10 Things to Do in Newcastle-under-Lyme That You Shouldn't Miss

November 4, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Newcastle-under-Lyme (or Underlem, cf. Burslem, Audlem), (/ˌnjukɑːsəl ʌndər ˈlaɪm/, locally /ˌnjuːkæsəl ʊndəˈlaɪm/) is a market town in Staffordshire, England, and is the principal settlement in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. In the 2011 census the town had a population of 128,264.
Restaurants in Newcastle-under-Lyme

1. Apedale Heritage Centre

Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 7LB, England +44 1782 565050
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4.5 based on 140 reviews

Apedale Heritage Centre

Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area when you visit this unique attraction. We are located in the beautiful Apedale Community Country Park, North Staffordshire, in an area that was once an industrial powerhouse. At weekends and Bank Holidays we offer tours of an authentic drift mine. Mine tours run on the hour from 11am until the last tour at 3pm. Tours cost £6 for adults and £4 for children (over 5 only) and senior citizens. Group bookings may also be made for schools and organisations etc. Please enquire via our website or at our Reception Desk. Our museum is also open at weekends and Bank holidays, plus several week days. There you can learn about the industries and history of Apedale and the local area. There will usually be a guide on hand who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. There are several quiz sheets for children of all ages to have fun discovering the artifacts and information in the museum. These are sited on a table in the Roman section and available free of charge. Entry to the museum is free, although we'd appreciate it if you dropped a donation in our red box! The cafe is open every day, so even if you are just passing, you can come in for a cuppa [and a warm!] or to try some North Staffordshire Oatcakes, a speciality of the Potteries. We look forward to seeing you and/or your family and friends soon!

Reviewed By Stephen_Lloyd - London, United Kingdom

Sometimes you get lucky and just stumble into something really nice. Visiting friends in Newcastle-under-Lyme we all opted to go to Apedale for a walk to work off a good breakfast. Despite having lived in the potteries for 6 years some time ago as a student and fist job I’ve not heard of the park. We parked and saw the Heritage Centre and just walked in for quick look. We stayed, and will go back. Just pure luck.
We were greeted by Tony, who turned out to be key in the history section of the area, colliery and even Roman settlement. We walked around the free (but worth paying for) exhibition on the colliery, Chesterton and life from the 1930s in that he was clearly part of putting together. It helped make it personal and the four of us was fascinated by the content. Having a soft spot for the area helped but the warmth and detail it gives for mining, North Staffordshire, the era was completely unexpected. A really nice way to spend some time and learn about time gone by.
There’s also a trip down into the mine available, which we plan to go back for and do. Combined with nature walks in the surrounding park it really is a great addition to the area. Someone else has written here about seeing it while it is still there, I could not agree with them more.

2. Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

Middleport Pottery Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
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4.5 based on 405 reviews

Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

Middleport Pottery Home of Burleigh is a unique visitor attraction. We are open to the public and have a whole host of things to see and do. -Burleigh Factory Shop Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm/Sun 10am-4pm -Middleport Visitor Centre Open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm -Cafe Open Mon-Sun 9am-4pm (Service ends at 3.30pm) -Factory Tours Tues-Thurs at 11am and 2pm, and Fri at 10.30am (all guided tours must be pre-booked) On arriving at the visitor centre reception situated in the old lodge you can collect a map designed to guide you through areas of the factory that bring to life the history of the building and the people behind the pottery itself. Enjoy tea and cake on the canal side in the cafe. Understand the whole production process on one of the pre-booked guided tours. Then finish the day off with a visit to the Burleigh factory shop, where we have a wide range of handcrafted pottery. The Prince's Regeneration Trust raised £8.5 million to purchase the Middleport Pottery site and to carry out restoration work which prevented existing jobs and skills from being lost from the area and will ensure the future of this unique site. The funding came from a range of sources including the Regional Growth Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and European Regional Development Fund as well as from private donors, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been a key partner in the project. Middleport Pottery continues to be the 'Home of Burleigh'; the pottery business which occupies approximately half the site. Burleigh is now owned by Denby Holdings and they continue to produce beautiful ware in the building which has been their home since it was built in 1888. Opened in 2014 Middleport Pottery features a visitor's centre, Tearoom, Middleport Studios, Burleigh Factory Shop, Exhibitions and fully restored Steam Engine.

