Stoke-on-Trent is an interesting city, with a rich history and lots of places to visit including museums, historical buildings and leisure parks. The city is known as the Potteries because of its long history of the ceramic industry, and you’ll see plenty of museums and centres where you can see displays of Staffordshire pottery and learn about the industry. For entertainment, you can see musicals, drama, comedy, music concerts, ballet and opera at the Regent Theatre, music concerts and comedy at Victoria Hall, and film at the Odeon Cinema. If you want a meal out, there are plenty of restaurants in the city with a range of cuisines to suit different tastes, and there’s a lively nightlife with lots of bars and clubs.
For shopping in Stoke-on-Trent, there’s plenty of choice, and includes intu Potteries Shopping Centre which has a large selection of stores for all shopping needs. For business, there are a number of conference centres such as, Staffordshire University and the Bridge Centre, and the nearest airport for international air travel is Manchester Airport, which is 31 miles away.
Stoke-on-Trent Car Hire
Wherever you are in Stoke-on-Trent, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Stoke-on-Trent car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Some of the places you could visit while in Stoke-on-Trent might include the following:
Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
At this museum you can learn about the history of Stoke-on-Trent and its pottery industry, and see a large collection of beautiful ceramics from staffordshire, paintings, costumes and textiles, along with a Spitfire from the Second World War and natural and archaeological artefacts from the area.
The Trentham Estate
Here there are lots of things to do and include Trentham Gardens where you can enjoy the beautiful colours of the many varieties of flowers, and the features include an Italian garden, a lake, woodland walk, fairy trail, maze, adventure playground for kids and small train giving rides. There’s also a Monkey Forest at the Estate, as well as a Shopping Village that has a variety of shops and restaurants and you’ll also find a large garden centre.
Gladstone Pottery Museum
This working museum is a fascinating place to visit, where you can see an Victorian coal-fired pottery with bottle kilns, and learn how pottery is made and decorated there. You can watch demonstrations, make and decorate your own piece, and there are events and festivals held at the museum.
Ford Green Hall
This farmhouse built in the 1600’s with later additions, is a Grade II listed timber-framed building. At this museum you can see 17th century furnishings and pottery, and features including attractive mouldings, staircase, charming garden and dovecote, and they hold a variety of events at the museum.
Emma Bridgewater Factory
You can come and have a tour around this working Victorian factory and see how ceramics are made and decorated there. You can have a go at painting some pottery for yourself, and also they have a cafe and shop at the factory.
This tropical water centre provides fun for all the family and has features such as a wave pool, flumes, waterfalls, rapids, lots of slides and an assault course and also has discos at the centre.
Central Forest Park
Here you’ll find peace and tranquility in this lovely green area of the city, and relax and have a picnic in the attractive surroundings. There are pathways and also cycle routes through the park, along with a lake and lots of wildlife to enjoy. Apart from the quieter areas, there is also Stoke Skate Plaza with lots of features to enjoy including steps, ramps and rails, and you’ll is also an adventure play area at the park.
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