Vale Park in Stoke-on-Trent is the home of Port Vale Football Club. As well as Port Vale's home games the stadium also hosts music events from time to time. If you're staying at hotels in Staffordshire and want to experience some 'real football', a Port Vale home game is well worth a visit.
The city of Stoke-on-Trent is around 45 minutes' drive from Birmingham and Manchester, and lies just off the M6 on the A500. You can also get there on the A34. Regular rail services run to Manchester, Birmingham, London and Stoke and connect Stoke-on-Trent to the United Kingdom's wider rail network. Stoke on Trent has an excellent public transport system particularly in terms of its bus services. Taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced, so it’s easy to get to a match and then back to your Staffordshire hotel, no matter where you’re staying for the duration of your holiday.
Going Potty in Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent is famous for one key industry – pottery. Unsurprisingly, it gave rise to the nickname 'The Potteries' for the local area. However, that nickname was particularly accurate, as the region has been home to the biggest names in ceramics for the last few centuries, including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spoke, who still all have factories in the city.
Festival park is full of things to do for all the family such as Waterworld, a cinema, a ten pin bowling alley and a ski slope and toboggan run. It also has its own on-site hotel. The main shopping area is in the Hanley district in the centre of the city. As well as many high street stores there are also lots of independent ceramic and pottery shops.
Where to Stay
There's a good choice of hotels and guesthouses within Stoke itself and the adjoining Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Options range from two star to four star hotels. Within Festival Park lies the Trent Moat House which was originally part of Josiah Wedgwood's mansion. The George Hotel, Burslem is another standout establishment that has built a fantastic reputation over the years. The most convenient hotel is probably the North Stafford, which is directly opposite the train station in central Stoke-on-Trent.