A world-renowned centre for pottery and ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent offers numerous famous art galleries and pottery mills and factories. The town also harbours lush gardens, museums and a free-range monkey forest.
Things to do in Stoke-on-Trent
Art and culture in Stoke-on-Trent are intricately woven into the world of pottery. Visit Etruria Industrial Museum and Heritage Centre, the last remaining steam-driven potter’s mill in existence. Afterwards, head to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery to find locally-crafted ceramics, fine arts and a Spitfire fighter plane from World War II.
Most major pottery factories host their own museums and gift shops, where you can pick up rare pieces. Visit the elegant World of Wedgewood, then tour the Gladstone Pottery Museum to see a complete Victorian pottery factory with coal-burning ovens. You can also view the “Flushed with Pride” toilet exhibit and the 1890s Doctor’s House.
Marvel at the beautifully manicured Italian gardens at Trentham Estate, then observe wildlife at Trentham Monkey Forest. You can roam amongst at least 140 Barbary macaques living, climbing and swinging within 24 hectares of forestland.
In the evening, catch opera, ballet, drama and musicals at the Regent Theatre, an Art Deco masterpiece constructed in 1929. Marvel at the architectural details, including the white-glazed terracotta and masked depictions of comedy and tragedy. Cap off the night with cocktails and a late dinner at Orange Tree Bar and Grill.
Getting around Stoke-on-Trent
Buses and taxis are the most convenient modes of transportation in Stoke on Trent, while the city also boasts 150 kilometres of cycling routes. You can rent a car in town or at Manchester Airport, about 42 kilometres away.