|A one time industrial area producing coal, steel and pottery which gave rise to it being known as
Stoke-on-Trent has several industrial heritage museums including the Gladstone Pottery Museum. This is a working museum where visitors can see pottery being produced as it was traditionally, except that the bottle kilns can no longer be fired with coal so the pottery is fired in electric kilns.
||Also in the north of the county are the high Staffordshire Moorlands, adjoining the Peak District, and containing such delights as Dove Dale and the Manifold Valley, seen here from the mouth of Thor's Cave.
The old track-bed of the Leek & Manifold Valley Railway, which closed in 1934, is now a tarmac path/cycleway. Bring your own bikes or hire them locally!
Here the visitor will find many small attractive villages with buildings of local stone and a variety of countryside from rolling pastures to wild and windswept moorland. The main town of the area is Leek, once a textile centre and now famous as the home of the Britannia Building Society.
|South Staffordshire, including the county town of Stafford, is considered as foreign parts for some of those from the north of the county. Its landscapes and attractions are totally different and becoming increasingly popular as a tourist area. The nearby Lichfield Cathedral dates back over 1300 years and is home to the annual Lichfield Arts Festival.
For families, Amerton Farm & Craft Centre provides interest and entertainment in all weathers. Open Easter - Christmas.
Stafford, itself, is a bustling town which still retains its individuality with many local traders as well as the usual nationals. It has some interesting architectural features including the Ancient High House, tallest timber-framed town house in England and built about 1595.
Carol Howard's World of Dance, Drama and Visual Art!
From Bellydancing to visual art, Carol usually has lots going on in Stoke on Trent and across North Staffordshire!