Full width project banner image

Hanley Area Guide

Living in Hanley

As the main commercial and shopping centre of Stoke-on-Trent, Hanley has undergone enormous regeneration and redevelopment over recent years and the area is now home to extensive leisure offerings as well as the theatres, museums and galleries of ‘The Cultural Quarter’.

Hanley therefore offers the best of both worlds to its residents - everything you would expect to find in a busy, vibrant metropolitan city, but with the added bonus of truly breathtaking Staffordshire countryside on your doorstep.

Cultural Pursuits

Travel back in time at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, home to the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics, a World War II Spitfire, superb works of art (including pieces by Picasso, Durer and Degas) and natural history packaged up in a gorgeous secret garden. The Potteries development also includes a nine-screen multiplex cinema as well as seven restaurants, and the town has several theatre venues.

Property in Hanley

Hanley offers a superb year-round buy-to-let investment opportunity. Staffordshire University is situated just a few miles away, making the area popular with students wanting good quality rental accommodation. Stoke-on-Trent railway station offers commuters living in the Hanley area easy access to Manchester, London and Birmingham, and the recent regeneration means currently really affordable property prices - a prime opportunity for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder.

Rural Beauty

Hanley is often known as the first step onto the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District, one of the UK’s most stunning National Parks and the perfect location for cyclists, walkers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Most of the upland terrain of the countryside forms the southern end and foothills of the Pennines, with the valleys, caverns and bridges of Dovedale, Churnet, Thor’s Cave, Wetton Mill, Longnor and Butterton in easy reach.

Find out how much your property is worth using our free online property valuation tool. It takes less than a minute.

Shopping and Eating Out

Once famous for pottery manufacturing (and still home to modern pottery icon Emma Bridgewater), Hanley now offers a more varied retail landscape. The Potteries Shopping Centre itself houses over 100 high street retailers. Combined with the shops of Hanley City Centre, the Festival Retail Park and the 130 stalls of Hanley Indoor Market, this really is a shopper's paradise. Choose from a plethora of places to eat out and drink, from high street brands to more independent outlets.

Sport and Leisure

Stoke City fans are very happy living in Hanley with the bet365 Stadium just a stone’s throw away. Stoke Athletics Club also has its home in the area - at the Northwood stadium - and there is a wide choice of local gyms, including M Club Spa & Fitness, in Hanley itself. For a more relaxed approach to exercise and leisure, try canal walks along the Caldon and Trent & Mersey Canals - all just a short distance away.


Hanley offers a range of educational providers. There are three Academy schools in Hanley - The Excel, Birches Head and Haywood – a high-performing secondary school with exceptional Ofsted reports for Outstanding Education. The primary sector is also well served, with Hanley St Luke’s C of E, Forest Park and Grove Primary Schools all having excellent reputations.

Hanley transport

The brand new state-of-the-art Hanley Bus Station has revolutionised transport in the area. The station’s 22 bus departure bays, waiting facilities, passenger information office, and interactive touch-screen bus journey planners operate from 5am until midnight. Stoke railway station offers direct connections to Manchester and Birmingham in under an hour, and London in under two. The A500 link road also offers excellent access to the M6 and beyond.