Tips for Stoke on Trent mini-bus and coach tourism

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City tours in Stoke on Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is one of the greenest cities in the UK. Green parks and nature reserves can always be found nearby. The city has a large number of long-distance footpaths. Different routes can be downloaded from the website from Stoke-on-Trent or Stoke-on-Trent county. You can rent a bus in Stoke on Trent for tours in the city or in Stoke on Trent County.

City centre of Stoke on Trent with shops

Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent City Centre credit: www fotodiscs4u co uk CC BY-SA 2.0

Cycling

Stoke-on-Trent has many cycling paths. You can safely bike around the city without disturbing the traffic. The city has put a lot of money into improving cycling conditions, the last few years.They improved the parking circumstances, the bicycle routes and they developed  more cycle paths. You can find more information on the website of Cycle Stoke. The site is full of useful information and tips.

torch_carnival_parade_stoke

torch_carnival_parade_stoke credit: Futurilla CC BY 2.0

Transport To and from the airport

Travel from the airport without any worrying? Then the above bus are able companies to help you. Stoke-on-Trent itself has no airport, but the nearest airport is Manchester (MAN). This airport is about 60 kilometres away, and is approximately a 45 minutes drive.

A number of companies that can take you to and from the airport are: Keiths travel’ at 45 Whitehouse Road. This company offers Volkswagen minivans for a maximum of 8 people. 'Pauls airport transfer' is located on 329 Weston Road. This company has several available cars and You can reserve or request coach or minibus in the city of Stoke on Trent, where you can choose from multiple specialized companies, and you can request a size or specific type of bus. 'Britannia Travel' offers minivans from Ford, and larger cars from Volkswagen. The size of the luggage is not a problem for this company. 'Britannia Tavel’ is located at 93 Canary Road, Moss Green.

Nightlife

Stoke-on-Trent is a dazzling city In the evening. Stoke-on-Trent has several  nice clubs ‘The Sugar Mill’ is a club at the Brunswick Street. This club is known for its live music, and it especially promotes local bands. Club 'Liquid' has 3 rooms each with its own musical style, 7 bars, and a VIP lounge. It very common that celebrities are spotted in this club. You can find this club opposite "The Sugar Mill". 'Touch' is a club on the Trinity Street. This club allows up to 400 people and can be rented for private use.

stoke-town

stoke-town  credit: Futurilla CC BY-SA 2.0

Tours in Stoke-on-Trent region

Stoke-on-Trent is a big city, but this city is created by putting different villages together. Your tour with private transport in a rented vehicle with driver around Stoke on Trent can start at these villages are: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton. In addition, Stoke-on-Trent is a conurbation with Newcastle-under-Lyme, which falls under the leadership of Staffordshire, while Stoke-on-Trent is politically and financially independent.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show credit: Karen Roe CC BY 2.0
Positively Stoke-on-Trent

Travel by plane

In the Stoke-on-Trent region are no large airports with scheduled flights available. If you want to go to Stoke-on-Trent by plane, it is the easiest way to fly to East Midlands (EMA), Birmingham (BHX) or Manchester (MAN).

Manchester and Birmingham are served by smaller airlines and budget airlines like Ryan Air and Easy Jet. Also major airlines such as KLM and British Airways serve scheduled flights to these destinations. East Midlands is exclusively served by budget airlines and tour operators such as Ryanair and Thomas Cook Airlines.

From Birmingham and East Midlands is an hour long (about 100 KM) travel to Stoke-on-Trent. From Manchester (60 KM) is it about 45 minutes. If you want to get to your final destination in a very comfortable way, you can consider private transportation with driver (taxi, bus, minibus). This is possible from all the airports I mentioned above.

Ryan Air coping with crosswind better at EMA

Ryan Air coping with crosswind better at EMA credit: Paul Lucas CC BY 2.0

Travel by road

Do you prefer a car with driver, minibus or coach during your holiday? Stoke-on-Trent has an excellent road network. The county is served by the M6 and M1. These highways go directly to Manchester in the north, and Birmingham and London in the south. The A50 takes you straight to the heart of the region.

Business Travel and Tourism

Stoke-on-Trent is an excellent destination for seminars and conferences. There are several buildings whereconferences, seminars and events can be held. The Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent conference office is ready to assist you, in finding a suitable location for your event.

You can choose for the Brittianna Stadium, home base of Stoke-on-Trent City. This location has a maximum capacity of 350 people, and is located in the centre of Stoke-on-Trent. The Fenton Manor Sports Complex is located a few minutes from the main tourist attractions of the region. This building can offer up to 2,500 visitors. Keele University Conferences And Events is just 4 miles situated from Newcastle-under-Lyme, and is owned by the Keele University. This building can hold up to 600 people, but it has 2000 bedrooms available.

Italian Gardens, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent City

Italian Gardens, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent City credit: Richard Anderson CC BY-SA 2.0

Golf Travel and Tourism

Stoke-on-Trent has many golf clubs. The Burslem Golf Club is one of the cheaper golf clubs. This club is located at the High La. On the Mobberley Road, you can find golf club Gold Hill Golf Centre. This club has a beautiful panoramic view from different greens. Trentham Park Golf Club in Trentham Park has some well-known members. This club is just got completely renovated.

