Hotels in Hanley
One of the original six towns that now comprises the city of Stoke-on-Trent, Hanley was once known as the 'capital of the Potteries' because of its thriving pottery businesses, which helped Staffordshire become the leading pottery centre in Britain in the Industrial Revolution.
Hanley was also a busy mining centre until the 20th century, and was originally known as 'Hanlih' in the Middle Ages.
If you're eager to find out more about Stoke-on-Trent's pottery heritage, don't forget to visit The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. This venue, which showcases many of Staffordshire's greatest ceramic artefacts, also has a beautiful Secret Garden and a Second World War Spitfire.
The Gladstone Pottery Museum, meanwhile, exhibits hundreds of other fascinating ceramic items related to the city's pottery industry. Here, visitors can also discover what life would have been like for the families that worked tirelessly to produce this world-renowned pottery and help built Stoke-on-Trent's enviable industrial reputation.
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Take the family to WaterWorld, which is the most popular indoor tropical aquatic park in the country and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The Etruria Industrial Museum, meanwhile, preserves an early 19th-century bone and flint mill that is now Grade II Listed and is the location of the much-loved, family friendly Etruria Canals Festival.
Where to dine in Hanley
Highly regarded restaurants in Hanley include the English and bistro-themed NOM Restaurant & Bar, while nearby The Old Plough offers other very tempting British dishes to suit all culinary tastes. More great places to eat in the area include the Italian-inspired Portofino - Hanley, the American-themed Exchange Bar and Kitchen, and the French-themed Melice restaurant at the Potteries Shopping Centre.
Hanley accommodation â€“ suggestions
One of the most reputable, value-for-money Hanley hotels is the stylish Premier Inn Stoke-on-Trent, while the nearby BEST WESTERN Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House also offers affordable, well-presented accommodation. Other highly regarded hotels you might be interested in booking include the chic Borough Arms Hotel in nearby Newcastle-under-Lyme, and the immaculate yet budget-friendly Holiday Inn Express Stoke-on-Trent.
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