Shared Ownership in Staffordshire
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Located in the West Midlands, Staffordshire is a fusion of old and new, where bustling, historic towns and rolling English countryside are juxtaposed with world-class theme parks and a wealth of shopping and entertainment possibilities. It’s little wonder so many people wish to live in this unique county, with its wide choice of affordable Shared Ownership homes.
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It’s peppered with historic towns like Stoke-on-Trent, Burton upon Trent, and the cathedral city of Lichfield, all of which also offer excellent cultural, retail and entertainment options, as well as vibrant communities that make living life here a pleasure. Add fabulous countryside and world class attractions, and you have a very special county indeed.
Settlements in Staffordshire are generally on the smaller side, which contributes to a more laid-back way of life in the county. However, larger cities are close at hand, with Birmingham and Manchester both an hour away by train from Stoke-on-Trent, opening up a huge array of work and educational opportunities. Liverpool is just over an hour away by road and 1 hour 30 minutes by rail.
In terms of the educational landscape, Staffordshire University, a public research university, dominates. It operates a main campus in Stoke-on-Trent, with campuses in Stafford, Lichfield and Shrewsbury. However, with excellent road and rail links, many of the county’s younger residents study in the universities of Birmingham and Manchester.
And when it comes to recreation, few English counties have quite the breadth and depth of attractions boasted by Staffordshire. It has no fewer than two theme parks – Alton Towers and Drayton Manor (and that’s if you don’t include Alton Towers Waterpark as a separate establishment!) – plus many other unique places such as Trentham Monkey Forest – where barbary macaques roam free in 60 acres of peaceful Staffordshire woodland.
History buffs won’t be disappointed, either. From the grandeur of Lichfield Cathedral to the Staffordshire Hoard – the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found, and the county’s rich pottery heritage, Staffordshire’s history spans many centuries.
And when it comes to relaxing and regenerating in nature, Staffordshire excels once again. There’s the Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Cannock Chase Forest; the Follow the Dog Trail Mountain bike route; Chasewater Country Park; The Trentham Estate Garden; Tamworth Castle & Pleasure Grounds; and Westport Lake Visitor Centre – to name a few.
Staffordshire boasts many places to visit and attractions to enjoy. Here are a few of our favourites.
Nowhere else in the UK will you find such a place: 60 acres of picturesque English woodland occupied by more than 140 barbary macaques. A thrilling day out for the entire family, Trentham Monkey Forest enjoys a better overall rating on TripAdvisor than either of the two main theme parks – or the Snowdome!
Billed as the ultimate snow-and-ice leisure experience, the Snowdome is Britain’s leading real snow centre. Boasting a 170m main slope and many learning slopes, the Snowdome is a great way to learn skiing or snowboarding before spending money on a ski trip overseas. It’s also just a lot of fun in itself, and has inspired many Staffordshire residents to take up winter sports.
Set across 500 acres of idyllic English countryside, Alton Towers is the UK’s biggest theme park. Millions flock here every year to enjoy favourites such as X-Sector, Forbidden Valley, Dark Forest, Gloomy Wood, Katanga Canyon and last but not least, Cbeebies Land.
Whatever the weather, Alton Towers Waterpark is a fun day out for all the family. With a plethora of rides for every age group, it has become one of the UK’s leading waterpark resorts. The park features lazy rivers, ‘bubbly wubbly’ pools and crazy cannons, plus the epic Master Blaster water roller coaster!
Explore a fully intact Norman motte and bailey castle at Tamworth. Inside you’ll see Tudor and Stuart chambers, as well as the Medieval Great Hall. It also features a fantastic Anglo-Saxon exhibition, telling the story of Mercia.
Arguably the finest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found, the Staffordshire Hoard is housed in The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Here you’ll also find more archeology, ceramics, fine and decorative arts and social history.
Home to almost 900,000 people, the county of Staffordshire has a wide choice of schools, as well as excellent transport links into Birmingham and Manchester (and their respective airports), plus good access to state and private healthcare.
There are 414 primary schools and 130 secondary schools in Staffordshire, plus another 88 establishments for 16-18 year olds. This gives families and carers a good level of choice as regards the education of children in their care.
Located near the heart of England, Staffordshire is criss-crossed by many roads, providing excellent access to Birmingham (M6) and Manchester (A556), as well as Derby and Nottingham (A50). Rail links make it possible to reach both Birmingham and Manchester in about an hour. In addition, the airports of Birmingham, Manchester and the East Midlands make international travel convenient.
Staffordshire residents are served by a number of NHS hospitals, including Royal Stoke Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent and St George's Hospital in Stafford. Private options include Rowley Hospital, a Nuffied health hospital, and Beacon Park Hospital. The county has the usual provision of GP's surgeries and pharmacies that you would expect.