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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

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Address: Middleport Pottery Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
Phone Number:
+44 1782 499766
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Middleport Pottery Home of Burleigh is a unique visitor attraction. We are...

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-5pm

-Cafe Open Mon-Sun 9am-4pm


-Factory Tours Tues-Thurs at 11am and 2pm, and Fri at 11am (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 miliion 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 bulit in 1888.

In 2014 the atmospheric site will feature a new visitors centre to explore and cafe to enjoy. These facilities will attract visitors from out of the area and offer spaces and facilities for community use. We will also offer a varied programme of education, events and activities.

In the remaining space, workshops will be created for small creative businesses bringing further jobs to the area, and allow them to grow and flourish. On the top floor, at the core of the site, serviced office space will also provide accommodation for small businesses.

We are committed to offering training and development and are working in partnership with the other Prince's Charities, Staffordshire University and many local organisations to offer exciting opportunities.

For the moment visitors are very welcome in the Burleigh shop and pre bookable factory tours are available.

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Middleport pottery

This is set next to the canal and in summer is a stunning place to be. Lovely cafe lots to see and do

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A bit out of the way and I could not believe how little you get for an admission charge of £4.Car park poor as well as access but it is well signposted. Current TV pottering series got us there but you see NOTHING of this upstairs facility .After Moorcroft and some normal free pottery warehouse visits (Portmerion). The presentation was... More 

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MiddleportPottery, Guest Relations Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

We were so sorry to hear that you didn’t feel that your visit was value for money and that you weren’t happy with some aspects of your experience. I do hope you won’t mind if I respond to the points you raise? Firstly we are a little off the beaten track but as the factory was built around the crucial... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is set next to the canal and in summer is a stunning place to be. Lovely cafe lots to see and do

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great place to take friends for lunch of afternoon tea. Also, you can pay to have a guided tour of the potbank. Very interesting looking at Victorian kilns etc.and learning about the history of pottery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four adults spent time at the potters wheel making a pot each under the expert guidance of Jon French master Potter. He is a renowned potter having worked at Wedgewood and other well known Potteries. We are delighted with the experience and will definitely return to tut the glaze on under Jons helpful and friendly guidance. Middleport... More 

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Sarah N, Public Relations Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Jon is a wonderful addition to Middleport Pottery. We shall see you again soon! - Sarah More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great tour of the working Victorian factory. Access to all parts of the factory which gave a real insight into the lives of factory workers long ago. The factory still uses the same processes to manufacture beautiful pottery for Poole pottery and Burleigh. The tour guide was local and had a great knowledge of the factory and local... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A tour with Rob revealed a thriving commercial enterprise in a fascinating Victorian pottery. Using original processes and skills passed down through the generations we followed the story of the pottery production from slabs of raw clay, once unloaded from barges on the canal wharf, all the way through to the fine China ware that grace's some of the world's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a fascinating tour today with Tour guide Alan. I was taking photos so was on my own. Loved the historical side and he explained the process clearly. It was interesting to see how advanced with 'new ideas'the owners were when they were building originally. You could also stand inside the bottle kiln and imagine how hard the work... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small factory, been in production since 1888. They make Burleigh and Poole. Has a guided tour with John. Very interesting. Got to see some of the 100 plus workers at different stages of production. Well worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see this Victorian pottery on the banks of the canal with a nice shop and tea room. Fantastic designed buildings, old workings and still active with tours of the factory Monday to Thursday but you can visit any day and walk round. Would make a great day for family, with lunch and a walk along the canal. Car... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great stop off on your travels. Cafe a good place to sit and enjoy a snake or meal. Lots of history good pottery shop and museam always stop off when out walking canel tow path.

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