Living in Longton
The majority of Longton sits in a well-protected Conservation Area, so some fabulous period properties and truly beautiful Edwardian buildings still remain.
Even the town’s shops are of strong historic interest, with pretty shop fronts and elegant first and second floor facades.
Conveniently situated, Longton is well served by railway and bus stations, making the area an excellent base for commuting in all directions. And as Longton is affordable, residents find their budget goes much further.
Longton, one of the most southern districts of Stoke-on-Trent, has a long history as the centre of a thriving pottery industry. Indeed, the Longton potteries are still alive today, with small pottery enterprises and craft workshops scattered around the pretty town. Longton is also home to the Gladstone Pottery Museum, which offers world-renowned visitor tours and hosts pottery-related events throughout the year.
Shopping in Longton
Longton offers a wide variety of independent retail businesses and larger chain stores situated in The Strand, Longton’s main shopping street, and in the Market Street pedestrianised precinct. Longton indoor market also provides a more traditional retail experience boasting 83 stalls, and there is a large retail park where you will find Tesco, Argos, Next, Currys PC World, Smyths Toys and Pets at Home.
Food and Leisure
Longton has some wonderful places to eat and drink. Visit The Glost House bar and café in the original Phoenix Works pottery for simple yet tasty breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea, or the Lightwood Tavern for pub food, drink and live music. Or have a go at throwing a pot or making a clay flower at the Gladstone Pottery Museum before sampling delicious teacakes in their café.
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The most popular areas of Longton features a choice of properties - from terraced, semi-detached and detached houses of all sizes to a range of flats and apartments. Longton is also a worthwhile area for investors, with a strong demand from the rental market and some excellent yields. The southern side of the town with its proximity to Longton Park and a wealth of 3-bedroom homes is ideal for families.
Longton offers several good primary schools such as Gladstone Primary and Sandford Hill. Among the four higher education institutions in the local area are St Thomas More Catholic Academy and Sandon Business and Enterprise College, as well as Abbey Hill School and Performing Arts College. Stoke-on-Trent is also home to the prestigious Staffordshire University.
Travel from Longton
Longton has first-class travel connections, making it suitable for commuters wanting to access Derby, Manchester and Birmingham. Links to the national road network are provided by the A500 onto the nearby M6 motorway at Junctions 15 and 16, and by the A50 giving an east-west link between the M6 and M1. Longton has a train station on the Crewe to Derby line and a central bus station serving a wide area.
Longton parks and culture
Longton Park, also known as Queen's Park, is famous for its trees, horticulture and lakes. Locals love it for the distinctive character buildings it is home to, such as the clock tower and three bowling pavilions. Longton also boasts a large modern library in an attractive Grade II listed building. The nearby Potteries Museum and Art Gallery depicts local history through imaginative displays.