Alton is a quiet village located in Staffordshire. It is perhaps most well known for Alton Towers, a theme park that was constructed on the previous site of the Alton Mansion, which was owned by the Earls of Shrewsbury. While the theme park is certainly one of the most entertaining places to visit in the local area, the village is also well known for its association with the supernatural. It is believed by many to be the most haunted town in Staffordshire. A ghost wearing a top hat is said to ride through the fields that surround the village of Alton.
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Whilst the theme park, Alton Towers is usually the first tourist attraction and place worthy of note that springs to mind when asked to think about the small village of Alton, for those of us who want to soak in the history and culture of the village there is plenty to see and do. The Allen Gallery is a museum which is dedicated to creativity, the arts and design with such notable attractions such as a collection of different ceramics, which total over 2,000 in number.
The ceramic collection features relics and examples of different works and styles from different historical eras, and also includes examples of ceramic work from many of the former British colonies during the Imperialist time of the United Kingdom. Another highly unusual and quirky, but nevertheless very entertaining feature of the Allen Gallery is the Sculpture Trail, which is a path specially set aside which challenges visitors to try and spot as many different sculptures as they possibly can.
A visit to Alton Castle is also defiantly worth the time and effort, located in very close proximity to the theme park, the Castle is easily reachable. The history of Alton Castle is an engaging one indeed, whilst it was originally constructed sometime within the 12th century it underwent a major rebuilding project during the 15th century. However, these hard earned renovations were to be for naught as the ravages of the English Civil War meant that the Castle was significantly damaged as a result, a fate which was endured by many castles and keeps during this volatile time.
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