ACCOMMODATION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE SET IN THE HEART OF RURAL STAFFORDSHIRE
Alton is a large village with a long history encompassing the Romans, Saxons and Victorians. It was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 and consequently has some interesting historic buildings. The village was formerly know as Alverton.
The Churnet Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge heritage railway to the east of Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire that operates along part of the former North Staffordshire Railway's (NSR) Churnet Valley Line.
Surrounded by the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Derbyshire Peak District, the area around Alton is know for it's outstanding beauty.
Local legend tells a strange tale of the Earl returning home to Alton Towers in 1821. An old woman stood in the road and stopped his coach but the Earl dismissed her and she cursed him!
Alton Towers was developed as a theme park around the mansion of the same name which was designed in the 19th century by Augustus Pugin. The estate was owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury at that time.
At Dimmingsdale, the Forestry Commission has turned an aristocat's dream into a delight for everyone. Magnificent drives built by the Earl of Shrewsbury have been incorporated into the valley walk. Visitors to this North Staffordshire beauty spot can now stroll where fine carriages once carried gentry on pleasure trips.