The 10 Best Things to Do in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom (UK)

September 24, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Stoke-on-Trent (/stoʊk ɒn trɛnt/ ( listen); often abbreviated to Stoke) is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire. In 2016, the city had a population of 261,302.
Restaurants in Stoke-on-Trent

1. Gladstone Pottery Museum

26 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ, England +44 1782 237777
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5 based on 743 reviews

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world's finest bone China. Traditional skills, original workshops, and the cobbled yard and huge bottle ovens transport visitors back in time. Visit the gift shop and tea room and have a go at throwing a pot, making a bone China flower or decorating pottery. Please allow two to three hours for your visit. The shop and cafe, which serves a selction of drinks and light lunches, are open to non-museum visitors.

Reviewed By Lara W - Luton, United Kingdom

Average place, very dated in some places but well maintained and lots to see, very reminiscent of school trips and there's lots of hands on stuff for kids.Thank you for your review, we do get a lot of school trips visiting the museum - around a third of our visitors, with the other two thirds being casual visitors and coach trips.

2. Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens Stone Road | Trentham Estate, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG, England +44 1782 646646
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Trentham Gardens

The Trentham Estate is home to the award-winning Trentham Gardens featuring The Italian Garden by Tom Stuart-Smith, and the Floral Labyrinth and Rivers of Grass by Piet Oudolf and vast wildflower and woodland meadow plantings by Nigel Dunnett. A fascinating wire fairy sculpture trail, fab childrens adventure playground with the UK's first barefoot walk, a family-friendly maze, mile-long Capability Brown lake with seasonal boat and train trips. Trentham Monkey Forest and Trentham Shopping Village with 50 shops and 14 cafes and restaurants can also be found at The Trentham Estate. You'll find something for everyone here.

Reviewed By Jenny C - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Living near to Trentham Gardens, I visit here on a regular basis. Usually I meet up with friends and spend a few hours eating, drinking and chatting. This year I have decided to get an Annual Pass and visit the Gardens throughout the year. The walk around the lake is lovely - paths are wide with plenty of room for people to pass. There is so much to see at every turn - the lake, the wildlife, the miniature train, the boat trip, the sculptures and other people enjoying their day out. After you have walked around the lake, you can explore the Italian Gardens - I am looking forward to see the changes throughout the year. There are plenty of places to eat or if you prefer, take a picnic. I am looking forward to the next year . Make sure you come and visit - you will not regret it.

3. World of Wedgwood

Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9ER, England +44 1782 282986
Excellent
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4.5 based on 726 reviews

World of Wedgwood

Visit World of Wedgwood to experience the Wedgwood Brand. Our aim is to bring the history and heritage of Wedgwood to our visitors in a genuinely inspiring, sophisticated and elegant way. Featuring a V&A museum collection, factory tour, contemporary tea room, restaurant and the Wedgwood Flagship retail store, the World of Wedgwood is an opportunity to 'learn by doing', to shop, eat and explore... Open daily 10am - 5pm. Factory Tours, Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm last entry 3pm. Check our website for full details. Free museum entry, free factory tours for under 12’s, free parking. Plus, the World of Wedgwood Artisan Market, with over 40 stalls on the second Sunday of the month February – December and special events and demonstrations throughout the year.

Reviewed By jeremy_hartigan - Chester, United Kingdom

Margaret and I once again spent a inspirational afternoon at the world of Wedgwood
Afternoon tea at this place is not only one of the north west’s highlights but one of the best in the worlds
Surrounded by the breathtaking Wedgewood designs a few hours here improves the soul
Highly recommended

4. Wedgwood Museum

Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9ER, England +44 1782 282986
Excellent
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4.5 based on 223 reviews

Wedgwood Museum

Trace over 250 years of ground-breaking design and production and discover Josiah Wedgwood’s lasting influence on industry and society. This award winning museum houses a UNESCO protected V&A collection of huge historic and cultural significance. The Wedgwood Museum is part of the World of Wedgwood, the global brand experience where visitors can discover new perspectives, broaden horizons and deepen their understanding of the world and its heritage and culture.

Reviewed By Eliot G - Audlem, United Kingdom

Customers were very polite and would greet you with a good morning. The cafe was incredibly clean and the desert was sublime. When we visited the museum there were lots of assistant waiting to answer your query. They were marvellously knowledgeable. The atmosphere inside was calm, a bit dark in places but the centre pieces were well lit. As our sagacious enquiry became difficult to answer, it was no impediment to the staff. They would go to the ends of the world to try to quench our thirst for knowledge. Amazing. You would then be greeted by a most quaint and welcoming shop. We bought some mugs, a teapot and some tea. Staff were very courteous all round. There is even a short walk around the pond and again people were very hospitable. We pay homage to his facet of the visit.

5. The Oatcake Boat

Off Brownhills Rd. Westport Lake. Tunstall. Stoke on Trent, Stoke-on-Trent ST6, England +44 7716 858692
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5 based on 127 reviews

The Oatcake Boat

Reviewed By Scallynip - Leicester, United Kingdom

Found this treasure of a meal by chance when out on our boat, the service was amazing and the oatcakes wonderful, great value and service with a smile, would recommend the food well worth a visit

Bethesda Street | City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW, England +44 1782 232323
Excellent
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4.5 based on 466 reviews

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries, including the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. Our Reginald Mitchell WorldWar 2 Spitfire is currently being restored offsite, but see the fantastic full-size sculpture of the Spitfire, built by apprentices from local engineering company KMF and all sorts of other art and craft. Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon snack in our relaxing Café Museum with regular musical accompaniment by Frank Leigh. Browse in The Foyer Shop for unique quality gifts, cards, books and souvenirs of the Potteries.

