A landlocked county in the West Midlands, Staffordshire is surrounded by Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Not only does this mean that there’s plenty of places to explore but it’s also incredibly easy to get to for young families, couples and individuals.
Spend your days exploring the countryside, head into one of the nearby cities or sit back and relax while tasting some of the local delicacies. Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, Staffordshire is sure to impress. As will our range of luxury holiday cottages and log cabins. Choose from dog-friendly, family-friendly or group getaway cottages, each boasting a range of amenities and a few luxuries - like hot tubs. We can even find you luxury cottages near Alton Towers if the area’s huge theme park is on your agenda.
Book through us and you can be confident that you’re getting the best deal on your holiday too. We also have lots of last-minute offers to tempt you. Our team is also always on hand to answer any questions and advise on some of the best places to go and things to see. It’s this level of service that means many of our customers return, time and time again. So, why not see what all the fuss is about?
From vibrant cities to quiet rural locations, these are the most popular destinations in Staffordshire and the surrounding areas.
Best for: A traditional British break
Known as the Queen of the Staffordshire Moorlands, the market town of Leek has a long and colourful history. Formerly a textile town, today it still retains a lot of its heritage so if you've got time, a history lesson should definitely be on your list. It’s also got a fantastic selection of cafes, restaurants and shops to keep you busy.
Best for: Exploring Staffordshire as a whole
The market town of Stafford is ideally located to Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham, making it a great base for your holiday. It’s slightly bigger than some of the other towns around and its events calendar always has a market, festival or performance going on. Cannock Chase is close by too which makes for a great day in the country.
Best for: Getting out in the great outdoors
A holiday in Staffordshire isn’t really complete without a trip to the Peak District National Park. And, whether you want to explore on foot, on the water or simply see what the foodie scene has on offer, you won’t go bored. It’s also a fantastic place to bring your dogs along as many of the walking routes and pubs are pet-friendly.
Best for: Something a little bigger
The city of Stoke-on-Trent offers everything you could want from a UK city - a fantastic history, lots of things to do and see, plenty of restaurants and a range of shops. Known as the Potteries, it was here that the majority of pottery was made. And today, it still has a vibrant and cultural arts scene.
Best for: A variety of activities
Known for its Castle and Moat House, Tamworth is a large market town in Staffordshire. Home to plenty of shops, a huge snowdome and lots of bars and restaurants, it’s a great place to explore. It’s also close to Birmingham and Warwickshire if you did want to venture slightly further afield.
From town strolls to countryside exploration, there’s all manner of walks in Staffordshire.
Walk length: Five and a half miles
The Longsdon Walk Canal Feeder is a looped trail in Leek that is suitable for all walking abilities. Starting at King Street, you’ll head along Staffordshire Way up to Longsdon Walk Canal Feeder and to Ladderedge Country Park. It’s a great one to enjoy with your four-legged friends and they can even roam off in front without being on a lead.
Walk length: Six miles
In our opinion, the best kind of walk is one that encompasses a pub pit stop. And Dog and Doublet Sandon Park and Canal Walk is a looped trail that centers on the Dog and Doublet in Sandon - a stylish gastropub. Popular with runners, walkers, hikers and bird watchers, it’s a pretty route that offers views of the parkland and lakes.
Location: Peak District, Staffordshire
Walk length: Four miles
Dragon’s Back Walk takes you through the Peak District in Staffordshire, along hilltop paths, green field tracks and beautiful country lanes. There are a few gates and steep ascents to face though so it’s not suitable for all walking abilities. Dogs are allowed but be sure to have them under control when going through any fields with livestock.
Walk length: Ten miles
Stoke-on-Trent Circular is a moderate route that takes you through the city of Stoke and its parks, as well as its canals and greenway links. Rated as moderate, it’s not suitable for all walking abilities but there are plenty of pit stops along the way for you to take a break in.
Walk length: Four miles
Tamworth Town walk allows you to explore everything that this market town boasts. While the route is relatively flat and sticks to pavement, there is one section which heads through a nature reserve via an unsurfaced path - meaning it’s not suitable for everyone. The best bit about it? The cafes and restaurants you’ll pass in Tamworth.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic break or want to keep the kids entertained, you won’t be disappointed in Staffordshire.
Best for: A fun day out for all the family
Situated in over 500 acres of Staffordshire countryside lies Alton Towers - a theme park and adventure world for all ages. Let your hair down on the scarily high rollercoaster, prepare to get wet on the water rides and don’t forget to take a break at one of the many food bars. Drayton Manor is also close by too.
Best for: Taking in the natural beauty
Days out in Staffordshire don’t always need to be full on. Take a few hours to yourself and explore the award-winning and beautiful landscaped gardens at Biddulph Grange. While it might have Victorian designs, it’s quirky, colourful and adventurous. Plus, there’s usually family-friendly activities going on too.
Best for: Challenging yourself
Set in the Staffordshire Peak District is The Roaches, a large rocky ridge that looks out over Leek. Rising steeply to over 500 metres, it might be tough to get up to it but it’s definitely worth it. Plus, when you do get to the top, you’ll see for miles and truly understand just why these areas of outstanding natural beauty are so popular.
Best for: A variety of activities
Trentham Estate can be found close to Stoke-on-Trent and has something for everyone. Explore the gardens, indulge at the shopping village, let out a scream on the treetop adventure and discover the monkey forest. The on-site cafe also means you can make a full day of it before heading back to your holiday accommodation.
Best for: A unique and fun experience
SnowDome in Tamworth was actually the first real snow indoor skiing venue in the UK so it’s definitely worth paying a visit. Ski, snowboard and even ice skate. If you prefer to stay away from ice, there’s a cafe, gym, swimming pool and spa to try out too. All ages can take part making it a great family day out.