Reviewed By John2144 - Stafford, England, United Kingdom

Having visited other similar attractions I was dubious about this one but I was wrong.From start to finish the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, they made sure that we were informed at every juncture. We took a short tour with Phil who really knew his stuff and in addition had researched much more beside. We had a really 3njoyable and informative visit, the bottle kiln is unmissable. The small cafe/restaurant was also staffed with friendly potters,the food was good and not overpriced. We shall no doubt doubt visit again..

3. Keele Hall

Keele University, Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 5BG, England +44 1782 732020
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4 based on 50 reviews

Keele Hall

Reviewed By ckmerrick6 - Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

The grounds of Keele Hall and the building itself are stunning, and many hours can easily be spent whiled away here. Additionally, entry to these areas is free of charge, and can be enjoyed at almost any time throughout the year. However, the dinner functions hosted at Keele Hall are typically quite poor. Having attended several events here, it seems to be consistently disorganised and overpriced. The quality of the food is also fairly average, with vegetarian options being scarce and bland. I would recommend going for the building and surroundings, but nothing more. It is a great shame as there is so much potential here.

4. Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens Stone Road | Trentham Estate, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG, England +44 1782 646646
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Trentham Gardens

The Trentham Estate is home to the award-winning Trentham Gardens featuring The Italian Garden by Tom Stuart-Smith, and the Floral Labyrinth and Rivers of Grass by Piet Oudolf and vast wildflower and woodland meadow plantings by Nigel Dunnett. A fascinating wire fairy sculpture trail, fab childrens adventure playground with the UK's first barefoot walk, a family-friendly maze, mile-long Capability Brown lake with seasonal boat and train trips. Trentham Monkey Forest and Trentham Shopping Village with 50 shops and 14 cafes and restaurants can also be found at The Trentham Estate. You'll find something for everyone here.

Reviewed By Jenny C - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Living near to Trentham Gardens, I visit here on a regular basis. Usually I meet up with friends and spend a few hours eating, drinking and chatting. This year I have decided to get an Annual Pass and visit the Gardens throughout the year. The walk around the lake is lovely - paths are wide with plenty of room for people to pass. There is so much to see at every turn - the lake, the wildlife, the miniature train, the boat trip, the sculptures and other people enjoying their day out. After you have walked around the lake, you can explore the Italian Gardens - I am looking forward to see the changes throughout the year. There are plenty of places to eat or if you prefer, take a picnic. I am looking forward to the next year . Make sure you come and visit - you will not regret it.

5. Gladstone Pottery Museum

26 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ, England +44 1782 237777
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5 based on 743 reviews

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world's finest bone China. Traditional skills, original workshops, and the cobbled yard and huge bottle ovens transport visitors back in time. Visit the gift shop and tea room and have a go at throwing a pot, making a bone China flower or decorating pottery. Please allow two to three hours for your visit. The shop and cafe, which serves a selction of drinks and light lunches, are open to non-museum visitors.

Reviewed By Lara W - Luton, United Kingdom

Average place, very dated in some places but well maintained and lots to see, very reminiscent of school trips and there's lots of hands on stuff for kids.Thank you for your review, we do get a lot of school trips visiting the museum - around a third of our visitors, with the other two thirds being casual visitors and coach trips.

6. World of Wedgwood

Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9ER, England +44 1782 282986
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4.5 based on 726 reviews

World of Wedgwood

Visit World of Wedgwood to experience the Wedgwood Brand. Our aim is to bring the history and heritage of Wedgwood to our visitors in a genuinely inspiring, sophisticated and elegant way. Featuring a V&A museum collection, factory tour, contemporary tea room, restaurant and the Wedgwood Flagship retail store, the World of Wedgwood is an opportunity to 'learn by doing', to shop, eat and explore... Open daily 10am - 5pm. Factory Tours, Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm last entry 3pm. Check our website for full details. Free museum entry, free factory tours for under 12’s, free parking. Plus, the World of Wedgwood Artisan Market, with over 40 stalls on the second Sunday of the month February – December and special events and demonstrations throughout the year.

