Located in the heart of England, Staffordshire is best known for the Potteries, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Doulton, Twyford, Wedgwood, the National Arboretum and Stoke City Football Club.
There are plenty of other major attractions, outdoor adventures and medieval treasures to explore! Spend a day discovering one of the many museums and castles, beautiful gardens, visit The National Forest or relax alongside the many miles of canals, more than any other shire county.
Staffordshire is also home to the UK’s only Monkey Forest, set in 60 acres of woodland and meadows 140 monkeys are free to roam in the rustling trees and crashing through the branches. You will be transported into a world of animal magic!
Drayton Manor theme park is set in 280 acres of lakes and parkland and packed full of some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around. For the first time in Europe, Thomas the little blue tank engine and Friends have their very own home at Thomas Land! Drayton Manor houses hundreds of species from around the world plus Dinosaurland, museums, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Alton Towers Resort is the perfect destination for the whole family and arguable Britain’s biggest and most-loved theme park. There are great kid’s attractions, white-knuckle roller coaster rides, special events and much more. Ideal for short breaks with a hotel, waterpark and spa!
The National Memorial Arboretum consists of 150 acres of wooded parkland and is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance, a living and lasting memorial to commemorate and celebrate those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Popular with both young and old, the Arboretum offers peace and tranquillity and a sense of national pride.
The National Forest Adventure Farm offers exciting indoor play, outdoor play and farm animals. The Farm hosts many events throughout the year including Easter Activities, summer Maize Maze, Agri-lympics charity event, spooky Halloween daytime fun, scary night time Halloween Screamfest and Christmas celebrations.
Gladstone Pottery Museum is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Explore the cobbled yard, with huge bottle kilns and take part in daily workshops
Explore the cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield, go shopping in Stafford, beer tasting in Burton, ghost hunting in Tamworth or shopping in Stafford.
For a more rural escape visit the stunning Peak District where you can walk or cycle across the county’s beautiful landscape or Kinver’s High sandstone ridge and hill fort overlooking dramatic red sandstone rock houses.
Another outdoor adventure is Cannock Chase, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with acres of countryside and one of the UK’s most exciting mountain bike trails.
Don’t miss the largest collection of Anglo Saxon treasure ever found in Britain. The Staffordshire Hoard worth £3.285m was discovered in a farmer’s field, and has been jointly acquired by The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with items on permanent display.
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