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Attractions in neighbouring areas

The following are suggestions of places to visit within reasonable driving distance of North Staffordshire, with an approximate time for travelling by car (from Stoke) given as a guide. With so much within reach we hope you will make North Staffordshire your base and explore the wider area. This includes a number of World Heritage Sites

For a wider view of the attractions in our neighbouring areas see the tourist.me.uk website

 

East Staffordshire

Uttoxeter - 25 minutes from Stoke - Traditional market town, a mix of architecture, race course

Amerton Farm & Craft Centre - 35 minutes from Stoke - Stowe By Chartley - Farm attraction with farm animals, a railway approximately 1 mile long, pottery, blacksmith shop, also the British Wildlife Rescue Centre
www.amertonfarm.co.uk and thebwrc.com

 

 image of the Amerton Farm website

 

Tutbury Castle 40 minutes from Stoke - Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent - 11th century castle, historical re-enactment, archaeological excavation, an authentic Tudor garden and mediaeval herbery, the ‘haunted’ Great Hall and King’s Bedroom, one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots
Accessibility The Great Hall is not accessible, ramped access to tea-room / gift shop, main compound of the castle is mostly grassy and flat, although it is bumpy in parts, accessible toilet. The herbery is an accessible sensory garden -
www.tutburycastle.com

 

 image of the Tutbury Castle website

 

National Memorial Arboretum 1 hour from Stoke - Alrewas - 150 acres, more than 330 memorials in our grounds, over 30,000 maturing trees and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building is a museum in its own right. Undiscovered Arboretum Buggy Tours, Guided Walks, Land Train. At 11am everyday in the Millennium Chapel a two-minute silence is held.
Accessibility Ramped access to the visitor centre, accessible toilets, Firm, level paths give good access to much of the site, however many memorials are accessible over grass and may present a challenge for some visitors. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to hire
www.thenma.org.uk

 

 image of the National Memorial Arboretum website

 

South Staffordshire

Cannock Chase Country Park 1 hour from Stoke - 3000 acres of mixed parkland with internationally important heathlands and woodlands, walking, MTB, cycling, horse riding, adventure playground, Visitor Centre and Café at Marquis Drive with picnic sites
Bike hire is available at Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre
Accessibility - Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive has disabled toilets, mobility scooter hire
www.staffordshire.gov.uk/...
also see www.forestry.gov.uk/birchesvalley - Forestry Commission - Birches Valley Forest Centre

 

 image of the Stafford County Council web page for Cannock Chase

 

Wolseley Centre
45 minutes from Stoke - This is the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ, with a visitor centre, gardens and riverside walk Accessibility disabled toilet, baby changing facilities , paths and boardwalks are wheelchair friendly, sensory garden
www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/wolseley-centre

 

 image of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wolseley Centre website page

 

For more Attractions and places of interest in Staffordshire please see tourist.me.uk/staffordshire

 

Derbyshire

Buxton 1 hour from Stoke - Spa town, Opera House, Pooles show caves, park, street market, shopping - gateway to the Peak District

Bakewell - 1 hour 15 minutes from Stoke - market town, riverside walks, park, shopping, home of the Bakewell Pudding and Bakewell Tart. Close to Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House

Ashbourne - 1 hour from Stoke - market town, antique shops, park, cycle the Tissington Trail

 

Haddon Hall and Gardens 1 hour 20 minutes from Stoke - Bakewell - "probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century", Elizabethan terraced gardens, restaurant, shop
Accessibility - access for visitors with disabilities and wheelchair users is restricted in both house and gardens, accessible toilet
www.haddonhall.co.uk

 

 image of the Haddon Hall website

 

Chatsworth House 1 hour 30 minutes from Stoke - home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, 16 generations of the Cavendish family, a palace in all but name with over 30 rooms, works of art, gardens, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, 1000 acres of parkland, farmyard, cafés, restaurants, shops
Accessibility - The house is wheelchair accessible, manual wheelchairs available, lift, but mobility scooters cannot be used inside the house, gardens are accessible with buggy tours from outside the Orangery, sensory garden, farmyard is accessible, Carriage House and Cavendish restaurants are fully accessible, accessible toilets, audio tour of the house, Induction loops are installed at the house, garden and farmyard entrances, A British Sign Language interpreter is also available by prior arrangement only.
www.chatsworth.org

 

 

 image of the Chatsworth House website

 

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood 30 minutes from Stoke - Late 17th-century house with lavish interiors, Museum of Childhood, woodland play area, cafe, shop
Accessibility - Wheelchair access limited the Hall has stepped entrances on all sides, Museum of Childhood is accessible by wheelchairs and has a lift, accessible toilets & baby changing facilities are located in the stable yard and in the Museum of Childhood
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/...

