Adventures around Stoke-on-Trentwith PlusBus

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Explore Stoke-on-Trent and its surroundings by bus. The city is a union of six towns. Hanley is home to Stoke's cultural quarter and the Potteries Museum with its Anglo Saxon treasure and Staffordshire ceramics while the railway station is in neighbouring Stoke-on-Trent, the town which gives the city its name. You can reach surrounding towns too, like Newcastle-under-Lyme or Biddulph, and it's easy to find countryside here too. There are some great things to see near the city: a forest full of free-roaming monkeys and a Victorian garden full of unexpected corners... Just add PlusBus to your train ticket for unlimited bus travel in the area all day.

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  • Great for: animals | arts | ceramics | culture | gardens | industrial heritage |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Biddulph Grange Gardens

    Victorian gardener James Bateman moved to Biddulph Grange in 1840 and developed the gardens there with his wife Maria. Plants from around the world thrive in this maze of spaces, complete with topiary pyramids, sphinx-flanked summerhouse, Chinese pagoda and Himalayan glen. An ingenious system of tunnels, bridges and terraces means Biddulph Grange Garden feels even bigger than it is.

    • There is a riotous rainbow of rhododendrons in spring, summer bedding displays, and a late summer Dahlia Walk that flowers on into golden autumn. Don’t miss the Geological Gallery with its (mostly replica) fossils and walls of stratified rock.
    • How do I get to Biddulph Grange Garden by bus? Yellow bus 9 runs frequently from Stoke-on-Trent railway station and Hanley bus station to Biddulph High Street. It doesn’t run on Sundays, but bus 7A, which also goes from Hanley to Biddulph runs regularly on Sundays.
    • The bus ride takes about 40 minutes and there are some good glimpses of the surrounding countryside as you approach Biddulph. This is a good area for walks too, including rambles through the country park just beyond the grange, once part of the wider estate.
    • To visit Biddulph Grange Gardens, you walk straight up Biddulph’s cheerful High Street, lined with independent shops and cafes. Keep going for a mile along the pavement of Congleton Road, past the Grange Fish Bar and St Lawrence’s church. Just past the church, turn right into Grange Road and the entrance to Biddulph Grange Garden is on the right. If this sounds too far, bus 94 from Biddulph High Street runs hourly on weekdays and stops at Grange Road. There is a cycleway running parallel with the main road that provides a quieter, but longer walking route.