Famous for pottery and with a rich industrial history, the Staffordshire city of Stoke-on-Trent is a popular place to live with lots to do. Conveniently situated between the hubs of Manchester and Birmingham, the city benefits from great transport links, an excellent range of schools and plenty of amenities, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a new home in the Midlands. Affectionately known as ‘The Potteries’, it’s no surprise that there’s also an array of visitor attractions to be found in Stoke-on-Trent, including award-winning museums, authentic factory tours and over 25 pottery factory shops.
An abundance of amenities nearby
For day-to-day living you’ll find everything you need in Stoke-on-Trent including supermarkets, the outdoor market and a range of eateries. For a range of high street stores, the nearest shopping centre can be found in the established old town centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme, a few minutes west of Stoke-on-Trent. There are several more shopping centres located just to the north of the city, including Octagon Retail Park, Festival Retail Park, Wolstanton Retail Park and popular Trentham Shopping Village.
Enjoy family days out
Only a short drive south from Stoke-on-Trent is Trentham Gardens, which provides fantastic family day out. The beautiful estate boasts a stunning circular lake walk, woodlands, a fairy trail and adventure playground, where the little ones can tackle an assault course, explore the ‘hide and speak’ maze, or take a leap on the zip wire. Also at the Trentham Estate is the brilliant Monkey Forest, where you can walk amongst 160 monkeys.
For a wide range of leisure facilities head to Etruria, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent that features various shopping outlets, an ODEON cinema, bowling, a lakeside Toby Carvery, and Waterworld swimming pool and activity centre – the UK’s number one indoor tropical aqua park.
Schools for all ages
Families will be pleased to know that Stoke-on-Trent offers an excellent range of educational facilities, with a selection of primary and secondary schools throughout the city. For independent schooling, Newcastle-under-Lyme School is to the west and offers education from nursery to sixth form. Stoke-on-Trent College, Staffordshire University and Keele University are within easy reach.
Making this an even more attractive location, Stoke-on-Trent boasts fantastic commuter links. Travelling from Stoke-on-Trent railway station you can reach Manchester, Liverpool or Birmingham in less than an hour, and it’s an hour and a half from London Euston.
The A500 D road gives excellent access to the M6 motorway to the North at J16 or South at J15, while the nearby areas of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Hanley are easily accessible by bus.