 

 image of the Sudbury Hall website page

 

Calke Abbey (NT) 1 hour 15 minutes from Stoke - stately home and country estate, this however has a twist the house has been left in varying states of disrepair - showing how the fabric of such buildings deteriorates. It also has many fully furnished rooms, collections and curios, gardens, and extensive parkland
Accessibility - Disabled toilet available near visitor reception, baby-changing facilities, vehicle service operates between car park and house/garden, wheelchair access to parts of the house
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/...

 

 image of the Calke Abbey website

 

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site historic mills, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories, covering 15 miles including Cromford, Belper and Derby. Sir Richard Arkwright established a water powered cotton spinning mill here in 1771, birthplace of the modern factory system, this now houses the Visitor Gateway for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Arkwright Experience, narrow boat ride along the canal,guided tours, shops, cafes
Accessibility - Accessible toilet located in the Visitor Centre, full wheelchair access throughout the Visitor Centre, shop and Arkwright Experience
www.cromfordmills.org.uk/visit-us

 

 image of the Derwent Valley Mills website page

 

For more Attractions and places of interest in Derbyshire please see tourist.me.uk/derbyshire
and for activities see peakandmoor.co.uk/peak_district/

 

Cheshire

Chester - about 1 hour 20 minutes from Stoke - A city full of heritage from the Roman City Walls to the Black and White timber framed buildings, a bustling retail centre and just outside the city walls is Chester Racecourse

 

Little Moreton Hall (NT) 15 minutes from Stoke - nr Congleton - timber-framed Tudor Manor House, knot garden, tea-rooms, shop
Accessibility - Steep spiral staircase to upstairs and cobbled courtyard, Braille guide, Induction loop in ticket office and shop, Radio hearing system on guided tours, Baby-changing facilities, accessible toilet at the visitor welcome centre
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall

 

 image of the Little Moreton Hall website

 

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate (NT) 1 hour 15 minutes from Stoke - Styal, Wilmslow - cotton mill, built in 1784, and powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, steam engines, heritage machinery, Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the Mill, restored upper garden, walled garden, cafe, takeaway, shop, play area
Accessibility - Baby-changing, accessible toilets, access route around the Mill for wheelchair users, Tramper PMV available
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank

 

 image of the Quarry Bank Mill website

 

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (University of Manchester) - about 50 minutes from Stoke - Lovell Telescope, Planet Pavilion, Space Pavilion, Star Pavilion (events, lectures and educational workshops), 35 acres of gardens and arboretum, cafe - nr Holmes Chapel Accessibility - Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is fully accessible, all at ground level, fully accessible pathway connects the Galaxy Gardens, Space Playground and areas of the arboretum, induction loops fitted in the reception, exhibition and classroom spaces, some exhibitions have subtitles and others have translations, accessible toilet facilities in all buildings
www.jodrellbank.net

 

 image of the Jodrell Bank website

 

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker 45 minutes from Stoke - For over 50 years this vast underground complex, remained secret, the 35,000 square foot underground bunker would have been the centre of Regional Government had nuclear war broken out nr Nantwich
Accessibility - there is limited access for those with mobility problems, ramp for access to the first level only
www.hackgreen.co.uk

 

 image of the Hack Green website

 

Chester Zoo 1hr 20 minutes from Stoke - more than 20,000 animals, over 500 different species, 125 acres of enclosures and gardens, Zoofari Monorail, Lazy River Boat Trip, wet weather walk, places to eat, gift shop - Upton-by-Chester
Accessibility - accessible toilets, including a changing places facility changing-places-icon, wheelchair electric scooter and buggy hire, hearing loops, enclosures are designed to make it easy for everyone to see the animals
www.chesterzoo.org

 

 image of the Chester Zoo website

 

For more Attractions and places of interest in Cheshire please see tourist.me.uk/cheshire

 

Greater Manchester

Imperial War Museum North 1 hour 35 minutes from Stoke - striking building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind. Main exhibition space features a timeline of the conflicts that Britain and the Commonwealth, Big Picture Show, contemporary art, exhibitions, events, hands-on interactive displays, Water Shard Café & Kitchen, museum shop - Salford Quays
Accessibility Accessible toilets, lifts to all floors, audio described tours and object handling sessions, signed tours are regularly available, large-print copies of IWM North's Floor Plan and What's On leaflet, Induction loop systems
www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

 

 

 

 

 image of the Imperial War Museum North website

 

Elizabeth Gaskell's House 1 hour 40 minutes from Stoke - 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester - Grade 2 listed Regency-style villa, period rooms, villa garden, tea room
Accessibility - House and garden are both fully accessible, lift to all floors, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities
elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

 

 image of the Elizabeth Gaskell website

 

