Stoke-upon-Trent Travel Guide

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Stoke-upon-Trent Highlights

  • Pro
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     A slice of English working class life 

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     Beware the traffic! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Visit the 1950's Come to Stoke 

Stoke-upon-Trent Things to Do

  • The Gladstone Pottery

    Gladstone Pottery, situated in Longton - The ‘Neck End’ of The Potteries - started life in the second half of the 18th century producing ‘Creamware’.It was just one of many potteries that sprung up around here and nothing special where its manufacturing was concerned. It’s special today though because it’s the last remaining complete pottery...

  • Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

    The Potteries Museum is one of four city museums and brings together fine and decorative arts, costume, local history, archaeology and natural history collections. On my visit there was a Celebration of Football, I also enjoyed a Hot Chocolate drink and a cake in the Café which is located adjacent to the Forum Theatre on the lower level.There are...

  • Tourist Information Centre

    The Stoke Tourist Information Centre is located in the recently refurbished Victoria (Concert) Hall.The office offers a variety of services to help you plan your visit to Stoke-on-Trent, including Rail ticket tickets, National Express tickets, and Alton Towers & Drayton Manor tickets at a reduced rate, Local Theatre tickets and a large selection of...

  • North Stafford Sports Club

    A coach load of us came here before the Stoke game March 2012. There ended up being 6 coaches and 3 minibuses worth of City fans here!We were made to feel very welcome and the club had made a good effort to accomdate us all by having two places that served beer and a kitchen that served burgers and chips for £2 each.We were lucky to have such a...

  • Monkey Forest

    Our visit here was well enjoyed. My partner and I found a leaflet about it and decided it would make a nice place to visit on our way home (from Nottingham to Wigan). The monkeys roam free in a large part of the forest and you simply walk through and go along the path. Most the monkeys just sit and eat their food and arent bothered by the people....

  • Wedgwood Visitor Centre

    You have to visit this place if your in town! Like Adam does quite a few jobs for Wedgwood so I'll accompany him occasionally. Yes, I get to go the restricted areas. However, visitors are allowed a guided tour and you even get hands on experience in making your own pottery. I heard American are huge Wedgwood fans, but they aren't exactly cheaper...

  • Alton Towers... it's mad!!!

    Stoke-on-Trent is very much associated with Britain's largest theme park. There are daily buses from Hanley and it takes about an hour. Alton towers has recently introduced many other new rides but the bad new is that they are scrapping of some other as well. And I've heard, but I can confirm this, that they will be scrapping off "OBLIVION" as the...

  • Stapeley Water Gardens

    Some of Britain's most outstanding garden attractions are located right here in the Potteries. The Stapeley Water Gardens is the world's largest water gardens boasting 64 acres of a garden paradise. This is a great place for a family day out. Watch out for the huge Kois in the pool, they literally bite!!!

  • Ford Green Hall

    Ford Green Hall is a 1624 timber framed seventeenth-century house complete with period garden.It was home to the Ford family for almost two centuries. The hall is designated a museum with an outstanding collection. The rooms are richly furnished with original and reproduction textiles, ceramics and furniture according to contemporary inventories....


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Stoke-upon-Trent Restaurants

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    Corky's is an experience not to be missed. Mr Bob, the owner, married a Thai lady and the two of them now serve fantastic thai food in the most typically backstreet, local pub. The contrast of the venue and food is brilliant. To be eating delicious thai food whilst the old man sips a pint of bitter and talks in a strong Stokey accent that can be bearly understood messes with my head even now. For true comedy, go on a Sunday night when the quiz is on! But trust me, the locals won't like it if you win!

    Favorite Dish: Kashmir curry. It's a creamy curry, best with chicken, with fried diced potatoes on top. The thai fish cakes are amazing too.

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Stoke-upon-Trent Nightlife

  • Hanley at night

    When night falls, Stoke becomes a ghost town or looks somewhat like one rather. During the weekends, parts of Hanley is crowded with yobs and tarts trying to get into the clubs to get drunk. Enjoy your night out!

  • Indie dancing

    The sugarmill is a lifesaver if you like indie/alternative/rock music. Unfortunately a lot of clubs in Stoke are dedicated to the evil god of dodgy pop/chart music. However if you enjoy listening and dancing to music with a little more depth, the sugarmill is a great place to do so. The crowd are young, friendly, a mix of students and locals....

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Stoke-upon-Trent Transportation

  • By Rail to Stoke on Trent

    Trains for Stoke on Trent are run by Virgin Trains on the line between Euston and Manchester Trains leave Euston at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour during the working day (10 and 53 minutes past the hour on Saturdays & 05 and 28 minutes past the hour on Sundays). The journey takes just over an hour and a half on weekdays. I travelled on a Friday...

