Longton is the newest and southernmost of Stoke-on-Trent’s six towns, originally laid out as an agricultural village in the thirteenth century. Until the last decade of the 18th century it was known only for its coal mines and iron works, but from the 19th century it developed into a major and prosperous centre for the production of bone china.

It’s now a busy shopping and heritage location with an attractively renovated indoor market open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Longton Exchange Shopping Centre is located in the town centre. In addition, major retail outlets can be found on the Phoenix Retail Park, a short walk from the station.


Places to Visit

The Phoenix Works

The Phoenix Works is a 5 minute walk or 2 minute cycle from the station.

This beautifully restored pottery factory on King Street is now home to independent shops and a café.

Gladstone Pottery Museum

The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a 12 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

A visit to Stoke-on-Trent would not be complete without experiencing this unique museum – Britain’s only complete Victorian pottery factory. At the museum you can go inside giant bottle ovens, watch expert demonstrators and have a go at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or painting pottery. There’s a café and a shop and an exciting programme of activities and events.

Longton Park (Queen’s Park)

Longton Park is a 25 minute walk or 10 minute cycle from the station.

Longton Park, also known as Queen’s Park, is famous for its trees, horticulture and lakes. It has a very individual character and is one of the city’s heritage parks. It houses a range of buildings including the clock tower and three bowling pavilions. There are also sporting and skate board facilities and a children’s playground.

LoveClay at Valentine Clays

LoveClay at Valentine Clays is a 25 minute walk, 10 minute cycle or a 5 minute bus ride (1/1A/6/6A/11) from the station.

The LoveClay Ceramics Centre at Valentine Clays’ HQ is a new visitor experience that promotes the importance of clay to the ceramics industry and Stoke-on-Trent. LoveClay comprises a contemporary gallery, exhibition space and offers workshops and courses.

Trentham Estate

Trentham Estate is a 20 minute bus ride (22) + 10 minute walk from the station.

Why not visit the Trentham Estate – home to Trentham Shopping Village and the award winning Trentham Gardens? This stunning contemporary revival of an historic garden is amongst the very best in the UK, with vast perennial plantings, formal gardens and woodland around a mile-long lake. A maze, barefoot trail, adventure playground, fairy trail and cafes complete your experience.

The Trentham Shopping Village comprises over 80 shops and cafes in wooden lodges plus the enormous Trentham Garden Centre.

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