For more Attractions and places of interest in Greater Manchester please see tourist.me.uk/greater-manchester

 

Merseyside

Albert Dock 1 hour 45 minutes from Stoke - part of Liverpool's UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, opened in 1846 and remained a fully working dock until closing in 1972. Today houses the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the United Kingdom and is home to award winning visitor attractions including the Beatles Story, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool
Accessibility - Albert Docks is accessible both inside the quay and exterior walkways, The Colonnades has an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities
www.albertdock.com

 

 

 

 image of the Albert Dock website

 

Tate Liverpool 1 hour 45 minutes from Stoke - Albert Dock, Liverpool - British and international modern and contemporary art, exhibitions, events, Learning Centre (free space designed just for families), café and shop
Accessibility - adapted toilets (Changing Places toilets are located locally on the Albert Dock and in Liverpool One), baby care rooms, two standard passenger lifts which have a visual floor indicator, Braille markings and an audible announcer, Foyer, Group reception room and Auditorium are fitted with a hearing loops, All leaflets are available in Braille, large print and audio (personal stereos are available on request)
www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool

 

 image of the Tate Liverpool website

 

For more Attractions and places of interest in Merseyside please see tourist.me.uk/merseyside

 

Shropshire

Dorathy Clive Garden 35 minutes from Stoke - Willoughbridge, nr Market Drayton - an old gravel quarry converted to gardens, waterfall, rhododendrons, azaleas and woodland plants, tea room
Accessibility - a designated wheelchair access route in the garden, many seats around the garden, ramped access to the tea room
dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

 

 

 

 image of the Dorathy Clive Garden website

 

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums (World Heritage Site) 1 hour 15 minutes from Stoke - There are ten award-winning museums and 35 historic sites in the six square miles of the Ironbridge Gorge. Watch and talk to the Museums’ craftsmen and costumed demonstrators
Accessibility - includes Blists Hill Victorian Town, Enginuity, Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Museum of The Gorge, Darby Houses (the former homes of the Darby family), Tar Tunnel, The Iron Bridge & Tollhouse, Broseley Pipeworks (produced clay tobacco pipes), "Whilst all sites have some form of access for visitors with disabilities, some are more accessible than others" please see their own individual website pages
www.ironbridge.org.uk

 

 

 image of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums website

 

Severn Valley Railway 1 hour 10 minutes from Stoke - Heritage Railway running between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster (connected to the national railway network), Kidderminster has a small Railway Museum, miniature railway. Bridgnorth has locomotive works, viewing of the locomotive yard possible from the station footbridge, original station, shop, Refreshment Room and Pub
Accessibility - Bridgnorth station had wheelchair access - (platform 2 with staff assistance only), accessible toilets, baby changing facilities - please see their website for details of other stations
www.svr.co.uk

 

 image of the Severn Valley Railway website

 

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford 1 hour form Stoke - one of the largest aviation collections in the UK 70 historic aircraft in four hangars, National Cold War Exhibition, Test Flight, War in the Air, Hangar 1,- including the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber, simulator rides, vehicles from tanks to cars, to a folding motorbike from WWII, restaurant, shop, activities
Accessibility - Wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets, baby change facilities, lifts to upper level, tactile diagram booklets available for loan
www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford

 

 image of the RAF Museum Cosford website

 

Attingham Park (NT) - 1 hour 10 minutes form Stoke - 18th century mansion and estate, art collections, splendid rooms, walled garden, parkland, visitor centre, cafe, tea room, book shop
Accessibility - Accessible toilet, and a Changing Places facility,changing places icon scooter hire, wheelchair available in mansion, Braille and large print guides, Map of accessible grounds route
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

 

 image of the Attingham Park website

 

For more Attractions and places of interest in Shropshire please see tourist.me.uk/shropshire

 

North Wales

Llangollen - 1 hour 20 minutes from Stoke - Market town, river walks, heritage railway, canal basin, boat trips, Eisteddfod and other events at the Llangollen Pavilion, gateway to the Dee Valley (walking & cycling) - see www.llangollen.org.uk

 

 

 

 image of the Llangollen website

 

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (World Heritage Site) - 1 hour from Stoke - Impressive Canal Viaduct over a steep river valley, canal basin & park, riverside / canalside walks and boat trips - see www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk

 

 image of the Pontcysyllte website

 

Erddig (NT) - 1 hour 10 minutes from Stoke - this National Trust property is near to Wrexham and is unusual as the house is complete with its original contents, the owners appear to have been hoarders and not thrown anything away, the result is a fascinating collection of furniture and artefacts as well as gardens and parkland - see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig

 

 image of the Pontcysyllte website

 

also see www.visitsnowdonia.info
and for activities see peakandmoor.co.uk/snowdonia

 

 

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