Until 100 years ago, Stoke wasn’t just Stoke. It was six separate towns. Which explains a lot, because variety is what you get in this booming Northern city.
Here you’ll find the UK’s largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold. Its biggest collection of free-roaming monkeys (140 barbary macaques in the Trentham Estate). The Regent: a magnificent Art Deco theatre. And the birthplace of Robbie Williams, the Spitfire, and the oatcake, too.
Not to mention the beating heart of the Staffordshire pottery industry. That’s why Stoke is affectionately known as the Potteries. But it’s also been called the ceramics capital of the world. This heritage is everywhere – no more so than at the factory of the city’s most famous export: Wedgwood china.
Add to this a renowned football team, the UK’s best-known theme park (Alton Towers) and you start to get the picture: Stoke is on the up.
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