The slogan “a world of possibilities” is branded across much of Staffordshire’s promotional material, but if anything the phrase underplays the amount there is to see and do in the county. Staffordshire has built up a veritable dream team of attractions and activities with Alton Towers theme park as their talismanic captain. There are museums, galleries, cathedrals, castles, stately homes, nature reserves, and a lot of parks, from theme parks to snow parks to water parks to adventure parks to landscaped parks. The main problem you’ll face is being able to fit everything in during your stay.
Places to go in Staffordshire
Alton Towers is by far Staffordshire’s most well-known attraction, the Holy Grail of theme parks that every child dreams of visiting. It should definitely be one of the first places you go, especially if you have children. For something a little bit different you could spend a day at the SnowDome in Tamworth or WaterWorld in Stoke-on-Trent. Aside from the more traditional theme parks there are also a number of centres like Aerial Extreme, Go Ape! and Team Action that offer different outdoor activities. But don't let the high-octane fun take over your stay, because there is also a wealth of nature and heritage to discover as well. The county encompasses part of the Peak District in the Northeast and part of the National Forest in the East. In the South is a protected area of woodland and heathland called Cannock Chase, each provides an ideal setting for wildlife-spotting, hiking, biking, and outdoor activities.
Our Top Picks in Staffordshire
We want you to enjoy the best that Staffordshire has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Learn more about what was once a major industry in the area, when pottery factories like the one at Gladstone dotted the landscape. Now the Gladstone Pottery Museum is one of the only remaining complete Victorian factories of its kind. You can explore the cobbled yard, huge bottle kilns, and varied range of ceramics on display. You can also take part in daily workshops.
National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum is a beautiful, peaceful place to visit, remember and pay your respects. It was created to honour the fallen, recognises sacrifice and fosters pride in Britain. At its centre is the Armed Forces Memorial, on which is inscribed the names of service personnel who have lost their lives in conflict or as a result of terrorism since the end of World War II.
Trentham Monkey Forest
Set in 60 acres of woodland and meadows, the monkey forest is the first of its kind in England. You can see 140 Barbary Macaque monkeys roam in total freedom. Walk along the three-quarter mile path through the forest and you’re likely to see the monkeys playing in the trees, sitting on benches and even walking the path itself.
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