Fondly nicknamed The Potteries, Stoke is synonymous with major household ceramics brands, including Wedgwood, Moorcroft, and Spode. Its ‘Ceramics Trail’ attracts visitors worldwide, boosting the profile and economy of this famous area, and depicting its rich history of innovation and creativity.
Stoke is one of six neighbouring towns in Staffordshire, amalgamated to become the major city of Stoke-on-Trent. Stoke’s name was chosen in preference to the other component towns of Hanley, Tunstall, Longton, Fenton, and Burslem, primarily due to its mainline railway station and beneficial transport links to other areas of the country.
Trains, planes and automobiles (and buses)
Stoke lies on the Stafford to Manchester Line, which is part of the West Coast Main Line. It offers easy access to the north as far as Manchester, just 45 miles away, and south to London. Both Manchester and East Midlands International Airports are within easy reach by road or train, making for a relaxing start to any foreign business trip or holiday.
A city centre bus station is the starting point for extensive local bus routes, with National Express coaches operating from nearby ‘Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley’ bus station for those travelling further afield.
The National Cycle Route also passes through the city centre, offering a safe and straightforward transport alternative for commuters and leisure cyclists. Numerous cycle paths in and around the area also make for stress-free outings at the weekends, and on summer evenings.
A wealth of renting choice
The Stoke area offers a huge choice of rental properties, from quirky apartments to classic family semis. If you’re looking to live near a green space you can rent a modern two-bedroom apartment for around £450 pcm in Sneyd Green, close to Central Forest Park, Sneyd Hill Park, and the M53.
Slightly further north in Tunstall, you’ll have the benefit of living close to the Grade II listed Victoria Park, where a modern three-bedroom family semi can be yours for around £620 pcm.
If you need to live nearer Stoke city centre, however, two-bedroom terraced houses in Hanley go for around £500-£600 pcm, offering close proximity to transport links and the hubbub of city life.
Shopping, walking, and monkeys - out and about in Stoke
If being the birthplace of Robbie Williams isn’t enough, what else does Stoke offer its residents? Well, you can enjoy the thrills and spills of nearby Alton Towers, or opt for a slightly more sedate, but equally interesting, day out at the Trentham Estate with its Italian gardens, shopping, and Monkey Forest.
Learn the history of The Potteries at the many heritage and visitor centres in the area, where you can have a go at making your own unique piece. Stoke’s location close to the Peak District National Park also provides the opportunity for relaxing downtime, fresh air, exercise, and fun in this vast area of natural beauty.
If retail therapy is more your thing, Manchester and Birmingham are just a short train ride away, or you can look no further than Stoke city centre for major retail chains, independent restaurants and cafes, and multi-screen cinemas to keep you entertained all day long.
Even though Robbie Williams has moved away, Stoke remains a great place to live, with a wide variety of rental properties offering space and value whatever your circumstances.