Staffordshire is another landlocked county in England, located in the West Midlands. Its largest city is Stoke-on-Trent, a separately-administered city. In mid-2014, it has a population of 1,098,300, living in an area that is 1,047 square miles in size.
The county is packed full of things to do and attractions that are world-class. Aside from the Alton Towers Resort, it also has another theme park, Drayton Manor. If you have a love for the outdoors, feel free to explore the county's forest tracks, limestone dales and its numerous crags. Walk, climb or cycle at the Peak District National Park or at the National Forest, in South Staffordshire or at Cannock Chase.
Marvel at the still extant complete pottery factory from the Victorian era and see traditional skills still practised by artisans at the Gladstone Factory Museum. Stoke-on-Trent on the other hand is officially acknowledged as the Ceramics Capital of the World, where most of the famous English ceramics manufacturers are located. The largest cache of Anglo-Saxon gold, which was discovered near Lichfield, is now housed at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Alton Towers – It is the most visited theme park and hotel complex in the county. A flagship resort of Merlin Entertainments of the UK, it has major rides such as Nemesis and Oblivion, The Smiler and Runaway Mine Train and a water park with the Master Blaster water coaster and the Splash Landings Hotel.
Trentham Estate – Although the Trentham Hall is yet to be restored, its Trentham Gardens is very beautiful. It is designed in the formal Italianate style, created as a serpentine park that covers 300 acres. It also has the Trentham Monkey Forest where 140 Barbary Macaque monkeys roam freely. Visitors can interact with the monkeys but are forbidden from touching them.
Closest Airport: Birmingham International Airport – 39 Miles
Closest City Centre: Lichfield Tourist Information Centre to Birmingham – 18.2 Miles
Closest Must-See location outside Staffordshire: Black Country Living Museum in Dudley to Staffordshire University – 40.7 Miles