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About Stoke On Trent

Stoke-on-Trent, often referred to as just Stoke, is a city in Staffordshire in England. The city lies approximately midway between Manchester and Birmingham. The Peak District lies to the east of the city. The city is regarded as the home of the pottery industry in England and as a result is also sometimes called the Potteries. The city's association with pottery began in the 17th century and has world famous companies such as Royal Doulton, Dudson Ltd, Spode, Wedgwood, Minton and Baker & Co. The city has also thrived in the past on the back of coal mining and steel production.

Visitors to Stoke-on-Trent can enjoy many attractions including the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the Eturia Industrial Museum and the Gladstone Pottery Museum. For visitors looking for a more thrill-seeking experience, the Alton Towers Resort is roughly 10 miles from the city and is in itself one of the United Kingdom's best known, and most visited, attractions.

The main shopping centre is the Potteries Shopping Centre in Hanley which includes department stores, many high street national chain stores and some independent stores.

Stoke-on-Trent railway station is a mainline station on the Stafford-Manchester Line (part of the West Coast Main Line between Manchester and London) and the Crewe-Derby Line.

About Manchester

The city of Manchester is located in north west England and is roughly 160 miles from London and has a number of museums and galleries that celebrate its rich industrial heritage, its Roman history, the women's suffrage movement and sport. There is a reconstructed part of the Roman fort of Mamucium which is located in the Castlefield area of the city and is open to the public. The Museum of Science and Industry, which is located in the former Liverpool Road railway station, and has a large collection of steam locomotives, industrial machinery, aircraft and a replica of the world's first stored computer program. Nearby Trafford Park is home to the Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester Museum has acclaimed Egyptology and natural history collections.

To the south of the city centre, and adjoining the campus of the University of Manchester, is the Whitworth Art Gallery which displays modern art, sculpture and textiles. The gallery focuses on modern artists, and the art collections include works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ford Madox Brown, Eduardo Paolozzi, Francis Bacon, William Blake, David Hockney, L. S. Lowry, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, and a fine collection of works by J.M.W. Turner.