New homes for sale in Burton-on-Trent
Welcome to Burton-on-Trent
Burton-on-Trent is located in Staffordshire, just a quick commute away from Derby and Birmingham. Known by the locals as simply ‘Burton’, the town is a vibrant place to live with lots of employers along with idyllic walks along the River Trent, historic sites of interest and plenty of fun attractions to keep the children entertained.
A quick history
A Roman road was the focus for the first settlement in Burton, and the town grew around Burton Abbey, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book and became one of the most important monasteries in the region.
There were battles on the bridge in Burton in the early 14th century and again during the English Civil War. Later, when the River Trent Navigation opened in the early 18th century, Burton’s growing brewery trade was able to export beer to the port of Hull and onward to the continent. By 1880, there were more than 30 breweries in the town, and Branston pickle was also first made in a suburb of Burton.
Business and industry
Historically Burton is known as a brewing town and although the number of brewers diminished over the course of the 20th century, there are still a number of big beer-makers located in the area including Molson Coors Brewery, Bass Brewery, and Marston’s Brewery. Punch Taverns pub operators are also based in Burton-on-Trent.
Other employers in the town include tyre manufacturers Pirelli, Unilever’s Marmite and Bovril factory, Clipper Logistics, Healthcare at Home, Palletforce and Centrum One Hundred.
Things to do in the area
The biggest attraction in Burton-on-Trent is The National Brewery Centre, where you can find out all about the brewing process through the decades. Claymills Victorian Pumping Station is also in the town, while Barton Marina, Branston Water Park, the National Forest Adventure Farm and Stapenhill Gardens are nearby.
If you’re a football fan, St George’s Park - the home of England’s national football team - is just 15 minutes away from the town. Burton Albion F.C. play their home matches at Pirelli Stadium.
For a breath of fresh air, there are lots of outdoor attractions close to Burton that the whole family will enjoy. These include the Rosliston Forestry Centre and Conkers in Swadlincote, Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre, The National Memorial Arboretum, Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth, and Twycross Zoo in Atherstone.
If you like shopping ‘local’, there are regular markets in Burton on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including a monthly farmer’s market. Shopping centres in the town include Cooper’s Square, the Octagon Centre, Burton Place Shopping Centre and Middleway Retail Park which has a cinema, shops and restaurants.
Travel and commuting
Burton is located on the A38 and close to the M42 and M6 Toll. The town also has its own train station, and is on two National Cycle Network routes. The journey from Burton-on-Trent to Birmingham takes 45 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train, while the journey takes just 20 minutes to Derby by car or 10-15 minutes on the train. Nottingham is 40 minutes away by both car and train, while Leicester can be reached in 50 minutes by car, and Stoke-on-Trent in 40 minutes.
For journeys to London, the journey takes two hours 35 minutes by car without traffic, or one hour 30 minutes by train, changing at Tamworth. If you’re going on holiday or travelling abroad for business, East Midlands Airport is 25 minutes away travelling by car via the A50.