Staffordshire Attractions

There are so many great attractions in Staffordshire, it’s difficult to know where to start!

From Theme Parks like Alton Towers to the fabulous countryside of The Peak District and the Churnet Valley.
Why not spend a day at Uttoxeter Races, The National Memorial Arboretum, or visit the historic potteries where high quality china is still made?
You can find directions to all these fun things to do, and nearby accommodation on our Locations page.

Here’s a few page of our favourites:

Shugborough Estate
The amazing working estate of Shugborough ensures a full day of activities for all the family. Explore the lives of the Georgians who lived here. Stroll around the magnificent grounds, island arboretum and sculpture trail.
Within the mansion itself admire the private apartments of Lord Lichfield open for the first time, or see some of his stunning photographs taken on the estate.
Spend time at the working Georgian farm and mill, join in with interactive demonstrations and meet some of the rare breed animals living at the farm.
Stop for a snack at the Granary Tearooms or something more substantial at the Lady Walk restaurant.
Shugborough Estate, Stafford, ST17 0XB
www.shugborough.org.uk

 


Tamworth Castle
Explore 900 years of history at Tamworth Castle.
Get hands-on with interactive displays and activities, like weapons handling or trying on some armour.
See the permanent display of items from the world famous Staffordshire Hoard.
There are plenty of activities to chose from in the castle grounds – hire a bicycle, play crazy golf, or
just take a leisurely stroll down the river and check out the wildlife.
The Holloway, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7NA
http://www.tamworthcastle.co.uk

 


Trentham Gardens
750 acres of gardens, woodland and play areas. Trentham offers a fun packed day for the family.
Explore the barefoot walk or the Hide and Seek Maze. Tackle the adventure playground, or row down the lake.
Trentham is home to 14 fairies created by FantasyWire and are just waiting to be discovered.
Browse round 60 shops, at the shopping village by the entrance, and finish the day in one of the 14 cafes, restaurants or tea rooms.
Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8JG
http://www.trentham.co.uk

 

 



Churnet Valley Railway
Not only can be transported back in time, for a ride on a steam train, but throughout the year there are lots of events for all ages.
Book onto one of the dining trains, or just enjoy the ride through the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands countryside, alongside rivers and canals.

Kingsley and Froghall Station, Staffordshire Moorlands, Froghall, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA
http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk


Foxfield Railway
Take a steam or diesel train and step back into the early days of train travel.
With lots of events and even the opportunity to drive a train, this is the ideal day out.
For those who are a little nervous there is also a miniature line too.

Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST11 9BG
http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk


Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
The narrow gauge Rudyard Lake Steam railway provides a great family day out.
Take the three mile return trip along the side of the lake, hire a boat or do a bit of fishing.
You could even just take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful setting.
Voted the third most romantic place in Britain, Rudyard Lake has lots of things to entertain the whole family.

Rudyard Station, Rudyard, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8PF
http://www.rlsr.org


Biddulph Grange Garden
This National Trust property is a magnificent example of a Victorian garden.
Created by James Bateman – see the vast array of plants from around the world, or explore the hidden tunnels and pathways.
Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire, ST8 7SD
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulph-grange-garden


Cannock Chase Visitor Centre
A great starting point for a vast array of self-guided walks and cycles trails. Includes routes suitable for those with disabilities.
Cannock Chase offers a bird watching area, BBQ spot and a small shop with maps, souvenirs and toilet facilities.

Marquis Drive, Hednesford Near, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 4PW
http://www.visitcannockchase.co.uk


The National Memorial Arboretum
Covering 150 acres the NMA has something for everyone. A living tribute to all who have made personal sacrifices for this country, not just the armed forces.
With such varied habitats, the NMA is home to a vast array of wildlife including otters, hares and skylarks.

Croxall Road, Alrewas, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
http://www.thenma.org.uk


Cotton Dell
Get away from it all with a circular walk through ancient woodlands.

Near Oakamoor, Oakamoor, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST10 3AG
http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/reserves/cotton-dell

Beaver Hall Farm Park Visit their small farm park where you can meet friendly farm animals including goats, pigs, donkeys, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, hens & their meerkat friends. Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre Bradnop Near Leek Staffordshire ST13 7EZ www.beaverhall.co.uk/farm-park/


Monkey Forest
A unique experience set in 60 acres of forest. 140 Barbary Apes roam free, offering an amazing insight into their daily life.
Visitors are able to watch the antics of the youngsters and marvel at their aerial acrobatics. Learn all about the lives of these amazing animals from the many information points and knowledgeable staff.

Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Staffordshire, ST4 8AY
http://www.trentham-monkey-forest.com


Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
A small rescue centre for birds of prey and exotic birds.
Gentleshaw is a registered charity where you can get up close to the resident animals.
Learn about their lives and why they are at Gentleshaw.
Flying displays of the birds of prey take place during the summer months.
After your visit to the animals, pop into the Garden Centre for tea and cake.