  • A500

    Be warned the city round peak times is a nightmare. Ongoing works on the A500 or 'D' road as the locals call (our main link road) will add plenty of time and frustration especially if you are trying to get in to the city centre or beyond.For example I live approximately 40 minutes from Manchester city centre. To get to Hanley (city centre) a...

  • Old fashioned ways

    Though we are a city, we are yet to catch up with the likes of Manchester with their trams, and have to rely on the good old bus. The bus system has recently been updated and covers all towns within Stoke-on-Trent and also local attractions. It's fairly cheap, but the buses don't run much past midnight.


Stoke-upon-Trent Shopping

  • Shopping Centre

    The Potteries Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in Staffordshire and South Cheshire boasting many big name shops and a multi storey car pak for easy access.Monday to Wednesday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pmThursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pmFriday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pmSaturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pmSunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pmemail ...

  • Spode Chinaware

    This place is nice as it creates a sense of history in your visit. I like to go to places with some historical information. They have a little museum that's a little run-down but it's still useful. The factory shop for its product are not as cheap as imagined but it's better than London of course. The place seems like a warehouse with plenty to...

  • Wedgewood Chinaware

    Among all the big names in Chinaware in Stoke On Trent, I'd say that I prefer Wedgwood cos it's a little more livelier than the others. As a man, I like a place where it offers a nice little cafe for me to sit and have a sandwich and coffee while the ladies shop. The prices are not too much of a difference but it is cheaper than the retail prices...


Stoke-upon-Trent Local Customs

  • Oatcakes

    Oatcakes was born in North Staffordshire and are Britain's longest surviving food industry. It is made of oatmeal, flour, water, salt and yeast. There are many shops selling oatcakes in Staffordshire but one of the most popular one is here. Personally, I hate it. But what's love got to do with it ey...?

  • Duck?

    While the rest of the world is using other animals like puppy, cock, tiger or pig to show affection or hatred to someone, here in Staffordshire, we use ''duck''. Firstly the word “duck” (a term of greeting, for man or woman) has nothing at all to do with the winged bird of the same name! I have absolutely no idea how it came about, nor do my mates....

  • Food

    The local food is the humble oatcake.It's basically a thin savoury pancake. Best bought from an oatcake shop rather than the shoe leather ones in supermarkets.The usual filling is bacon and cheese and the oatcake rolled. In fact anything from a traditional cooked english breakfast works well. Yum


Stoke-upon-Trent Warnings and Dangers

  • stoke city hooligans

    Went to see my team Newcastle play at Stoke a few years back and scenes were unreal, literally thousands of them going on the rampage attacking anything that moved, never ever have I witnessed such scenes at a football game, needless to say I won't be going back as Stoke City have some of the most violent fans in the country who need to be dealt...

  • Espresso machine in the hand of a...

    If you want to see fireworks in your kithchen, just let your friend use a Italian Moka. And you will enjoy a wonderfull modern wall-painting.

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Stoke-upon-Trent Off The Beaten Path

  • Mow Cop Castle

    The highest point in Stoke-on-Trent offers magnificence views over the moorlands. On a clear day, you may even see the city of Manchester from the peak. The familiar sight here is of course Mow Cop Castle but all's left is a tower of ruins guarding over the hilly terrains. It was built over 250 years ago as a watch tower. Gorgeous building but...

  • Molly Leigh

    It was said that the last witch in Britain, Molly Leigh was buried here in St John's Churchyard, Burslem. She was born in the year 1685 and lived most fo her life in her dark cottage. She was said to be in need of an extreme makeover(yes, she's very ugly) and has been labelled a witch by the locals who found her lifestyle weird. After her burial,...

  • Knypersley Valley

    The English countryside is certainly stunning in every aspect despite the horrible weather. Knypersley Valley is a picturesque 40 acre reservoir located in Greenway Bank Country Park. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk around it quickly although of course I'm sure taking a long stroll would be just perfect for the setting. My baby Letti...


Stoke-upon-Trent Sports & Outdoors

  • Britannia Stadium

    The Britannia Stadium is the home of Stoke City Football Club and has been so since the summer of 1997. The stadium has a current all-seater capacity of 27,743.The stadium cost nearly £15 million to build and moved Stoke into the modern era following 119 years at the Victoria Ground.A noisy atmosphere is always guaranteed at this compact stadium,...

  • Stoke City FC - Britannia Stadium

    Manchester City played Stoke City away on Saturday 24th March 2012 (Drew 1-1). I travelled to the Britannia Stadium to watch this match.We stopped off for a couple of hours at a sports club before doing the rest of the journey to Stoke's stadium. The club was 10 minutes away from the ground (see review).The stadium itself looks very impressive from...

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