A visit to Staffordshire is a must for any English ceramics collector, scholar, or enthusiast. It’s a 3.5 hour drive or a 1.5 hour train ride from London and perfect for a weekend getaway from the city.
Staffordshire is the birthplace of the English ceramic industry, home to over 1,900 manufactories since the late 17th century. The industry was centered around six towns—Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton, and Longton, that were collectively referred to as “The Potteries” and now make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent. The region’s abundance of natural clay deposits made it an ideal location for enterprising potters to set up shop. English ceramic giants like Wedgwood, Spode, and Minton were all based in Staffordshire, and some still operate there to this day.
Today, The Potteries is home to wonderful museums and factories, making it a must-see destination for ceramics lovers. Read on for a sample Staffordshire Potteries itinerary and plan your trip today!