19 Man-made Structures- Other to explore in Staffordshire
Staffordshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England. It borders Cheshire to the north west, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, the West Midlands County and Worcestershire to the south, and Shropshire to the west.
The Amerton Railway is a 2ft gauge line, set in the rolling Staffordshire countryside, and situated at the very popular Amerton Working Farm. The Railway is home to the 1897 Bagnall-built saddle tank Isabel which became such a part of Stafford life on her plinth outside the main Stafford Station. It is owned by Staffordshire Narrow Gauge Railway Limited, a registered charity, and operated by volunteers.
The Apedale Valley Light Railway was officially opened in September 2010 by the Moseley Railway Trust. The railway normally operates a diesel service on every Saturday during its opening season, and the second weekend of every month is a Steam weekend.
The Churnet Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge heritage railway to the east of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, that operates along a part of the former North Staffordshire Railway's Churnet Valley Line. Regular services travel between the two main stations at Cheddleton and Kingsley and Froghall . There is an intermediate station at Consall. Some trains also head beyond Cheddleton to Leek Brook Junction and on to Ipstones, but Ipstones station is not in use.
Claymills Pumping Station, a former steam-powered, sewage pumping station, built between 1884 and 1886 to designs by James Mansergh. There are four huge pumping beam engines, two of which currently work, a large steam driven workshop where you can see engineers and a blacksmith in action. It was one of the iconic attraction in this area which paves light to the history.
Congo River Rapids is an exciting whitewater rafting expedition. Climb aboard and enjoy a refreshing splash – or get seriously soaked. This expedition will send you twirling down a racing river through Congo. It features twin waterfalls, and rafts pass between the two waterfalls.
Extraordinary Golf is a crazy golf course with more wild and wacky features than you can imagine. This theme park themed miniature golf course re-imagines together 18 of our wildest rides and attractions. Most importantly, Extraordinary Golf is a fun activity for all the family. Test your skills at Extraordinary Golf with two wacky 9-hole courses featuring outrageous obstacles themed around some of the most famous Alton Towers Resort rides and attractions.
The Foxfield Railway is a preserved standard gauge line located south east of Stoke-on-Trent. The line was built in 1893 to serve the colliery at Dilhorne on the Cheadle Coalfield. It joined the North Staffordshire Railway line near Blythe Bridge. It is open at weekends and operates trains on Sundays, Bank Holidays and some Saturdays from April to October and Santa Special trains in December.
Fradley Junction is a canal junction between Fradley and Alrewas near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England and the point at which the Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal. It opened in 1790, and several of the buildings around it, including The Swan public house, are grade II listed structures.
Galactica is a flying roller coaster located in the Forbidden Valley area of Alton Towers amusement park in Staffordshire, England and is the first flying coaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard. Guests ride in a prone position and experience the feeling of flight by "flying" close to the ground, under footpaths, and narrowly past trees and rocks.
Oblivion is a steel roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. The prototype Dive Coaster model from Bolliger & Mabillard opened to the public on 14 March 1998 and was marketed as the "World's first vertical drop roller coaster". With a maximum speed of 68 mph, it is the third fastest roller coaster in the UK, behind Stealth at Thorpe Park and the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure is a family roller coaster located in CBeebies Land at Alton Towers, Staffordshire. It opened on 21 March 2015. It is located next to Spinball Whizzer, in an area which was previously part of Adventure Land. It was one of the stunning attraction here and also it attracts a lot of tourists.
Rita, formerly known as Queen of Speed, is a launched roller coaster located in the Dark Forest section of Alton Towers amusement park in Staffordshire Moorlands, England. Designed by Intamin, the Accelerator Coaster model opened to the public on 1 April 2005. It is named Rita because Alton Towers Intamin Rocket abbreviated is A.T.I.R which spells Rita backwards. This name is also due to the American tradition of giving a drag racing car a female name, as the ride used to be themed to drag racin
The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway is a Victorian style narrow gauge steam railway which gives a beautiful three mile return trip from the free car park at Rudyard Station along the side of Rudyard Lake. Trains are about half the size a normal narrow gauge railway and are steam hauled. It runs at weekends and bank holidays from March to November, with more regular services from Easter to October and daily during school holidays
The Runaway Mine Train is a powered steel roller coaster made by MACK Rides of Germany. The ride is located in the Katanga Canyon area of Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. The ride runs alongside the Congo River Rapids, with which it shares a tunnel section. Passengers on the two rides occasionally wave to each other if they pass in the shared tunnel.
Spinball Whizzer is a Sit-Down Spinning roller coaster located at Alton Towers. First-timers and thrill seekers alike enjoy the unpredictable spins and speed of the winding track. This family theme park ride is a perfect gateway for first timers to experience a thrill ride sensation.
Stormforce 10 is a ride that recreates the story of a lifeboat rescue, launched in association with the RNLI. The ride is located at Drayton Manor Theme Park near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. As of 2020, the height limit has been raised to 1.3m and riders under 14 must be accompanied by a person over 16.
This unique attraction lets visitors explore and learn about the lives of these fascinating primates, living just as they would in Morocco or Algeria. Monkey Forest is home to 140 free-ranging Barbary macaques, situated in an ancient Staffordshire forest. Trentham Monkey Forest is the perfect day out for all ages, where you can walk, watch and be amazed as the endangered monkeys live as they would in the wild.
Uttoxeter Racecourse is one of the UK's leading National Hunt tracks, and offers horse racing throughout the year, as well as other events and venue hire. With 25 race meetings, including the Midlands Grand National, spread evenly throughout the year, you also have the opportunity to come racing in every season! Whether that is National Hunt Racing in the Winter, or glorious summer
Wicker Man is a wooden roller coaster at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. The rollercoaster, which opened in March last year, is one of the most popular rides at the park and staff are working to get it up and running as soon as possible.