Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. What can I say? Home of the oatcake and the pottery industry. A place I call home. I had lived in Stoke all my life up until moving to Sheffield to study at Hallam University. Stoke is full of many attractions raging from the Trentham Estate to the historical World of Wedgewood centre. It is not one of the most densely populated cities in England having only a population of around 350,000 people, however it is still a very cultural place to live in. Stoke is based right in-between Manchester and Birmingham and is around a one-hour drive from either city with also being a forty-five-minute drive from the amazing Alton Towers theme park resort. Stoke is also home to one of the oldest football clubs in the country, Stoke City FC (1866). Football fans are divided into two groups in this city. You have your Port Vale fans on one side and Stoke fans on the other. These two teams are famous for their rivalry, so it’s best to not pop into the Jolly Potters for a swift pint if you are a Valiant fan!
There are a lot of places and things to do in Stoke-on-Trent with attractions that are fitted to almost anybody’s desires. However, in terms of places to visit in this lovely city, I have come up with a short list of my top three favourite attractions you must check out!
Firstly, in my opinion I would have to put the Trentham Estate at the top of my list as it’s suitable for anyone of any age as it consists of shops which meet the desires of almost any person whether that’s if you wanted to pop into the Blue Diamond centre to shop for garden or home furniture, to possibly stop off at David’s Brasserie for a refreshing beverage and some delicious food, or to nip into the well-known overwhelming Sweet Emporium shop.
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Oh, and if you hadn’t of guessed already the 300-acre Italianate gardens! For those who didn’t already know, the gardens date back to 1758 as they were initially designed by Capability Brown as a serpentine park. Trentham is a very historic and well renowned place in Stoke-on-Trent having many customers annually, and if all that Trentham has to offer doesn’t tickle your fancy, they also hold monthly music events hosting brilliant tribute bands.
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The Trentham estate is truly a sight to behold and if you are yet to visit this wonderful place then you should add the Trentham Estate to your bucket list!
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The Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire – ST4 8JG
Second on my list would have to be the intu Potteries shopping centre which is residence to plenty of high street brands and restaurants such as Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Pandora, Swarovski, JD, Topman, Bon Pan Asia, Chiquitos, Nando’s and many many more. If you are looking for a bit of retail therapy, then there is no other place in Stoke to visit other than the intu Potteries shopping centre to suffice your shopping needs. Not only does the shopping centre have such wonderful facilities, it also has it’s very own Cineworld cinema right outside the shopping centre. The restaurants are situated in an area of the shopping centre known as the Hive, in which this location is always vibrant and enriched with a happy warm atmosphere.
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Furthermore, there are plenty of other fun places to visit not too far away from the shopping centre. This includes the popular water park resort, Waterworld which is perfect if you are after a packed day of fun to spend with family and friends. Across the road from the water park is the thrilling Stoke ski centre which is also a perfect day trip out for those who are courageous enough to ride the 160-meter (about half the height of the Empire State Building) slope! Both attractions are close to yet again a cinema and plenty more eateries including Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Hut and Costa Coffee.
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intu Potteries, Quadrant Road, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1PS
Yet another fantastic place to visit in Stoke would have to be the Gladstone Pottery Museum. As I mentioned before Stoke-on-Trent is home to the pottery industry and Gladstone Pottery Museum offers a very fascinating insight into the rich history of creating premium bone china in which Stoke first started producing dating all the way back to the 18th century. This Victorian factory is perfect for a fun family day out, as there are opportunities to take part in clay workshops to create your very own pottery!
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Uttoxeter Rd, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ
And if you were wondering what an oatcake was, as many people do outside of Stoke-on-Trent, then nip down to Castle Oatcakes which is situated in a neighbouring town off the city, located in a place known as Newcastle-under-Lyme. This shop in my opinion serves the best oatcakes there is to offer! And if you are daring enough to take on the challenge of polishing off the Eddie Hall oatcake special, then my hat comes off to you my friend.
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