Stoke-on-Trent City guide,
including Stoke-on-Trent Hotels by Maria Williams
has been an industrial centre and has been a favourite tourist spot for
generations. Its five cities, collectively known as "The Potteries" have
provided the world with the best names in English ceramics, such as Wedgewood,
Spode, Portemerion and Moorcraft. Stoke-on-Trent is also a favourite place
for holiday makers with its classic walks, gardens and theme parks, which
provide activities for the whole family.
Places of Interest:
Most visitors to Stoke-on-Trent
visit museums and take factory tours, which are available at almost any
time, except when there is a factory break. Visiting Gardens and nostalgic
cottages and going on long nature walks are also favourite holiday pastimes.
Things to Do:
Factory Tours: Most of
the factories, such as Wedgewood, sponsor factory tours on a regular basis
and have small museums dedicated to the company, as well as pleasant tea
shops to relax and enjoy refreshments.
The Potteries Museum and
Art Gallery: This museum gives an overview of the history of ceramics
around the world and in Britain. It houses the most extensive display of
Staffordshire ceramics in the world.
Moorlands Peak District:
This nature park is an excellent place to unwind, take a hike, cycle, and
go on a pony ride. There are also spots that are perfect for hang gliding
and rock climbing.
Trentham Gardens: These
famous gardens are currently going through a 100 million pound renovation
to recapture its former design originally conceived by Capability Brown.
The Charles Barry Italian gardens are also currently being restored to
their former state. The Monkey forest, with 140 Barbary Macaques
inhabiting 60 acres of English forest, is definitely worth a visit.
Ford Green Hall: Go back
in time and visit a timber framed cottage from 1642. This small museum
will give the visitor an idea of what life was like in the Potteries before
the advent of the Industrial Revolution.
Choose from a variety of
activities on your holiday to Stoke-on-Trent. The Potteries provide great
opportunities for shopping, relaxing at amusement parks, and going for
a night out at the theatre.
Alton Towers: One of
Britain's most popular theme parks, Alton Towers provides the visitor with
many exciting activities such as rides, walks, musical performances and
Festival Park: Enjoy
the multi screen cinema, the bowling alleys and the gaming rooms at Festival
Park. It is not far away from Waterworld, which provides hours of aquatic
Potteries Shopping Centres:
As one would expect, you can find great places to shop for English ceramics
at Stoke-on-Trent at Potteries Shopping Centres. The best known brands
are available as well as products from independent retailers. Each of the
five towns in Stoke-on-Trent has its own Potteries Shopping Centre, so
it is worth combining travel and comparison shopping by visiting each one.
Pottery Festival: The
annual pottery festival celebrates Stoke-on-Trent's best loved product
through displays, pottery demonstrations and fun for children as they learn
how to work a kiln and to make their own pottery.
Regent Theatre: This
classic theatre with a striking Art Deco design originally opened as a
silent movie theatre at 1929. Since then, it has been restored to its former
state, and was re-opened by the Queen in 1999. The Regent theatre hosts
many performances a year, including operas, dance performances, concerts
Food & Drink
Hotels and Accommodation
Coffee Shop and Edward's
China: This coffee shop has a charming and warm environment, and is
noted for its traditional, English home-cooked food served by friendly
wait staff. This coffee shop is extraordinarily family-oriented, and provides
changing areas and even bottle warming services. The coffee shop and Edward's
China was awarded with a food excellence award in 2002, and was voted Best
Scones in 2001.
The Elms: If you want
to enjoy high-quality, classic Indian food in an elegant setting, the Elms
is a good choice. The menu serves traditional Indian favourites, such as
Madras and Korma dishes as well as Tandoori and even Vindaloo for the brave.
Ye Old Crown Pub: This
pub gives has the warm, friendly feel of an Old-fashioned English pub,
and the staff is noted for being amiable and quite welcoming. There is
an outstanding collection of quality ales and other drinks to choose from,
as well as bar snacks available.
The Ruddle Inn - This
17th century inn is located in the Staffordshire countryside and is an
excellent place to enjoy home-cooked English favourites in the inn's splendid
oak rooms. There is also a bar and a pool room for after-dinner enjoyment.
Whether you are looking for
a five-star hotel or a traditional B &B in the countryside, Stoke-on-Trent
has a great selection of places to stay for any tourist. The hotels are
situated close to the Potteries' shopping areas and not far from Stoke-on-Trent's
major attractions. You can also find an inexpensive Bed and Breakfast that
is well-located and contains all of the basic amenities including a private
bathroom, cable TV, coffee and tea service and a Continental Breakfast.
by Holiday Inn Stoke-on-Trent
Western Manor House Hotel
Crown Hotel The
On Trent Moat House
The Swallow George Hotel
If you prefer to spend time
in the English countryside, there are some beautiful, old-fashioned Staffordshire
inns with friendly staff and comfortable beds and rooms. These country
inns are pleasant places to relax and watch a game on television, enjoy
a meal, take a stroll and get to know fellow tourists.
If you like to laugh, go
to the Zero Room, which hosts the best of professional an amateur comedy.
The Stoke-on-Trent playhouse presents five productions a year featuring
amateur talent and touring companies. The famous Regent Theatre is a picturesque
theatre which features operas, dance performances, concerts and plays.
Stoke-on-Trent has something
for every tourist, from amusement park rides, to ceramic shopping and sightseeing.
Whether you want to spend the day exploring factories by tour or you are
looking for the finest dining available, Stoke-on-Trent is the prefect
place to fulfil your desires. At Stoke-on-Trent, you can witness the best
of Britain's past, present and future.
About the Author: Name: Maria
Williams Website: http://www.sleepuk.com Biography: Maria writes
for Sleep UK - providers
of cheap uk hotels.