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Attractions

Listed below are just some of our favourite attractions in the vicinity of Cordwainer Cottage. More can be found at Visit Stoke or the Staffordshire Tourism site.

Alton Towers: The UK's No. 1 theme park. Only 30 minutes' drive away.

Potteries: The city of Stoke-on-Trent comprises the 'Six Towns' of Hanley, Burslem, Longton, Stoke, Tunstall and Fenton, all famous for the production of some of the world's finest pottery.

The Staffordshire Hoard: The largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, anywhere in the world.

The Churnet Valley: An area rich in history and natural beauty - attractive to ramblers, climbers, steam enthusiasts and canal boaters.

Cheadle: Historic market town - home to St Giles Roman Catholic Church (known as Puginís Gem) which is regarded as one of the finest churches in Britain. Designed in the 19th Century by Pugin, it is a gothic masterpiece.

Leek: Thriving, historic market town well known for its antique shops. Leisure centre with pool, tennis courts, gym, bandstand (afternoon bandstand concerts in the summer). Farmers' market every third Saturday. Weekly outdoor market every Wednesday. Many individual shops. Fifteen minutes' drive.


Well dressing at Endon

Emma Bridgewater Factory:  Book a factory tour, decorate a piece of pottery, visit the on-site café and factory shop.

The Wedgwood Story, Visitor Centre: New award winning visitor centre at the home of world renowned pottery manufacturer Wedgwood. Craft demonstrations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions and factory tours. Shop and restaurants.

Staffordshire Enamels Workshop: The only enamel maker in England whose workshops are open to the public. Booking advisable.

Moorcroft Pottery: Home of the famous art pottery, now more than a hundred years old, whose wares are highly collectable all over the world. Shop and exhibition.

Museums of the Potteries: The Potteries Museum and art gallery is home to the world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. The Gladstone Pottery Museum is the only remaining complete Victorian pottery factory.

The Roaches: Superb site for walking and climbing, with the Peak District just beyond.

Keele Observatory: Open every Tuesday evening and on Saturday afternoon, free entry. Look at celestial objects through a vintage 31cm (12") refractor - or if it's cloudy, have a chat with the astronomers and have a look around. About 25mins from the cottage, at Keele University.

Tittesworth Reservoir: on the outskirts of Leek - a really good day out - visitor centre, restaurant, excellent childrens adventure playground, walking trails.. with the Roaches as a backdrop.