentham Hall overlook the gardens, where a lake, playground and Italian Gardens have plenty of appeal for a fun family excursion.

Head east to Longton for the Longton Exchange and the Longton Park. This district’s highlight is the iconic Gladstone Pottery Museum, whose smoky bricks testify to more than a century of coal-fired pottery production. Observe staff presentations and workshops to learn about the process. Other pottery behemoths in Stoke-on-Trent include the Hanley Potteries Museum and the World of Wedgwood.

Continue east with your family to Alton Towers, Britain’s largest amusement park. Based around the crumbling vestiges of a stately home, the 500-acre (202-hectare) site is split into many lands. Brace yourself for Oblivion’s vertical drop and the corkscrews of Nemesis. Stay at one of the hotels and watch your kids have fun in the water park.

This Staffordshire city stands between Nottingham and Wales in the West Midlands of England. Arrive at the nearby airports of Manchester or Birmingham or take a train from London to arrive here in 90 minutes.

Verdant parks and pottery factories mark the cityscape of Stoke-on-Trent.

Top hotels in Stoke-on-Trent

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
North Stafford Hotel Town Centre
North Stafford Hotel Town Centre
3 out of 5
The price is £37 per night

Situated in Stoke-on-Trent, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Staffordshire University, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and Regent Theatre. Potteries ...

3.2/5 (706 reviews)

"The hotel had taken all necessary precautions to keep us safe there was a seal on our room door two plastic bags with towels milk tea coffee sugar etc"…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

North Stafford Hotel Town Centre
Best Western Stoke on Trent City Centre Hotel
Best Western Stoke on Trent City Centre Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £47 per night

Located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Regent Theatre and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Potteries Shopping Centre ...

3.6/5Good! (796 reviews)
BW S-O-T

"nice hotel. near to venue visiting. Nothing to complain about"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Best Western Stoke on Trent City Centre Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Stoke On Trent
Holiday Inn Express Stoke On Trent
3 out of 5
The price is £36 per night

Situated in Stoke-on-Trent, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Britannia Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Staffordshire University and Gladstone Pottery ...

4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)
Good short break

"Stayed 2 nights to see Trentham Gardens nearby(which was well worth the visit). The hotel was clean the room was well maintained and the staff all friendly and accommodating. Would just have preferred a little more choice for breakfast but quality was good."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Express Stoke On Trent

Popular places to visit in Stoke-on-Trent

Alton Towers
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Alton Towers

Enjoy the exciting rides at Alton Towers and see why this is a popular theme park in Farley. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Trentham Gardens
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Trentham Gardens

Ride a lakeside miniature train, cross the water on the Miss Elizabeth and use the talking pipes to get through the maze on this vast and picturesque estate.

Trentham Monkey Forest
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Trentham Monkey Forest

Why not visit the animals who live at Trentham Monkey Forest during your trip to Stoke-on-Trent? Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this family-friendly area.

Biddulph Grange Garden
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Biddulph Grange Garden

Take the family on an outing to Biddulph Grange Garden during your trip to Stoke-on-Trent. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
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The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

A huge stash of Anglo-Saxon gold and a Spitfire aircraft are among the treasures that help this museum tell the story of the Potteries region.

Gladstone Pottery Museum
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Gladstone Pottery Museum

Darkened turrets and bottle ovens of this working plant and museum present insights into countless factories that formed part of Staffordshire’s culture and landscape.

Top things to do in Stoke-on-Trent

Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)
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Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)

£23
Per adult
MANCHESTER: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour
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MANCHESTER: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

£47
Per adult
MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip
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MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

£47
Per adult

Reviews of Stoke-on-Trent

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
65
5 - Excellent 27.896995708154506%
4 - Good
88
4 - Good 37.76824034334764%
3 - Okay
61
3 - Okay 26.180257510729614%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 6.008583690987124%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 2.1459227467811157%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

I live locally anyway but my girlfriend has never been here before, she enjoyed it and liked seeing how different it is to her own hometown.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Worked all weekend in the Potteries shopping centre. Unfortunately the town centre around the shopping centre looks a little run down, as I'm sure many town with large shopping malls do.

5/5 - Excellent

Tony

24 Jan 2020

On the whole very friendly people & lots to do in & around the area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Some lovely places to visit within 20 mile radius. Good theatres and restaurants. Leisure and walking good. History interesting. Some areas look derelect but you can see that is due to loss of the pottery industry.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

My home town and the hotel is a great location for visiting football club and of course the Potteries and its nearby attractions.

3/5 - Okay

Gnasher

22 Dec 2019

Regeneration ongoing