Best known for its industrial pottery production, Stoke-on-Trent is the neighbouring town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, making the area a fantastic destination for those looking to explore some of the northern area of England. Nicknamed The Potteries, the city may be renowned for its pottery production but there is much more to explore and experience throughout the city. There is a vein of nature running through the city in the form of the popular canals, balancing the urban with the rural.
Given the excellent quality of roads, a hatchback should be a very comfortable car to commute around the city in, providing space whilst also making city driving and parking reasonably easy.
Driving in Stoke On Trent
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Important things to note
The roads of Stoke-on-Trent are of an excellent quality and as such are a pleasure to drive around. They are also wide and well signposted, making them easy to navigate.
The city is well connected to two other major cities; Manchester and Birmingham. By travelling via the A500 close to the M6, they are easily reached within 45 minutes by car.
Parking costs vary across the city, making it advisable to take advantage of the free map provided by the post offices of the area; they should highlight the location of various car parks and thus allow you to find the best price.
Highlights & Hotspots
There are a surprising amount of opportunities for sport open to the public throughout the city. An indoor snow slope can be found at Festival Park, while there is a fantastic skateboard park based at Forest Park.
Trentham Gardens are some of the best in the northern area. There are regular, seasonal activities to enjoy throughout the year, including a petting zoo, an adventure playground, and even Jet Ski hire for the massive lake in the park.
While Stoke-on-Trent itself is home to many fascinating experiences, it is also ideally located for exploring the surrounding area. Alton Towers, arguably the UK’s most famous theme park, is based very closely to the city, and is truly a can’t-miss destination.
The Peak District National Park is based close by and is another essential that simply must be explored. The area is nothing short of stunning and is the ideal place for keen walkers and mountaineers to visit.
Stoke-on-Trent is best served by Manchester Airport which is based only 38 miles away from the city centre. The airport is served both nationally and internationally, and is one of the busiest in the north of England.
For those commuting to the city nationally, the local airport of Woodford is only 32 miles away from the city centre and can provide a quieter, easier experience than that at the busy Manchester Airport.