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About Stoke On Trent
Stoke-on-Trent, often referred to as just Stoke, is a city in Staffordshire in England. The city lies approximately midway between Manchester and Birmingham. The Peak District lies to the east of the city. The city is regarded as the home of the pottery industry in England and as a result is also sometimes called the Potteries. The city's association with pottery began in the 17th century and has world famous companies such as Royal Doulton, Dudson Ltd, Spode, Wedgwood, Minton and Baker & Co. The city has also thrived in the past on the back of coal mining and steel production.
Visitors to Stoke-on-Trent can enjoy many attractions including the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the Eturia Industrial Museum and the Gladstone Pottery Museum. For visitors looking for a more thrill-seeking experience, the Alton Towers Resort is roughly 10 miles from the city and is in itself one of the United Kingdom's best known, and most visited, attractions.
The main shopping centre is the Potteries Shopping Centre in Hanley which includes department stores, many high street national chain stores and some independent stores.
Stoke-on-Trent railway station is a mainline station on the Stafford-Manchester Line (part of the West Coast Main Line between Manchester and London) and the Crewe-Derby Line.
Located in the coast in South Wales, the city of Swansea lies on the Gower Peninsular and is the second largest city in Wales. Getting around the city and beyond to the Gower Peninsular is relatively straight forward. Bus services are operated by First Cymru and Veolia operate frequent services with all services departing from the city's bus station. There are also connection services to and from Swansea railway station.
Located on the quayside of Swansea Marina, originally the South Dock of 1859, the National Waterfront Museum stands in the former commercial heart of one of Wales's foremost industrial towns. There are 15 themed galleries each telling a different aspect of this crucial period in Welsh history using a mix of touch screen technology and real objects, enabling visitors to be in charge of tracing their own experience of the fascinating, and still evolving, story of industrial Wales.
Swansea Bay has a five mile sweep of coastline which features a beach, promenade, children's lido, leisure pool, marina and maritime quarter containing the Swansea Museum. Also in this area is the Dylan Thomas Centre which celebrates the life and work of the author.