Via Fletchers Garden Centre, Stone Road, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6JY
http://www.gentleshawwildlife.co.uk


Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Located 1 mile from Junction 12 of the M6, the Animal Zone is part of Staffordshire Colleges Rodbaston Campus.
With over 750 animals ranging from fish to Alpacas you will surely find one to entertain you.
Meet the Keeper, Craft Sessions and Animal Encounters are just a few of the things you can do before stopping for a picnic, or snack in the tea rooms.

Rodbaston, Penkridge, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST19 5PH
http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk


National Forest Adventure Farm
A day of indoor fun or outdoor adventure awaits at the National Forest Adventure Farm.
Set on a working farm, you can meet and feed a host of traditional farm animals, as well as the more unusual ones like reindeer and chipmunks.
Depending on the time of year you can bottle feed lambs, collect eggs from the hen house, groom a horse or just have a cuddle with a rabbit or guinea pig.
If you venture outside you’llbe amazed by the Maize Maze. One of the largest in Europe! 
Find adventure on the pedal go karts and quad bikes, or dig for bones in the fossil pit. There’s a host of different activities for all ages.
If the weather is a bit damp retreat indoors to the 3000 sqm play barn.
Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9SJ
http://www.adventurefarm.co.uk

Royal Stafford Ceramic Cafe
Create your own pottery masterpiece at the Royal Stafford Ceramic Cafe.
Choose from plates, bowls, mugs or teddy bears for a unique piece which will be fired and sent on to you.

Overhouse Street, Burslem, Staffordshire, ST6 4EE
http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/family-fun/Royal_Stafford_Ceramic_Cafe


Emma Bridgewater Factory
Spend a day at the Emma Bridgewater Factory. Enjoy the tour, then decorate your own piece of pottery. Finish with a spot of lunch before browsing the on-site shop for a bargain or two.

Eastwood Works Lichfield Street, Hanley, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3EJ
http://www.emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk

Alton Towers
Situated in a beautiful part of the Staffordshire countryside and easily accessible from the M1, M6 and M42.
Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s biggest theme park with a myriad of attractions for all ages.
From the thrill rides such as Oblivion and Rita , to the recently opened CBeebies Land and the new Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest, there is plenty to do for all ages.
As if that wasn’t enough the resort also has it’s own Water Park (see separate entry)

Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
https://www.altontowers.com

The Alton Towers Waterpark
Open all year round, Alton Towers Waterpark offers hundreds of water based activites.
Whether you want to fire water cannons on the Wacky Waterworks Tree House, or drift along the Lazy River, there is something for all.
You can even venture outside on the Flash Floods or keep warm in the Volcano Springs.

Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
https://www.altontowers.com

Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
This National Trust attraction provides two different experiences in the same place.
Visit the showpiece 17th century Hall and see the spectacular designs and craftmanship.
The museum of childhood gets all ages excited. Join in and become a Victorian pupil, a scullery maid, or just reminisce about your own childhood.
Both attractions offer special events and activities for everyone to get more involved and hands on.

Sudbury, Ashbourne, Staffordshire, DE6 5HT
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury-hall-and-museum-of-childhood/

 


Stoke on Trent Museums
Stoke on Trent boasts four museums. Two of which are award winning and located close to the city.
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery where, as well as discovering The Potteries history, you can see Reginald Mitchell’s WWII Spitfire. An unrivaled collection of Staffordshire ceramics and items from the Staffordshire Hoard ensure that there is plenty to see.
Or gain an insight to Victorian factory life with a visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum. Have a try at throwing your own pot or just watch the skilled demonstrations.
Home to the only steam driven potters mill in the world, Etruria Industrial Museum is located at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caulden canals.
Or take relax at Ford Green Hall, a 17th Century timber framed house with an award winning museum and period gardens.
Stoke on Trent
www.stokemuseums.org.uk

 


Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery
A family friendly museum set in Brampton Park, less than a mile from the centre of Newcastle Under Lyme.
This fascinating place has something for everyone.
Visit the Victorian Street, the Toy Gallery, or peek into the 1930s and 40s house.
Exhibitions change frequently so there is always something new to see.
Brampton Park, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0QP
http://www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/

Awesome Walls Climbing Stoke
Pre-book a taster session at England’s largest bouldering centre and experience this fun, exhilarating and safe sport. There is a large viewing area, so if your don’t want to participate you can relax and just watch.
Sefton Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 5LW
http://www.awesomewalls.co.uk


Snowdome offers a great day out for beginners and experienced skiers alike.
If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing, there’s an ice rink and a pool on site too.
Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7ND
http://www.snowdome.co.uk

 


Stoke Ski Centre
Lessons in skiing or snowboarding at all levels and lots of well trained staff to help you out. This is great wet weather day activity.
Festival Way, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PU
http://www.stokeskicentre.co.uk

 


CineBowl iSKATE
Ice skating, bowling or a trip to the cinema – Uttoxeter iSKATE has it all.
Town Meadows Way, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8AZ
http://www.cinebowl-iskate.co.uk