This has created a rich legacy of heritage, with the city proudly boasting the largest intact medieval street pattern in Europe.
Key places to visit include the Cathedral, Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Dragon Hall, Strangers' Hall and Bridewell Museum, which tells the history of the city.
Visitors can enjoy a cosmopolitan, buzzing and beautiful city with more than 1,500 buildings of interest, an exciting arts scene, wonderful outdoor activities, top shopping and delicious local food and drink.
Moorcroft Pottery this year celebrates 100 years of its factory being based on the same site, so it's a good time for you to visit the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre, home to a shop, museum and the original 1913 Grade II listed bottle kiln that 'proudly soars into the Staffordshire skyline'.
The Staffordshire Hoard – the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found – is on show at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery until September, alongside the world's largest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and a Mark XVI Spitfire.
Celebrate and join in the internationally renowned Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May (a 200-year-old arts festival, the oldest in the UK).
In September, the city's Heritage Open Days is the largest programme outside London.