Staffordshire - The Potteries

In the north midlands of England, is a County of contrasts, known for the production of pottery, brewing, and two of Britain's favourite theme parks - Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park.






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The Rivers Blyth, Churnet and Trent run through the County, also a Canal network encompassing the Birmingham and Fazely, Caldon, Coventry, Shropshire Union, Trent and Mersey Canals.

The town of Leek is in the north east of the County, in the upland area known as Staffordshire Moorlands, a great area for rock climbing, sailing and walking.

In the village of Biddulph is Biddulph Grange Garden, a restored Victorian garden, with inspired ideas from countries around the world.

Since the 17th century the area around Stoke on Trent has been manufacturing pottery.

Six towns, Burslem, Fenton, Hanley (now the city centre), Longton, Stoke and Tunstall, are collectively known as 'The Potteries', and make up the city of Stoke on Trent.

Copeland, Minton, Spode and Wedgwood are incomparable examples of fine porcelain and pottery manufactured here.

Today most of the bottle shaped brick ovens have been taken down, made redundant by the use of electricity and gas, the few remaining can be seen at museums devoted to the potteries such as Etruria Industrial Museum.

Nearby in the village of Alton is Britain's best known theme park, Alton Towers. Other places of interest are Ford Green Hall, well worth visiting, and at nearby Blyth Bridge you can enjoy a five mile round trip on Foxfield Steam Railway.



Interesting places in Staffordshire

Brook House

Brook House, Offley Brook, Eccleshall, Staffs ST21 6HA
Tel: +44 (0)1785 280 569  Email:

The Four hundred-year-old home is full of character with old oak from the original timber frame evident throughout the house.

Brook House has been modernized to provide every comfort. In your room, you will find a high-quality bed and mattress and quality cotton sheets to provide a real sense of luxury. In Swan Room, the bed may be arranged either as a super king-size or two singles according to your needs.

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Drayton Manor Hotel

Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW
Tel: 01827 285551

We offer a range of room types to suit all your requirements, including spacious executive rooms, interconnecting family rooms, majestic Presidential rooms, and our popular Thomas & Friends themed rooms.

All rooms include luxurious large beds, LCD flat screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, hairdryers and en-suite

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Bridge House Hotel

Stone Cross, Penkridge, Staffordshire ST19 5AS
Tel: 01785 714426 Email:

Welcome to the Bridge House Hotel in Penkridge! We’re a family run restaurant and hotel with a passion for fresh food and a warm welcome.

We have 10 rooms available. All are en-suite and have tea and coffee making facilities. Our room prices all include a full English breakfast. Our restaurant is open to residents from 8am and to non-residents from

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Cedar Tree Hotel

Main Road, Rugeley, WS15 1DY
Tel: 01889 584241 Email:

The Cedar Tree Hotel is named after the 400 year old tree in its grounds.

The hotel is situated just 5 miles away from the attractive city of Lichfield with its magnificent cathedral and is just a short drive away from Cannock Chase, a renowned local beauty spot with a museum and is ideal for picnics and a variety of activities including Go Ape, walking and

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