Trains to Stoke-on-trent

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

Stoke-on-Trent city centre

Stoke’s world-famous pottery industry might be smaller than what it once was, but the city holds its heritage close while being a thoroughly modern destination. In fact, there’s a whole host of niche potters and ceramicists popping up across the town in recent years. It’s also an important place for business and culture and is a vital shopping and entertainment hub for the many towns and villages in Staffordshire and southern Cheshire.

If you’re going for business, Stoke’s a great city to visit by train to avoid the traffic. Everything’s close to the station, including the industrial estates and city centre, and Newcastle-under-Lyme and Hanley are just a few minutes away. Look at our popular routes below to see how quick and easy it is to get to the heart of town from most major UK cities.

Pleasure-seekers can also start their fun from Stoke station. Trentham is just 10 minutes away – it’s famous for its monkey forest, but there’s also the fabulous shopping village and gardens, so you can easily spend the whole day pottering around this part of the Potteries. Hanley is home to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery as well as the fabulous Waterworld and Ski Centre attractions. And if you want to get back to Stoke’s roots, why not book a tour of a working pottery factory?

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Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Stoke-on-Trent

Here’s how quickly you can get to Stoke-on-Trent along these popular routes that cover most of Southern and Western Britain.

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Things to do in Stoke-on-Trent

A day trip to Trentham should be on your agenda if you’re in the area. For starters, the ever-popular Monkey Forest is a must. It’s a zoo without cages, where the Barbary macaques roam freely among guests, and needless to say, kids absolutely love it. Then pop over to Trentham Shopping Village for some retail therapy and really good food. And finish the day with a treetop adventure or a calming walk around the gardens. Perfect!

Monkey Forest Stoke-on-Trent

If you love the golden age of steam, head over to Blythe Bridge, where you’ll find the Foxfield Railway, a beautifully restored steam train experience, where you can stand on the footplate and travel in style on the 4-kilometre long track through the gorgeous countryside.

Train on Foxfield Railway

For pottery lovers, you can soak up all the local history with a tour of the Moorcroft, Wedgwood or Portmeirion factories. You’ll also get a chance to visit the factory shops, where you can pick up prime pieces, or complete that tea set you’ve been collecting. Watching a huge slab of clay get turned into beautiful ceramic crockery is a fascinating way to spend a few hours.

Moorcroft Factory

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Stoke-on-Trent Station Information

All you need to know about Stoke-on-Trent station, from parking and ticketing to WiFi coverage and accessibility, can be found here:

Stoke-on-Trent station information