Staffordshire has many hidden treasures within it, with Stoke only taking up the north-eastern section of the county. Within its borders, you are sure to find beautiful sights and places to visit no matter what.
Whether you want a day out at the races or a serene stroll through the countryside, Staffordshires got the perfect place for you and your friends.
Peak District National Park
One of the most beautiful parts of Staffordshire is the Peak District. The national park has many great walking routes and sights to see throughout its 555 square miles. The peak district borders Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester.
Possibly the most well-known parts of Staffordshires area of the Peak District is the Roaches. The Roaches is home to a distinct rock formation that can be used for many rock climbing activities. The Roaches also offers many walking routes with views of the serene countryside.
Due to its remote location, the peak district can be tricky to get to without a car. However you can get there by train and bus, so is still very much accessible to university students.
It’s a must-see location and a great way to bond with your friends and get some exercise during the warmer months.
Gladstone Pottery Museum
You can’t live in a city without fully immersing yourself in its history and culture. Staffordshire, and mainly Stoke-on-Trent, was once thriving with its mining and pottery history. Many of the key pottery outlets are still open today and offer many experiences and tours for you to take part in.
Gladstone Pottery Museum is based in Stoke-on-Trent making it super easy for Staffordshire University and Keele University students to get to. It is the typical style factory that would have been bustling in the 18th and 19th centuries during the Industrial Revolution. You can learn more about pottery and the process it takes to make your dinner plate, and can even have a go at making your own.
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Located in Tamworth, the Snowdome is the perfect spot for any winter sports lover. Hosting a multi-ring ice rink, a real snow slope for skiing and snowboarding, as well as an indoor swimming pool and gym.
It is situated right next to Tamworth Football Club, Tamworth Castle, and Tamworths main retail park. This makes it a good location for a day trip with lots of activities suitable for everyone.
Once again, you can get to Tamworth by train or bus quite easily from the nearby Stoke Train Station. With your uni accommodation right next to the train station, traveling couldn’t be any easier.
If you want a taste of class and sophistication, Uttoxeter Racecourse is the place for you. With regular horse racing events taking place throughout the year, you can dress up and maybe make a few quid along the way.
You can get to the racecourse easily via train and bus, with them running regularly from Stoke-On-Trent. The short journey won’t take too long before you can fully immerse yourself in the fun that horse racing offers.
This makes a great activity for a special occasion such as a birthday or an after assignment celebration.
If you knew anything about Stoke-on-Trent before coming to University here, you would know its close proximity to Alton Towers. Possibly one of Staffordshires biggest tourist attractions, Alton Towers is one of the UK’s biggest theme parks.
Alton Towers can be found in the small town of Alton in Staffordshire and is possibly one of the easiest attractions to get to from Stoke Station. You can catch a bus direct to Alton Towers’s entrance from Stoke station. These buses run regularly throughout the day so you can enjoy the adrenaline rush that Alton Towers supplies whenever you want to.
The park hosts more than just it’s famous rollercoasters, with Alton Towers being a hotel, spa, mini-golf, and swimming centre as well. It’s a go-to place for most Staffordshires residents when they need a little fun injected into their day.
Although it may be one of the more expensive days out, Alton Towers usually has 2 for 1 voucher and student discounts available making it about $20 per person for a full day out. Not too bad if you ask me!
Historic Manors and Houses
Now I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t a place – nor does it sound like a great place for us to go. But trust me, historic houses and Manors makes a great day out. Whether you’re all about getting the perfect picture for the gram or want to actually learn about the history behind these buildings. They make a great place to go hang out with friends and explore the local area.
Luckily there’s loads of these historic building scattered across Staffordshire, so there’s plenty for you to choose from for your next day out. We’ve made a list of some of our favourites for you to visit below: