“She was a day tripper, Sunday driver, yeah.” - John Lennon / Paul Mccartney
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Stoke-on-Trent has a prime geographical location. In fact, it's one of the most well-connected cities in the entire country.
If you're a landlord, Stoke-on-Trent's prime geographical location makes it a huge selling point for families and young professionals. And if you're a tenant looking to rent a quality home in a quality location that’s accessible to some of the country’s most exciting and iconic spots, you’re in luck.
That said, here are some tip-top day trips you can enjoy from good old Stoke-on-Trent.
Just over an hour's drive from The Potteries, Bakewell is an idyllic Derbyshire village that is famous for the delicious cake (well, tart) we all know and love.
Not only is Bakewell compact and easy to navigate but it is brimming with olden day charm, and if you're looking for a relaxing stroll coupled with a spot of independent shopping and a satisfying lunch, you can't go wrong.
Tucked away in the rolling Staffordshire Moorlands just a stone's throw from Leek, Rudyard Lake is a real gem of a place.
This secluded and majestic two and a half mile lake was developed in 1799 to feed the Caldon Canal - and not many people know this, but this is the location from which author Rudyard Kipling chose his pen name.
Not only does this make one wonderful walk, but there's a miniature railway for the kids, as well as boating, sailing fishing and more.
Should you feel a little thirsty afterwards, head on over to Leek to enjoy the highlights of its famous ale trail.
If you're a fan of the mop-headed quartet known as The Beatles (ever heard of them?), Liverpool makes for a convenient and fun-filled day out Mersey style.
It takes around one hour and 20 minutes to reach Liverpool by car and when you’re in the midst of the city centre, the fun is endless. Explore the majesty of the Albert Docks, embark on a magical mystery tour with The Beatles Story, head to the melodic depths of the Cavern Club, shop ‘til you drop at Liverpool One and grab a bite at the city’s seemingly endless selection of eateries. The choice is yours.
Around 50 miles north of Stoke-on-Trent stands the mighty Manchester. It's possible to reach this exciting Northern metropolis in just over an hour by car or in a mere 38 minutes by the frequent Virgin Pendolino service.
The shopping in Manchester is impressive, from the quirky stalls of Afflecks Palace right the way to colossal high street favourites including Zara and Urban Outfitters; there is no end of things to do (Science & Industry Museum or Football Museum, anyone?) and for foodies, the new and innovative Mackie Mayor food court is mind-blowing.
In addition to these top class locations, both Nottingham and Birmingham make amazing day trips from Stoke-on-Trent and believe it or not, if you get a decent advance Virgin train deal (from Stoke-on-Trent to Euston), you can get to London and back with ease, with connections that are just an hour and 40 minutes each way.
To summarise: not only is Stoke-on-Trent in the midst of a hugely positive cultural overhaul and the UK's number one buy-to-let property hotspot, but you can also enjoy a host of incredible day trips any day of the week - and that is worth its weight in gold. Enjoy!