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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

North Stafford Hotel Town Centre
North Stafford Hotel Town Centre
3 out of 5
The price is €35 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

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 (711 reviews)

"The room was clean and tidy it was quite too . There was clean fresh towels & bedding also all we needed to make tea coffee . The staff were very helpful , polite, they made us feel welcome ."…"

Reviewed on 23 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 €44 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

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 ...

3.5/5Good! (805 reviews)

"It was a lovely room and hotel, lots to do nearby. Facilities in the hotel were great also"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 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 €37 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

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! (978 reviews)

"Last minute booking at the hotel for mouther and daughter shopping trip. Friendly and helpful staff, social distancing measures in place, alcohol gel around the hotel. Grab and go breakfast was very organised, good choice from hot butties to cereals yoghurt and fruit. Rooms spacious and bed comfortable, ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

Holiday Inn Express Stoke On Trent
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Stoke-on-Trent

Birchenfields Family Friendly Cottages, Play Barn for all Ages and Summer Hous
Birchenfields Family Friendly Cottages, Play Barn for all Ages and Summer Hous
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Stoke-on-Trent, this cottage is 2 mi (3.2 km) from St Giles Catholic Church and within 6 miles (10 km) of Consall Nature Park and Kingsley Bird & ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Best value we could find in stoke on Trent.

"Exceptional cottage will all amenities. Clean,comfortable. Recreation facility is something we really enjoyed specially with a 2 year old. The location is very scenic surrounded by farms as well as short drive from the city center. Derek and Vivian were very helpful and made our stay very pleasant. ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Birchenfields Family Friendly Cottages, Play Barn for all Ages and Summer Hous
Trafalgar House
Trafalgar House
3.5 out of 5
The price is €94 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

Located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Regent Theatre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Britannia Stadium and Keele ...

4.2/5Excellent! (13 reviews)

"Good facilities, safe environment. Good location, next to pretty park with a lake and close to city centre."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Trafalgar House
The Old Barn
The Old Barn
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Stoke-on-Trent, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dimmingsdale Valley & Furnace Forest Walks and Alton Towers. St Giles Catholic Church and Kingsley ...

The Old Barn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Stoke-on-Trent

Trentham Gardens
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Trentham Gardens

4.5/5(45 reviews)

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.

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)

€25
Per adult
MANCHESTER: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour
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MANCHESTER: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

€52
Per adult
MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip
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MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

€52
Per adult
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