What To Do Around The Laurels

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s the answer to some of the most commonly asked questions we get asked. If the answer to your question isn’t here, feel free to drop us a line.

Alton Towers 2019 Map

The New 2019 Alton Towers Theme Park Map is available to download HERE

Where can I get cheap Alton Towers tickets?

Cheap Alton Towers tickets can be found in a number of ways;

The best place to buy them is from Alton Towers directly. This might sound strange, but if you buy your tickets more than 5 days in advance, you’ll save 30% on your entrance fee! You may also get early rider tickets thrown in ?
Other places to find 2 for 1 or similar deals include from some daily newspapers or off Cornflakes packets.

Do you have off road parking?

Yes we have a large free private car park for overnight guest use.

You can also leave your car with us if you want to or share a car with friends when you’re out.

On the day of departure what time do I have to vacate my room?

Please ensure you leave by 10:00

This gives us a chance to make sure the rooms are pristine before our next guests arrive. As such, we don’t offer any late checkout facility.

Are there facilities to prepare or cook my own food?

Sorry but we are unable to offer you barbecue, other food preparation or cooking facilities.

However we are happy to refrigerate any food you may have brought with you.

Will I need to bring my own towels and toiletries?

We provide hand soap, moisturiser, a hand towel and a large fluffy towel for in room use. We also have shower gel in the shower cubicles.

You should bring your own towels for visits to waterparks and swimming baths.

Do you serve food in the evenings?

No. We do bed and breakfast only.

However we’re lucky enough to have several pubs and restaurants, that serve high quality food close by, so why not give them a try! It’s all part of our rural charm.

How do I know which Alton Towers rides are open?

You can quickly and easily find which Alton Towers rides are open by going to this link.

You may also wish to download their app as it gives queue times too.

Where can I get an Alton Towers Map?

You can download a map of the Alton Towers Theme park here

As things can change, it’s probably best to visit their site to get the latest one.

Where is Alton Towers?

Alton Towers is in Staffordshire.
It’s in the middle of England, pretty much stuck between Birmingham and Manchester.

You may be surprised how rural it is around here, as The Towers is sat on the side of the gorgeous Churnet Valley.

This video will give you an idea of what you’re missing if you just go to the park and nowhere else.

What is Alton Towers Postcode?

Alton Towers postcode is ST10 4DB
If you’re using sat nav you may find yourself being taken some very strange routes. We would always recommend ignoring your sat nav when you get within 20 miles of Alton Towers and just follow the signs.

You may well be surprised at how rural it is around Alton Towers. The theme park is sat on top of a hill on the side of The Churnet Valley – a fabulously picturesque place, well worth visiting in it’s own right.
So why not spend an extra day here and enjoy more of what Staffordshire has to offer

What time can I check in at The Laurels?

Guest check in time is from 16:30 to 21:30
Please arrive no later than 21:30 to ensure other guests will not be disturbed.

You’re more than welcome to arrive before 16:30 to drop off your luggage, but this needs to be by prior arrangement only, as we may not be in. After all, someone’s got to go out and buy the ingredients for your yummy breakfast.

How far is The Laurels from Alton Towers?

The Laurels is only 1 ½ miles away from Alton Towers, and even though none of the roads are straight around here, it will only take about 5 minutes to drive.

Is smoking permitted?

All rooms and buildings (including guest bedrooms) are strictly no smoking.

However, you’re free to smoke in the designated outdoor areas, where we’ve provided you with some ashtrays.

What about smoking in the bedroom?

No. This is against the law.

I’m sure you’re glad to know The Laurels is fitted with a very sensitive and sophisticated fire alarm system. This protects all our guests.

Guests who insist on smoking in their rooms (even leaning out of the window) will trigger the fire alarm. This means everyone will have to rush outside (us included) possibly wearing no clothes – and nobody wants to see that!

You’ll also make the other guests very angry because the fire alarm is incredibly loud.

As a punishment for the crimes of causing excessive noise and possible inappropriate nakedness, you’ll be subject to a minimum £50 additional cleaning charge.

Can I drink the tap water in my bedroom?

Yes – All cold water is from direct mains supply so is suitable for drinking.

Is breakfast included in the room rate?

We include Helen’s lovely Full English breakfast as well as fruit juice, cereal and toast

Do I have to be back by a certain time at night?

No ?
You will be given a room key when you arrive and are free to come and go as you please during your stay. We have no curfew.

We only ask that early birds and night owls are respectfully quiet for other guests and our neighbours.

Are babies and very young children welcome at The Laurels?

Of course. We make every effort to assist families with infants to enjoy as trouble free stay as possible, including providing travel cots and high chairs for you to use.

We’re also happy to store baby milk and weaning foods in our fridge, or heat them in a microwave for you.

Do you have any facilities for less mobile guests or those with disabilities?

I’m afraid there are several steps up to The Laurels which makes it unsuitable for disabled guests.

