Stoke on Trent is one of Staffordshire’s most charming cities. It’s home to England’s pottery industry. People even famously refer to the area as ‘The Potteries’. But there’s more to Stoke on Trent than meets the eye. It’s a place full of many. Hire a car from Stoke on Trent and tick off these five things to do.
Visit the Trentham Monkey Forest
The Monkey Forest at the Trentham Estate is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. Walk along a path to see them swinging in the trees and interacting with each other. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with more than 140 Barbary macaques from Algeria and Morocco.
Admire Trentham Gardens
While your at Trentham make sure you also put aside the time to visit the glorious Trentham Gardens. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gardens, you’ll find an intriguing landscape. Admire the Trentham Lake as you take a quiet stroll along the lakeside walk. There’s also exciting activities for kids at the children’s adventure playground, like sand pits, a zip wire and a maze.
Have fun at Alton Towers Resort
Nemesis and Galactica are some of the thrilling rollercoasters that you can hitch a ride on at this world-famous theme park. Alton Towers also has plenty of other rides that are suitable for people who aren’t chasing such an adrenaline rush. There’s plenty of options for kids too, like Nina’s Science Lab and the In the Night Garden’s magical boat ride.
Discover the Gladstone Pottery Museum
Here you’ll find one museum that shares the complete history of The Potteries. Stoke-on-Trent has become famous around the world for its pottery. Therefore, a visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum should be high on your priority list. Visit the workshops, watch daily demonstrations and let a guide describe the industry’s significance to the city. You can even buy some souvenirs at the end.
Step back in time at Ford Green Hall
It was home to the Ford Family for nearly two centuries. Today, you can still walk through the furnished rooms which feature old textiles and ceramics. The historic farmhouse museum takes visitors back to the 17th century and gives an interesting insight to life during this time. The award-winning museum is open Monday to Thursday from 1-4pm.