In the heart of the Potteries
This old mining and pottery town is one of six that merged to form what we know today as the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley Park was once the site of mining spoil heaps, but today it’s home to a lake, fountains and floodlit sports zone. On the site of the old Bell Pottery stands the Potteries Museum, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of ceramics. You’ll also see a Spitfire plane in tribute to its designer Reginald Mitchell who was born in Stoke.
Wet ‘n’ wild adventures
Just outside the town, indoor aqua park Water World boasts a wave pool, flumes, bubble pools and spa. Thrill-seekers can hurtle through darkness at exhilarating speeds in the Black Hole, or endure the ups and downs of The Nucleus. Nearby Stoke Ski Centre also offers a rush of adrenaline. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for all levels of ability, and all ages can go tubing.
Unique shopping experiences
At the Potteries Shopping Centre, you’ll find the likes of Primark, Body Shop and Miss Selfridge. From here you can also access Hanley Market Hall, which dates back to the 17th century. For retail therapy with a difference, head to Trentham Shopping Village, where 60 inviting timber lodges contain shops and restaurants. There’s a monkey forest and award-winning gardens next door too. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Hanley? Travelodge Newcastle-under-Lyme Central is less than 3 miles from the town. Travelodge Stoke-on-Trent Trentham is perfect for the Trentham estate.