Welcome to Stoke on Trent, the World Capital of Ceramics
Stoke-on-Trent is a unique City affectionately known asThe Potteries. With its rich industrial heritage and history, Stoke-on-Trent has respectfully claimed the title of World Capital of Ceramics.
The City boasts many visitor centres, award winning museums, authentic factory tours, over 25 pottery factory shops and the exclusive Staffordshire Hoard. Come and visit the Trentham Estate with Italian Gardens, Shopping Village, Monkey Forest, and mile long lake.
"Divine nature gave the fields, human art built the cities”
We are also the closest city to Alton Towers Theme Park. A day will not be enough! The City is located less than an hour from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool and only one and a half hours direct from London Euston by train. Contact Stoke-on-Trent Tourist Information to make sure you don't miss a thing when you make it Stoke-on-Trent for your holiday!
Stoke-on-Trent the City of Culture.
Wedgwood Visitor Centre
Wedgwood Visitor Centre
The World of Wedgwood, a unique, Interactive Visitor Centre experience celebrating the very best of British craftsmanship. Experience Wedgwood for the day through shopping, food, visitor tours and art and craft workshops.
The story of The Potteries, all wrapped up in one unique museum. Stoke-on-Trent is world famous for its pottery and no visit to the city would be complete without experiencing this unique museum. Discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and giant bottle kilns of the former Gladstone China Works, now preserved as the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country. If you are planning a visit to Stoke-on-Trent what better place to start than the Gladstone Pottery Museum? Located in a Victorian pottery factory, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Stoke-on-Trent, famous the world over for the quality of its pottery. Gladstone was not a famous pottery, however it was typical of hundreds of similar factories in the area making everyday ceramic items for the mass market. Experience for yourself what conditions were like for the men, women and children who worked at the centre of the world’s pottery industry. Watch daily demonstrations of pottery skill and try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating a piece a pottery to create a unique souvenir of your visit for a small extra charge. The Gladstone Shop sells a variety of unusual gifts you won’t find on the high street, including local history books and DVDs and pottery made and decorated at the museum. The Gladstone Café serves hot and cold food, drinks and cakes which you can enjoy with a view of Gladstone’s famous cobbled courtyard. The museum has a large free car park on Chadwick Street for visitors and a token can be obtained from Reception to exit the car park. There are also spaces outside the museum entrance for Blue Badge Holders. Please allow two to three hours for your visit.
Emma Bridgewater is a British ceramics manufacturer founded in 1985, owned and run by Emma Rice née Bridgewater and Matthew Rice. Noted for their polka dot design among others, Emma Bridgewater specialises in pottery with motifs drawing on techniques stretching back over 200 years. The company is one of the largest pottery manufacturers based entirely in the UK, with all of its products made in its factory in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, England, where it is one of the largest employers. In 2016, she was made President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Trentham Estate, located near the village of Trentham, is a visitor attraction in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, United Kingdom, the site is located on the southern fringe of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, within the Borough of Stafford.
The Spode Museum is based in Stoke-on-Trent, England, where Josiah Spode, one of the great names of the Industrial Revolution, established his pottery business in 1774. His great achievements include the formulation of Bone China, which became the standard for all English chinawares, and the development and perfection of underglaze transfer printing on earthenwares, which enabled mass-production of attractively decorated ceramic items on a scale never previously achieved. By the early 1820s, his factory, now managed by his son Josiah Spode II and his business partner William Copeland, had become the largest in Stoke, employing some 2,000 workers and boasting 22 bottle ovens.
Spode’s factory was in continuous production from 1774 to 2008, when it finally closed (although the brand was subsequently purchased by Portmeirion, who continue to make Spode branded wares at their own factory in Stoke). The Spode factory occupied some ninety buildings on a nine-acre site and such was the amount of space available that over the years many thousands of items that might otherwise have been thrown out were simply put into store. Consequently, over the two centuries when the factory was operational, a massive quantity of papers and objects was accumulated.
In 1987 the Spode company, recognising the importance and uniqueness of its archive and collection, established the Spode Museum Trust, an independent charitable body, to take over the entire collection. This step was taken to protect the collection in perpetuity irrespective of whatever economic misfortunes the Spode company might suffer in the future.
The Spode Museum collection includes a ceramics collection representing 200 years of Spode manufacture, ranging from spectacular pieces made for Royalty, the Great Exhibitions and the very rich to simple domestic wares. This collection is recognised as the largest and most wide-ranging single collection of Spode wares in the world. It also includes a "paper" archive of some ¼ million documents and early photographs, of which the most important are the 70,000 hand-painted watercolour images of every pattern produced since around 1800. In addition, some 25,000 engraved copper plates, used as the basis for printed wares, dating back from the 1790s and recognised to be the largest collection of its type in the world. There is also a collection of antique potters’ tools and machinery, some dating back before 1800.
Since 2008, most of the collection has been in storage, but with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, in 2012 the Spode Museum Trust opened the Spode Works Visitor Centre in part of the historic Spode factory.
INTU The Hive
INTU The Hive
The Hive is an outdoor leisure complex connected to the centre via the multi-storey carpark. It consists of a number of restaurants including Bon Pan Asian, Coast to Coast, Nando's, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Frankie and Benny's, Chiquito and a Pizza Express. The facility also includes a nine screen Cineworld multiplex theatre.