Travel to Stoke-on-Trent
Not only is Stoke-on-Trent close to Alton Towers, but it’s home to the UK’s number 1 indoor tropical aqua park. If that’s not enough to make you want to book a trip there, perhaps a fascinating industrial heritage and a thriving shopping scene will be enough to tempt you?
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Skiing, water and monkeys
In that order. If your energy levels are always high, you’ve come to the right place. Stoke has its own ski centre, as well as a climbing centre. Water World promises a fantastic day out too. Over 400,000 visitors per year head there to zoom down the selection of hair-raising waterslides. It’s also home to the first indoor water-rollercoaster in the UK.
If animals are your thing, don’t miss the Monkey Forest
, where monkeys roam freely through 60 acres of woodland. You can stroll around and watch them in an environment not too far removed from their natural habitat.
Explore a friendly city
As well as great attractions, Stoke is full of friendly locals. People in the street will greet you as ‘duck’ (don’t worry, it’s a term of endearment) as you wander past cosy pubs and enticing shops. Trentham Shopping Village is a particularly nice spot to head to for some unique buys. There are 60 timber lodges housing shops, restaurants and cafés, so you can easily while away hours in this welcoming part of the city.
Stoke is often referred to as the Potteries, as since the 17th century it has been known for its manufacturing of pottery on an industrial scale. Today, it’s officially known as the World Capital of Ceramics, and you can visit plenty of sites to learn more. Stop by the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre, a Grade II listed bottle oven which houses a museum, or visit the Emma Bridgewater factory to decorate your very own piece of pottery.