A compact town famous for brewing beer
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Whether you call it Burton-on-Trent, Burton Upon Trent or simply Burton, this is a small town with a big love for beer. Alongside its brewing pedigree, there’s loads to do in this town for the whole family, making it perfect for a day out or even a weekend away.
Burton-on-Trent Station is a short walk from the town centre, but if you prefer there are regular buses which can connect you instead.
Burton-on-Trent offers a range of shopping experiences close to the station. There are shopping centres within the town itself: The Octagon Shopping Centre, Coopers Square and Burton Place Shopping Centre. Each has a great range of shops, cafés and restaurants, providing hours of retail therapy between them.
Burton Market Hall first opened in 1883 and, following a recent refurbish, it’s taken its rightful place as a mainstay of the shopping scene in Burton-on-Trent. The building is home to permanent stalls selling food and local crafts, but there is also a revolving cast of pop-up stalls offering an exciting array of goods.
An outdoor market is also held in the aptly-named Market Place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You’ll be able to find fresh produce here, as well clothing, plants and flowers. On Thursdays, there’s even more on offer with books, magazines and home accessories available as well.
Any section on food and drink in Burton has to start with where to get a pint. The Devonshire Arms offers a great range of beers from Burton Bridge Brewery, and is a favourite place for Burtonians to sit and sip, particularly in the summer months when you can enjoy the sunny beer garden.
If beer isn’t really your thing, but you still fancy a tipple, head down to The Crossing. This pub, run by a member of punk band Anti Pasti, has the most impressive cocktail menu in town. They also offer great food, with an extensive menu catering to even the pickiest eaters. There’s even a good selection of veggie and vegan options.
When it comes to eating, there’s something for everyone in Burton – whether you love your favourite chain or prefer something unique and independent, you’ll find the perfect option for you. Choose between family-favourite Pinocchio’s, The Dial, with its friendly atmosphere, or The Winery, housed in an ancient abbey.
The first thing on your to do list in Burton is probably a brewery visit. We recommend the National Brewery Centre – the entry price to the museum includes samples at the restaurant, so after you learn about the history of brewing in the UK, you can taste the fruits of centuries of expertise.
Beer aside, Burton has a lot going on. One of our favourite attractions is the Claymills Pumping Station, where you’ll find out all about Victorian engineering with a side of scatological humour for the kids.
If you’re looking to get outdoors, you’re in luck in Burton; there are several parks and outdoor spaces including Stapenhill Gardens, The Washlands, and Sinai Park Woodlands. With so many different outdoor spaces offering unique landscapes and flora and fauna, you won’t want to come indoors.
Burton-on-Trent Station has step-free access throughout. Accessible ticket machines are available in the station, as are ramps for train access.
Burton is served by a great bus system, with regular connections around town and to the surrounding villages and countryside. Please note that accessible taxis are not available at this station; however, a taxi number is displayed at the station.
For further information about Burton-on-Trent Station, check out our station guide.
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