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Attractions in North Staffordshire

The following visitor attractions listings provide a quick overview and where we have them some brief accessibility details - we believe that having a disability should be no barrier to enjoying what North Staffordshire has to offer the tourist and we support Accessible Countryside for Everyone in promoting access to leisure activities and attractions

 

 

 

Alton Towers is probably the most popular attraction, with it’s Theme Park, Water Park, CBeebies Land, Extraordinary Golf, Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest, Hotels, Spa and exceptional Gardens
Accessibility - Accessible toilets, wheelchair access to most of the park - note from access statement "Please note, due to the very hilly nature of our site which can make powered buggies very unstable, we do not allow them into the Theme Park and in CBeebies Land", a Changing Places facility is Located in the X Sectorchanging places icon and a Space to Change facility is located in Fountain Square
www.altontowers.com

 

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Churnet Valley Railway – 11 mile return journey along the valley between Kinglsey & Froghall station and Leekbrook through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”, “Moorlander” dining train, events, footplate experience
Accessibility - It is recommended that wheelchair users board the train at Kingsley & Froghall Station due to a lower platform level at Cheddleton.
www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

 

 

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Etruria Industrial Museum and Heritage Centre – Etruria, Stoke on Trent – “home of Jesse Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill, the only remaining operational Steam Driven Potters’ Mill in the world”, Victorian factory mill, cafe, canal-side walks
Accessibility - disabled toilets "Unfortunately there is limited access for those with mobility difficulties to enter the mill"
www.etruriamuseum.org.uk

 

 

 

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Emma Bridgewater factory – Meet the jiggers, jolliers, fettlers, casters and decorators whose traditional skills and craftsmanship go into creating every piece of pottery. Bookable factory tours, decorating studio, experience days, cafe, garden, shop
Accessibility - "the factory is accessible and we have space for one wheelchair so please get in touch tel: 01782 201328 to book"
emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk

 

 

 

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Foxfield Railway – Caverswall Road Station, Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge - Heritage Steam Railway, period carriages, 5 mile round trip through rural Staffordshire pulled by historic steam engines as well as a Miniature Railway, café, shop, fully licensed real ale bar, experience days - running every Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter until Christmas
foxfieldrailway.co.uk

 

 

 

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Gladstone Pottery Museum – Longton, Stoke on Trent – complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world’s finest bone china, guided tours, See traditional skills, original workshops, the cobbled yard and huge bottle kilns, ‘Flushed with Pride’ toilet exhibit, Tile Gallery and 1890’s Doctor’s House, shop, cafe
Accessibility - External areas of the museum are cobbled, ramped access to buildings, lift to upper floor, wheelcahirs available for loan, accessible toilets
www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/gpm

 

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Kingsley Bird & Falconry Centre – Kingsley, Cheadle – Limited opening for general admission but offer bird experiences, has one of the largest collections of birds of prey in the country, Lantra courses approved by the Hawk Board, guided tours, night tours
kingsleyfalconry.co.uk

 

 

 

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Middleport Pottery – Burslem, Stoke on Trent – World famous Burleigh pottery has been created here using traditional methods since 1889. Visitor Centre which comprises Victorian offices, historic collections, bottle kiln and mould store, factory tour, café, shop
Accessibility - accessible toilet, access is limited in some areas, please see the access statement on their website
www.middleportpottery.org

 

 

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Peak Wildlife Park – Winkhill, Leek – large walkthroughs allow you to come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents, family picnic area, Jungle Bounce and large outdoor play area
Accessibility - "The whole of the Park is accessible by wheelchair and able-bodied pusher. The paths are wide and can accommodate wheelchairs and mobility scooters." Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities
www.peakwildlifepark.co.uk

 

 

