St Giles Church
Set in attractive parkland, the modern production centre for Josiah Wedgwood's porcelain empire displays an extensive collection of historic pieces, including plenty of Wedgwood's delicate, neo-classical blue-and-white Jasperware.
England's most popular theme park, Alton Towers is truly a must for white-knuckle fiends. Entry prices are almost as steep as the rides, of which there are more than 100 - including the terrifying vertical drop of the Oblivion, upside-down roller coasters, log flumes and more. Rita, Queen of Speed catapults you from 0-100kph in a lunch-losing 2.5 seconds.
This museum houses an extensive ceramics display, from Toby jugs and Jasperware to outrageous ornamental pieces, like the Minton Peacock. You can also see treasures from the outstanding Staffordshire Hoard , displays on the WWII Spitfire (created by the Stoke-born aviator Reginald Mitchell) and artworks by LS Lowry and Sir Henry Moore.
Constructed around Stoke's last remaining bottle kiln, this evocative museum has an authentic, working Victorian pottery factory where skilled potters talk to visitors.