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The busy market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire (not to be confused with the city of Newcastle upon Tyne) lies to the west of Stoke on Trent.

When the city of Stoke on Trent was created in 1910 by the amalgamation of the 'Six Towns' (Stoke upon Trent, Burslem, Hanley, Fenton, Longton and Tunstall), Newcastle was not included despite its close proximity.

Known to many locals as 'Castle', the suburbs of Newcastle under Lyme, run directly into those of Stoke on Trent and the conurbation now has a population of over 360,000.

Newcastle takes its name from a 'new castle' built by the Normans in the 12th century under the forest of Lyme. Newcastle was granted permission to hold a market in 1173. In the 17th and 18th century the market town flourished manufacturing hats.

Later Newcastle's economy became based around pottery and coal mining and like neighbouring Stoke on Trent, the town formed part of the area known as 'The Potteries'.

These traditional industries have declined recently and have been replaced by new industries such as construction materials, electric motors, publishing and computers.

Today the open air market is still an important part of life in the town, operating 6 days a week.

There a number of tourist attractions in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme, includung the Newcastle Borough Museum and Art Gallery.

Just outside the town centre is the New Vic Theatre.

To the west of the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme stands Keele University. Granted University status in 1962, the Keele University campus is located close to the village of Keele.

Newcastle is the home of 'Primitive Methodism' and this is reflected in the large number of Methodist churches in the town. The Venerable Hugh Bourne (1772 - 1852), the founder of the Primitive Methodism Movement, had close links with the town.

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Tourist Attractions in and near Newcastle-under-Lyme to Visit



Waterworld 1.6 miles Have some fun at this themed pool.

Stoke Ski Centre 1.7 miles Have some fun on the slopes.



Newcastle Borough Museum & Art Gallery Find out about the history of the local area.

Etruria Industrial Museum 1.6 miles A chance to see the industrial heritage of the Potteries in action.

Spode Works Visitor Centre 1.8 miles See some of the huge collection relating to Spode.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery 2.2 miles Take at look at the ceramics and pictures.


Out & About

Portmeirion Potteries 1.8 miles Visit the shop here to see the Portmeirion products.

Trent Festival Park 1.9 miles Take a stroll around this park.


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

New Vic Theatre Enjoy a night out at this theatre.

Staffordshire University Film Theatre 1.9 miles The ideal place to see independant films.

Mitchell Arts Centre 2.1 miles Take in a performance during your time here.

Regent Theatre 2.3 miles Have a good night out seeing one of the wide variety of performances.

Towns Near Newcastle-under-Lyme To Visit - straight line distance:

Stoke-on-Trent (2.31 miles) Kidsgrove (5.06 miles) Alsager (6.70 miles) Biddulph (7.61 miles)
How to get to Newcastle-under-Lyme
Newcastle-under-Lyme, just west of Stoke-on-Trent, M6 Junction 15. From Stone A34 north

Newcastle-under-Lyme Tourist Information Centre

  • Newcastle Library
    ST5 1RF
    Tel: 01782 297313
Great National Newcastle-under-Lyme
Clayton Rd, Clayton Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 4AF

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Premier Inn Newcastle Under Lyme
Talke Road Chesterton Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 7AL

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Borough Arms Hotel
26 King Street Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1HX

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Holiday Inn Stoke on Trent
M6 Junct 15, Clayton Road, Clayton Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 4DL

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Slaters Country Inn
Stone Road Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 5ED

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Travelodge Newcastle-under-Lyme Central
Lower Street Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 2RN

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