Reviewed By goodfood750 - Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Have visited the museum on several occasions and always interesting .considering the small size .compared the huge take a day to walk round London ones .but you could easily spend a couple of hours walking round .the highlights of the visit the spitfire .the pottery...MoreThank you for your great comments.

7. Aerial Extreme Staffordshire

The South Entrance | The Trentham Estate, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9HR, England +44 845 652 1736
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Aerial Extreme Staffordshire

Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses, boasting over 30 exciting obstacles. Amaze yourself as you take each of the challenges head on, from rope Bridges, mid air jumps, suspended gravity defying climbing walls, and much more. The outdoors has never been this much fun. No experience or skill is required, just a sense of adventure.

Reviewed By GaryMBR - Cannock, United Kingdom

Booked for a Bank Holiday for my 10 year old boy and my partner. After seeing positive reviews, and being a regular at Go-Ape (Cannock Chase), was expecting a similar experience.
Upon arrival, staff were friendly, but only on-site toilet was a chemical toilet cubicle at back of the hut, not pleasant. Safety briefing was fine, albeit banter between the staff was a bit distracting, although well meant.
Main issue - the practise area is challenging, but the problem is the lack of pulley mechanism on the safety rope. The rope just has a 'sled' that runs over the steel cables, which with friction and inevitable bend in the steel cables, causes it to frequently stick, pulling you back. The system at Go-Ape has a proper wheeled pulley, that does not bind or stick. Subsequently, you were constantly dragged back, and had to use real force to move the sled along. My partner and Son in paricular really struggled, as did other younger participants in our group. My Son has done the higher up Go-Ape course a few times, and never struggled. We actually quit after the practise loop, as my Son was so frustrated at the effort required just to pull the sled along.
As such, money wasted. I would suggest one for older kids only, and would recommend the Go-Ape course at nearby Cannock Chase (junior and full courses, much better facilities with toilets, cafe' etc) as a much more enjoyable and better presented option.
*Note, I do not work at Go-Ape or have any affiliation with the company, but it is a good comparison to use).

8. Biddulph Grange Garden

Grange Road, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7SD, England +44 1782 517999
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4.5 based on 899 reviews

Biddulph Grange Garden

Reviewed By Eliot G - Audlem, United Kingdom

The walk was pleasant and the oriental Gardens were a pleasure. People were very polite and courteous. It was windy but many places were shielded from the wind and rain. The cafe experience was average but the food was of decent quality.

9. Trentham Shopping Village

Stone Road | Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG, England +44 1782 646646
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4.5 based on 688 reviews

Trentham Shopping Village

With 77 timber lodges housing amazing Shops, Cafes and Restaurants and a lovely friendly village atmosphere, you will love our unique shopping experience. Beware! You'll be tempted by our independent retailers and big brand names. The award-winning Trentham Garden Centre, is MASSIVE and offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor lifestyle and gardening products. Parking is FREE, so there's no need to worry that your ticket is expiring, take your time to browse and enjoy something to eat and drink while you're here. Trentham is a real foodies destination with an array of eateries catering for ladies who lunch, family feasts, sumptuous snacks and romantic dinners, with everything from fish and chips to contemporary Mediterranean on offer! Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.

Reviewed By Sue P - Cheshire, United Kingdom

The choice of shops is excellent and there are prices for all budgets. Lots of unique items are available. There is a large home and garden centre too. Lots of little eateries on site also. Staff in the shops are very pleasant. We went on...MoreThank for your 4 star review. The shops are a wonderful place to visit if you’re looking for a unique shopping experience. The warm, friendly atmosphere ensures you have a relaxing visit. We hope you’ll be back soon to enjoy the shopping village, thank you.

10. Churnet Valley Railway

Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
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4.5 based on 420 reviews

Churnet Valley Railway

The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 11 mile return journey. Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access and is home to the award winning traditional Tea Room plus the Railways Souvenir Shop, both of which are open on running days. Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Nearby are the Lime Kilns and the Black Lion Public House. At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum. Trains run most Sundays from February to October, and full weekends from Easter as well as Wednesdays from June to September. Additional services run on all Bank Holiday Mondays and school holidays.

Reviewed By Sally W - United Kingdom

This year was our third trip on the Santa Train and my 6 year old daughter loves it.
We went as a family of six (Five adults and and 1 child) and we booked as first class compartment.
The station is decorated for Christmas, there are carols playing and the volunteers are dressed in Victorian outfits.
This is the first year we couldn’t get on the first train of the day but the compartment was spotlessly clean when we went in.
The adults were given a mince pie and sherry and the children flavoured water and a chocolate bar.
The journey takes about an hour, and during this time Santa visits each child, has a chat and gives them an age appropriate present. This year it was a large cuddly pig which was ideal for my daughter.
A man a,so comes round making balloon figures. My daughter always asks for a reindeer which this year came complete with red nose - she loved it.
A great festive start to Christmas.

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