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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

Middleport Pottery Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
+44 1782 499766
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Interesting and educational insight into the pottery industry

this is a place in the Potteries not to be missed. It gives an interesting and educational insight... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Great place to visit.

Booked in for a visit and found we were the only people on the tour. So the two of us had a very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Waltham Abbey, Essex, England
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Middleport Pottery Home of Burleigh is a unique visitor attraction. We are open to the public and have a whole host of things to see and do. -Burleigh Factory Shop Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm/Sun 10am-4pm -Middleport Visitor Centre Open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm -Cafe Open Mon-Sun 9am-4pm (Service ends at 3.30pm) -Factory Tours Tues-Thurs at 11am and 2pm, and Fri at 10.30am (all guided tours must be pre-booked) On arriving at the visitor centre reception situated in the old lodge you can collect a map designed to guide you through areas of the factory that bring to life the history of the building and the people behind the pottery itself. Enjoy tea and cake on the canal side in the cafe. Understand the whole production process on one of the pre-booked guided tours. Then finish the day off with a visit to the Burleigh factory shop, where we have a wide range of handcrafted pottery. The Prince's Regeneration Trust raised £8.5 million to purchase the Middleport Pottery site and to carry out restoration work which prevented existing jobs and skills from being lost from the area and will ensure the future of this unique site. The funding came from a range of sources including the Regional Growth Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and European Regional Development Fund as well as from private donors, Stoke-On-Trent City Council has been a key partner in the project. Middleport Pottery continues to be the 'Home of Burleigh'; the pottery business which occupies approximately half the site. Burleigh is now owned by Denby Holdings and they continue to produce beautiful ware in the building which has been their home since it was built in 1888. Opened in 2014 Middleport Pottery features a visitor's centre, Tearoom, Middleport Studios, Burleigh Factory Shop, Exhibitions and fully restored Steam Engine.
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Middleport Pottery Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
+44 1782 499766
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a place in the Potteries not to be missed. It gives an interesting and educational insight into the pottery industries methods and skills past and present. There is a good cafe on site and a very well stocked factory shop.

Thank robertpP91ME
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked in for a visit and found we were the only people on the tour. So the two of us had a very personal tour of the pottery. Staff were friendly and lovely. The man who took the tour was excellent. It was fascinating and...More

Thank upshire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a visit to the Potteries last week we decided to make this our first port of call for a much needed coffee! The café is lovely and we were served coffee and delicious hot toast on mis-matched Burleigh pottery. The setting is lovely and...More

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great afternoon tea served here with pleasant staff and great atmosphere. Lovely location when the weather is sunny beside the canal

Thank 127NDC
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

fascinating look back on how the pottery industry started. Excellent guided tour.Good cream tea in the café. We found the shop expensive and did not buy anything.Would be good if they had some bargains!

Thank patricklinehan
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. If its good enough for Royalty to visit them then thats à good enough recommend for anyone. Say hello to Sharon my coudsins wife. Shes checked the quality of pottery for years. With her experience your definately going to see 1st...More

Thank Terry C
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is a joy to visit. Now thriving after a very difficult period, thanks to help from Prince Charles. Tours are very good. Small pottery workshops are great. The café is superb...try the Oatcakes!!

1  Thank WillStaffordshire
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Very interesting pottery museum. Go early or check the website so that you don't miss the tours - like we did 'cos we liked the cafe so much. However, one of the guides gave us an impromptu guide, just for the two of us, of...More

Thank Sandrobear
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Often call in for coffee and a toasted teacake, on a Sunday. Always good food and friendly service, in such a brilliant setting - surrounded by such history ! Definitely worth a visit to the pottery - and cafe .

Thank richardi
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

I absolutely adored my factory tour with Dave Poole. He was knowledgeable, funny and charming. This tour cleverly combines a look back at history (it's a Victorian factory) while showing how it still operates in the current day (which it does, this is a fully...More

Thank Samantha C
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Adam H
21 October 2017|
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Response from dollydelash | Reviewed this property |
Not sure you can unless there are specific workshops. I know there is a Xmas tree decoration workshop for ceramics coming up at £25
13 June 2017|
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Response from Amelia G | Reviewed this property |
about 40minutes.
29 May 2017|
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Response from sarahgemini59 | Reviewed this property |
question didnt come through 9.10 pm..today...but yes they open bank holiday Monday for future reference.