Recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent is home to a host of award-winning ceramic attractions, museums, and factory shops as well as outstanding family attractions and beautiful gardens. Stoke-on-Trent is 45 minutes by train from Birmingham New Street Station.
Located just 45 minutes by train from Birmingham New Street and conveniently positioned by Junction 15 of the M6, Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city affectionately known as The Potteries. With its rich industrial heritage it has respectfully claimed the title of World Capital of Ceramics. The city boasts many visitor centres, award-winning museums, authentic factory tours, over 20 pottery shops and the exclusive Staffordshire Hoard.
The World of Wedgwood is a brand new visitor experience in Stoke-on-Trent. This latest City landmark is the fruition of a £34 million development programme at Wedgwood’s headquarters in Barlaston. The all-new state-of-the-art visitor experience features an interactive hands-on factory tour, and the chance to spend time in the Wedgwood Museum, buy fine china and ceramics in the flagship store, and dine in the elegant Wedgwood Tearoom or Restaurant.
World-famous backstamps such as Wedgwood, Moorcroft, Spode, Aynsley and Portmeirion, along with world-class designers, are the obvious reasons why almost everyone in the world will have already heard of Stoke-on-Trent. But even if the behind-the-scenes factory visits, and the opportunity to purchase some of the nation’s finest pottery and bone china remain a key reason for wanting to “make it” to The Potteries in the first place, it is still worthwhile delving a little deeper to discover what else there is on offer. The history and heritage of the area, of course, is well preserved at numerous locations across the city including at Middleport Pottery, which opened in July 2014 following a £9 million restoration by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust; and the award-winning Gladstone Pottery Museum, the most complete Victorian pottery factory in the UK, boasting interactive exhibitions and a “Flushed with Pride” tribute to toilets past, present and future! For the complete pottery experience follow the Ceramics Trail and discover, learn, try and buy! www.ceramicstrail.co.uk.
Enjoy a great day out at the Trentham Estate for shopping and eating out, peace and quiet, fun and action! Visit the award-winning Trentham Gardens, which have matured into some of the finest gardens in Britain. Indulge yourself in some retail therapy at the Trentham Shopping Village with shops, cafés, restaurants and the vast Trentham Garden Centre. Walk with 140 Barbary macaques at the Trentham Monkey Forest or take a high rope adventure at Aerial Extreme.
The Trentham Estate has a great events programme throughout the year to suit everyone – from nature lovers, to the green fingered and active kids to music lovers – all set in a truly stunning setting. Elsewhere – in a Cultural Quarter which also boasts The Regent Theatre and The Victoria Hall – The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is famous for housing the finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics in the world.
These days, however, it is also ‘home’ to the Staffordshire Hoard – the largest ever ‘find’ of Anglo-Saxon gold treasure in the UK – valued by the British Museum at £3.285 million. Not only does Stoke-on-Trent have a proud industrial history but also a sporting one and Stoke-on-Trent is a European City of Sport in 2016. Stoke-on-Trent is home to two professional football clubs – Premier League’s Stoke City and League 1’s Port Vale. Come and experience the thrill and excitement of a match day at first hand at the Bet365 Stadium or Vale Park and see some of the biggest names in the world of football.
For further details, log on to www.visitstoke.co.uk and www.ceramicstrail.co.uk.