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Potteries Museum & Art Gallery – Hanley, Stoke on Trent – Art gallery includes works of art by Picasso, Durer and Degas – museum has a Spitfire, world class pottery collections, local natural history, collection of costume and textiles dating from the 15th century to the present day, and “The Staffordshire Hoard”
Accessibility - Secret Garden – a sensory oasis with plants and fungi to smell and touch, all public areas, including the café and museum are accessible by lift, ramps and stairs, baby changing facilities, accessible toilets, visitor desk and Forum Theatre are fitted with induction loops
www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/pmag and www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/event/see-it-in-stoke

 

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RSPB Coombes & Churnet Valley Nature Reserve Coombes Valley is a wonderful woodland reserve. It’s perfect for nature enthusiasts to explore and for families to have fun and play together outdoors. In spring and early summer, migrating flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers come to breed. In winter, redwings, fieldfares and winter finches are regular visitors - woodland reserve at Bradnop, for nature enthusiasts to explore and for families to have fun and play together outdoors.
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/coombes-valley

 

 

 

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Rudyard Lake – located outside Stoke on Trent near Leek and the Peak District National Park, two and a half mile long lake, water sports, fishing, walks, wildlife, steam train ride, cycle track, visitor centre, cafe, shop
www.rudyardlake.com
 
The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway runs by the lake and cycle track, has a Station Cafe
Accessibility There is wheelchair access to all the stations, plans to have a wheelchair accessible rail coach
www.rlsr.org

 

 

 

 image of boats on Rudyard Lake

 

Spode Works Visitor Centre – Stoke on Trent- Visitor Centre tells the stories of the Spode factory, the works, the things they made, the collection and archive of the Spode Museum Trust. There are films, images, interactive displays, objects from the collections and regular events and activities
Accessibility - There is ramped access to the doors of the centre and between the two main display areas within the centre. The gallery is accessible if you use a wheelchair or are bringing a buggy, accessible toilets and a baby change area, some tactile items on display
www.spodeworks.org

 

 

 

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Tittesworth Water – (STW) – The Roaches, nr Leek – “variety of habitats, from conifer plantation and semi ancient woods to wildflower meadows and marshland”, a country park, visitor centre, large adventure play area, 2 bird hides, walking trails (1.5 or 5 miles), Water Sports and Activity Centre, cafe, shop
Accessibility - "There are toilets and car parking facilities for disabled visitors and some stretches of the adjoining path are accessible by wheelchair"
www.stwater.co.uk/my-severn-trent/our-visitor-sites/tittleswort-water

 

 

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Trentham Gardens an award winning garden the Italian Gardens, landscaped parkland and a mile long Capability Brown designed lake, offer the visitor enjoyable gardens to wander through, picnic and play in. There is an adventure playground, hide and speak maze and miniature train ride along the lakeside. The estate also has a Retail Village, Garden Centre, Monkey Forest and Aerial Extreme
Accessibility - All on one level with low ramped access to most facilities, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. There is a Changing Places facility changing places icon in the Shopping Village
www.trentham.co.uk

 

 

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Trentham Monkey Forest – The only place in the UK where you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of forest. Banana Café and Jungle Shop
www.monkey-forest.com

 

 

 

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WaterWorld – Festival Park, Etruria, Stoke on Trent – the UK’s No.1 indoor tropical aqua park – baby & toddler area, indoor and outdoor pools, range of slides, aqua disco, cafés, bar
Accessibility - Wheelchair access, two designated disabled cubicles which are very large and have their own shower. There are no steps entering or exiting the wave pool. Regular special needs family events
www.waterworld.co.uk

 

 

 

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The World of Wedgwood (inc Wedgwood Museum) – Barlaston, Stoke on Trent – iconic pottery factory and museum, “the story of Josiah Wedgwood, his family, and the company he founded two-and-a-half centuries ago” – world class collections, factory tour, creative craft experiences, nature trail, cafés, shop
Accessibility - The Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users, wheelchairs available to hire, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, a loop system for the hard of hearing
www.worldofwedgwood.com

 

 

 image of the World of Wedgwood website

 

 

Please also check each of the Town pages - as these include additional attractions

 

 

 

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