Stoke-on-Trent doesn’t always spring to mind for a short break in the U.K. but reading about its industrial heritage as the world capital of ceramics tempted us to spend a few days exploring the city. Stoke is located midway between Manchester and Birmingham and has direct rail services to London taking only 90 minutes. In 1910 the six towns that came together to form Stoke were known collectively as The Potteries and comprise Hanley, Tunstall, Burslem, Longton, Fenton and Stoke. Although one might expect Stoke to be the actual city centre it is usually regarded as Hanley.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
We made an early start and arrived in Hanley at 12.00 noon following brown tourist signs to its cultural quarter. After finding a parking space we walked the short distance to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery to learn about the history of ceramics in…
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