Stoke-on-Trent is a busy and bustling city in the north of Staffordshire, located in the West Midlands of England. Historically an important producer of pottery, Stoke became important during the eighteenth and nineteenth century for the production of coal and steel. Modern-day Stoke is a bustling and vibrant city, with plenty to see and do for everyone. Shoppers can enjoy a visit to the Potteries Shopping Centre, full of fantastic high-street brands, or visit one of the city's many independent shops or markets. The city boasts plenty of theatres and galleries perfect for arty types, whilst those looking for a more historical pursuit can visit the Potteries Museum and Gallery or the Eruria Industrial Museum. Outdoorsy types, on the other hand, will love the green spaces dotted throughout Stoke, such as Central Forest Park and Westport Lake. Sporty types will enjoy the many leisure centres and sports complexes throughout the city. Families can choose from the great range of independent and state schools in Stoke, whilst professionals need only travel less than an hour to Birmingham. Properties to rent in Stoke are wonderfully affordable, ranging from chic city centre apartments to Victorian-style terraces perfect for growing families to expansive homes set in the nearby countryside.