Tunstall 

The most northern part of the city is surrounded by medieval tile and brick walls. Industrial heritage is still present in Tunstall. In recent years, this village evolved as shopping destination. The construction of the Alexandra Retail Park contributed to these development and many well-known stores have settled in this part of the city.

Tunstall Memorial Gardens

Tunstall Memorial Gardens. credit: Steve Lewin CC BY-SA 2.0
This is a memorial to the fallen of the Great War 1914-1918.

Burslem

Burslem has the last real working industrial district of England. The people live within walking distance of the factories. You can really taste the industrial atmosphere in town. Burslem offers a wide variety of tourist attractions, Burleigh, Moorcroft, Festival Park and the Trent & Mersey Canal are some examples.

The doorway of the Wedgwood Institute (the old Burslem Library)

The doorway of the Wedgwood Institute (the old Burslem Library) credit: Futurilla CC BY 2.0

Hanley 

This part of the city is the centre of the city. It offers the largest shopping centre of the city. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is one of the cultural attractions. Also Annual Stoke Pride site take place in this part of the city. This is a festival that you can compare with the Gay Pride in Amsterdam.

Estatua de Matthews en Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Estatua de Matthews en Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. credit: David Sands CC BY-SA 2.0
Stanley Matthews' statue in Hanley town centre

What to see during your tour in Stoke on Trent with a hired minibus

If you decide to take a bus tour in Stoke-on-Trent, we recommended to visit the following sites:

Trentham Monkey Forest

Animal lovers cannot ignore this park. Meet 140 Barbary monkeys in the monkey forest. It is a special park that] initially focuses on the propagation of the monkeys, by letting them live in a natural environment. No bars or cages in this park, you can just see the monkeys swinging through the trees. Stroking or cuddling is also possible. You can see the monkeys at the Stone Road in Trentham.

Barbary macaque at Trentham Monkey Forest

Barbary macaque at Trentham Monkey Forest credit: NmwatsonPublic Domain
Trentham Monkey Forest, Staffordshire

Ford Green Hall

This 17th century wooden farm is home to the Ford family. They decided to open the farm open for the public, against a small fee. You can take a look at the historic garden, or in one of the cozy rooms. These are decorated with textiles, ceramics and furniture. This will give you insight into the English farmer life in the 17th century. The address is Ford Green Road in Small Thorne.

Emma Bridgewater Ltd

This Victorian pottery factory is located in the heart of the Potteries region. During a visit to this factory a guided tour is one of the possibilities. You can also make your own pottery. There is also the possibility to have lunch in the canteen of the factory. You can also spend an afternoon in the garden of the factory. At the end of the day you can take a look at the factory shop. This factory is located at the Lichfield Street.

Emma Bridgewater Factory

Emma Bridgewater Factory credit: Norio NAKAYAMA CC BY-SA 2.0

The Trentham Gardens 

These gardens are rewarded in 2010 with an award for the best restoration, enhancement, and development price. Besides walking, you can also go for boat trips and train trips. The gardens are open every season of the year. Each season has its own beauties, so a visit is always worthwhile. For groups of 12 people, you can get a special welcome (on reservation). The gardens are also easy accessible for disabled people. You can visit the gardens at the Stone Road, Trentham.

Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens credit: Hannah and Simon CC BY-ND 2.0

Churnet Valley Railway

Take a trip to the past, by going on the steam train. The ride allows you to see the beautiful countryside all its glory. You can also get out at different railway stations, to get a closer look to the landscape. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. The Kingsley and Froghall Station is the boarding point.

The Regent Theatre 

This beautiful theatre offers a high quality and diverse program. Opera, national ballet, drama and Broadway musicals are offered here. The authentic classic look of this place adds a new experience to your visit. You can find this theatre in Piccadilly which is the cultural area of Stoke-on-Trent.

Britannia Stadium

True football fans should not miss a visit to this stadium. Stoke City plays all its home games at this stadium. This club takes part in the highest league of English football, the Premier League. This stadium was opened in 1997 and can accommodate 27,743 spectators. This stadium is on the Stanley Matthews Way, in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. Outside the competition days is a stadium tour is possible. In 45 minutes you get to see the dressing rooms, VIP boxes and substitute bench.

Shopping

'Intu Potteries' the place to be with lots of shops with well-known brands. There is an enormous garage, so the mall can be reached very easy. Each month there are various events and competitions.

Good food

In Stoke-on-Trent you can enjoy good food. If you want to eat a local dish you should walk into an Oatcake restaurant. An oatcake looks like a stuffed pancake. In this region you can find a shop that sells this specialty on every street of the street.

Such lovely food

Such lovely food. credit: Connie Ma CC BY-SA 2.0

'Baby Russets' is a restaurant on the Kingsway. This traditional English restaurant serves a variety of traditional dishes from sweets and cake, to steaks, seafood and daily specials. For groups, this restaurant offers the possibility of a limited menu. The decor of this restaurant is a blend of orange, brown and red. Of course you can also find of the many pubs within walking distance. They offer traditional dishes, for an attractive price. An example of a cosy pub is the 'Horn & Trumpet' pub at the Leek road. This is a family friendly pub, and has several daily deals.

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