Reviewed By jeremy_hartigan - Chester, United Kingdom

Margaret and I once again spent a inspirational afternoon at the world of Wedgwood
Afternoon tea at this place is not only one of the north west’s highlights but one of the best in the worlds
Surrounded by the breathtaking Wedgewood designs a few hours here improves the soul
Highly recommended

7. New Vic Theatre

Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 0JG, England +44 1782 717962
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4.5 based on 225 reviews

New Vic Theatre

Reviewed By Bunterjuice

We are New Vic regulars and thoroughly enjoyed our annual visit to the Christmas show, this year ‘Treasure Island’.
It was fast moving,
entertaining and spectacular. To the person who gave it one star because it lacked jokes, I would emphasise that it is not intended to be a pantomime. It is a play for all ages.
My eight year old granddaughter went with her school class and her verdict was ‘exotic’! She and her classmates thoroughly enjoyed it.

8. Aerial Extreme Staffordshire

The South Entrance | The Trentham Estate, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9HR, England +44 845 652 1736
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Aerial Extreme Staffordshire

Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses, boasting over 30 exciting obstacles. Amaze yourself as you take each of the challenges head on, from rope Bridges, mid air jumps, suspended gravity defying climbing walls, and much more. The outdoors has never been this much fun. No experience or skill is required, just a sense of adventure.

Reviewed By GaryMBR - Cannock, United Kingdom

Booked for a Bank Holiday for my 10 year old boy and my partner. After seeing positive reviews, and being a regular at Go-Ape (Cannock Chase), was expecting a similar experience.
Upon arrival, staff were friendly, but only on-site toilet was a chemical toilet cubicle at back of the hut, not pleasant. Safety briefing was fine, albeit banter between the staff was a bit distracting, although well meant.
Main issue - the practise area is challenging, but the problem is the lack of pulley mechanism on the safety rope. The rope just has a 'sled' that runs over the steel cables, which with friction and inevitable bend in the steel cables, causes it to frequently stick, pulling you back. The system at Go-Ape has a proper wheeled pulley, that does not bind or stick. Subsequently, you were constantly dragged back, and had to use real force to move the sled along. My partner and Son in paricular really struggled, as did other younger participants in our group. My Son has done the higher up Go-Ape course a few times, and never struggled. We actually quit after the practise loop, as my Son was so frustrated at the effort required just to pull the sled along.
As such, money wasted. I would suggest one for older kids only, and would recommend the Go-Ape course at nearby Cannock Chase (junior and full courses, much better facilities with toilets, cafe' etc) as a much more enjoyable and better presented option.
*Note, I do not work at Go-Ape or have any affiliation with the company, but it is a good comparison to use).

9. Brampton Museum

Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 0QP, England +44 1782 619705
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Brampton Museum

Reviewed By markdoran2 - Coventry, United Kingdom

Has a good collection of vintage toys. We liked seeing the things you got in an old childrens chemistry set. The kids liked pretending to be tv presenters with a puppet.Glad you enjoyed it - we are a great place to bring children during the school holidays!

10. The Hopwater Cellar

2 Bridge Street | Newcastle under Lyme, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 2RY, England +44 1782 713311
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5 based on 35 reviews

The Hopwater Cellar

Independently owned bottle shop and bar. Specialising in over 400 bottled beer and cider, available to drink on site or off site. Plus one traditional cask ale, two keg beers and a selection of malt whisky's. Bottled wine and prosecco also available. Dogs welcome!

Reviewed By catherinesX223EU - Manchester, United Kingdom

This is a great idea. Beers from all over the world kept everyone happy. We had great fun selecting beers to try. I'd like an increase in ciders on offer; all of my friends love beer except me ;( the selection they've got is good though limited. Hundreds of different beers to keep a beer drinker happy for a long time!

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