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Things to see and do in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme

Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre

Dating back to 1173, Newcastle’s traditional market is the heart of the town. Open six days a week, there are over 60 stalls on this open-air market. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays is an attractive general market, Tuesdays a very popular antiques market and Thursdays are dedicated to bric-a-brac. Plus on the third Friday of every month there is a Farmers' Market bringing you a wide range of fresh local produce.

Explore the fascinating history of the town centre and its surroundings. There are two heritage trail leaflets currently available. The first guides you on a 45min stroll round the town centre taking in the market, and sites of two former coaching inns amongst other hidden gems. The second is a slightly longer trail which features points of interest on the edge of town including the first animal infirmary in the UK and the Victorian barracks, now the site of a number of artisan businesses.. Download the leaflet or pick up a copy from the Guildhall in the town centre or the library in the Ironmarket.

A short stroll from the town centre takes you to the site of the motte and bailey castle that gave the town its name. A viewing platform and interpretation panels give you a flavour of what the castle would have looked like in its hey day.

Download the Town Centre Walk guide (PDF 1.3Mb)

Download the Out of Town Walk guide (PDF 2Mb)

New Vic Theatre

Europe’s first purpose-built, award winning ‘theatre in the round’ is just outside the town centre and offers a full programme of entertainment, whether modern or classic plays or impressive concert performances. 

Borough Museum and Art Gallery

Set in eight acres of parkland, the Museum houses a wonderful collection of items. It has superb displays depicting the civic history of the Borough of Newcastle under Lyme and an authentic, life size Victorian street-scene.

The exhibition galleries host work by local and national artists as well as ‘travelling’ exhibitions.

The Museum and Art Gallery website

Apedale Heritage Centre

Discover the lost industrial heritage of the Apedale Valley and the history of the surrounding area when you visit The Apedale Community Country Park. Visit the museum to learn about the local industries and history and see the story of Apedale brought to life by 'hands on' exhibits as well as a selection of interesting displays and artefacts in the museum. At weekends and Bank Holidays take an exciting underground tour of an authentic drift mine. The café is open every day so even if you are just passing you can drop in for a cuppa or to try some North Staffordshire Oatcakes, a speciality of the Potteries.

Apedale Valley Light Railway

Young and old will enjoy a great value trip on an historic narrow gauge steam or diesel train alongside the Apedale Community Country Park during summer months. Special events throughout the season including Santa specials.

Dorothy Clive Garden

This gem of an eight-acre garden presents a breathtaking display of changing colours from spring through to autumn. Take a refreshing stroll through the marvellous grounds and enjoy homemade snacks and cakes in the tea room, which overlooks three counties. 

Harecastle Tunnels

The two Harecastle Tunnels by James Brindley and Thomas Telford are on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Kidsgrove. Telford’s later tunnel is still in use and this stretch of canal forms part of the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk, popular with boaters, walkers and cyclists. 

Whitmore Hall

In Whitmore Village, five miles outside Newcastle town centre and mentioned in the Domesday Book, you will find Whitmore Hall. In the same family for over 900 years, descendants of the Normans, the house is a fine example of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. One of its outstanding features is the extremely rare example of a late Elizabethan stable block. The hall is located in the delightful Whitmore village which also has a 16th century coaching inn and beautiful church 

Audley Climbing Centre

Whether you are a beginner or advanced climber you can climb all year round in North Staffordshire at the Audley climbing wall. Kids club, birthday parties and groups welcome. Courses and instructed sessions for beginners. Refreshments and shop on site. Free Parking

Around Newcastle-under-Lyme

There is much to see and do just a short drive or bus ride from Newcastle-under-Lyme. Details of the major attractions in Staffordshire can be found on the Enjoy Staffordshire website - and while you are browsing the site, order an Enjoy Staffordshire card which gives you discounts at shops, attractions and eateries throughout the county.

Thrill Seekers

Check out the world famous Alton Towers theme park, Drayton Manor theme park and zoo and Aerial Extreme high ropes course on the Trentham Estate to name a few.

Beautiful Gardens

As well as the Dorothy Clive Gardens in Newcastle-under-Lyme, garden lovers have plenty of choice including the beautifully restored Italian gardens at the Trentham Estate and the National Trust's Biddulph Grange.

The Potteries

Stoke-on-Trent is rightly known as 'the Potteries' being the birthplace of some of the best known brands in the world. Find out more about the fascinating heritage of pottery manufacture, take a factory tour, buy an original piece or bag a bargain from the factory shops.

Well worth a visit is the award winning Wedgwood Visitor Centre, the fascinating Gladstone Pottery Museum complete with iconic 'bottle ovens' or the Emma Bridgewater factory where you can take a tour of a working Victorian pottery factory or even decorate your own masterpiece.

Other attractions

There is plenty to see and do for all ages and tastes in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough from splashing about in the Waterworld aqua theme park to experiencing a 'steam day' at Etruria Industrial Museum, or maybe a visit to the Monkey Forest  to get up close and personal with 140 Barbary macaques apes living in total freedom.

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