Explore staffordshire

Days Out

  • The Ceramics Trail
    Enjoy the complete ceramics experience and discover the history and heritage of the Potteries (the only place in the UK named after its primary industry), at their award-winning museums and visitor centre.
    Go on a factory tour and learn about the skills and craftsmanship that go into producing their famous pottery. Have a go at creating your own masterpiece with the many hands on opportunities available. Then shop till you drop at the Factory Shops.
  • The Staffordshire Hoard Trail
    The trail brings together a large number of attractions. It tells the emerging story of the Staffordshire Hoard and the Anglo Saxon history of the region, through a series of informative displays.
  • Sculpture Trail
    Whether you are on foot, on a bike or in a car, the Stoke on Trent Sculpture Trail provides a fascinating backdrop to the local landscape. Explore 40 amazing sculptures throughout the City and learn about their background and links to the local area. You don’t have to do the whole trail in one go as it’s been split into bite sized chunks allowing you to take a short walk or spend all day exploring.
  • The Two Saints Way
    A newly created 90 mile long distance walking route that passes right through the heart of Stoke on Trent and travel between the cathedral cities of Chester and Lichfield, where St Werburgh and St Chad, two Saxon  saints who brought Christianity to the ancient Kingdom of Mercia in the 7th Century, are laid to rest.

Useful Links

Links to other websites which provide services or information you may find useful.

The Ramblers Retreat

The Ramblers Retreat is an award winning country tearoom nestled in Dimmingsdale, part of the beautiful Churnet Valley in Staffordshire.

Towers Street

More information on Alton Towers than you can shake a stick at

Towers Times

TowersTimes is the largest and most popular unofficial website dedicated to The Alton Towers Resort.

Walking Britain

With over 15,000 pages of free walking information, including many walk descriptions. Walking Britain is dedicated to the footpaths that cross the landscape

UK Survival Guide

This travel survival guide from 1Cover is packed full handy hints, tips and tricks from those in the know to keep you safe on your next trip to the UK.

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Where to eat

Food & Drink

The Star at Cotton

Less than two minutes up the road from us, The Star Inn is a family owned and family run pub and restaurant. The current owners purchased the pub in January 2016 and are relatives of a local family who owned the Star from the early 1900’s until 1973. The building has recently undergone many improvements both internally and externally.

Excellent quality food with a small beer garden. Child friendly.


The Bulls Head

At the Bulls Head, they are passionate about locally sourced fresh ingredients for our dishes and use local suppliers where they can. Their stone baked pizzas are packed full of flavour and use the best cuts of meats to give you the best pizza experience this side of Sicily.

Their steaks are hung and aged for 21 days and come in a 12oz Ribeye or 10oz Sirlion. They have plenty of options for Vegetarians, Gluten Free & Vegans so please take a look over the menu which changes regularly.

Good food and an excellent choice of gins!


The Queens at Freehay

Tucked away in the quiet village of Freehay and a few miles from Alton Towers is the delightful “Queens at Freehay” Public House and Restaurant. The charming building dates back to the 18th century and enjoys a pretty setting surrounded by mature trees and a well tended garden.

Stepping over the threshold, visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find a refreshingly modern interior with bright décor and elegant tables and chairs.

 Good quality food from a family run restaurant.


The Mughal

The Mughal is an Indian Balti Restaurant and Takeaway in Cheadle, based in the High Street, easily accessible with car parking and bus stops close by, just 4 miles from The Laurels

They offer a wide range of Indian Balti dishes, together with a wide range of curries; tandoori dishes; masala dishes; English dishes; and sundries. Their family friendly atmosphere ensures you of a very warm welcome and a memorable evening at the Mughal.

Great food, friendly service, with HUGE nan breads! They don’t have an alcohol licence licence, but there’s a Bargain Booze next door. They’re more than happy to let you bring your booze.


The Alton Bridge

Alton Bridge is renowned for its food and warm hospitality – a local favourite for family suppers, romantic dinners and Sunday roasts.

They pride ourselves on their high quality, freshly cooked food, which is all sourced as locally as possible. Our menus are designed by their very talented in-house chefs, who are constantly updating the dishes to suit the seasons.

Large, kiddie friendly garden right by the river. A great spot in the summer.


Thornbury Hall

A delightful Georgian Grade II listed building with Tudor origins. The house was restored from near ruin in 1990 by Mohammed and Parveen Siddique, and converted into what is now recognised as one of the finest restaurants specialising in Pakistani cuisine.

The elegance of the house lends itself perfectly to the exotic eastern decor; historic artefacts, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and pictures of the ancient Mogul Empire. Thornbury Hall is set in the middle of the tranquil Staffordshire countryside, within easy reach of Alton Towers (3 miles)

High quality Indian style food, served exactly as you like it.


The New Olive Tree

Voted the ‘Best Independent Restaurant in Staffordshire’ by What’s On readers in 2018 and nominated again in 2019

The New Olive Tree are a family run business serving amazing Tapas – a variety of small savoury Mediterranean dishes. These can be had as snacks whist waiting, or with others as a main meal. Once you’ve decided what you want, just place your order. It’s entirely up to you how many dishes you want

Amazing Tapas served with a smile. You won’t be disappointed!


The Red Lion

The Red Lion is a country pub with a country feel—everyone is always welcome and made to feel so.

Matt and Vicky bought the pub in 2006, and have not looked back in the years they have been there. In May 2011 they added ‘Reds’ Restaurant and are proud to say this is doing really well and going from strength to strength.

Lovely beer garden and renowned for serving excellent steaks! (Check opening times).



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The Laurels, Star Bank, Oakamoor, Staffs, ST103DF