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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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Great setting for a Cafe !

Often call in for coffee and a toasted teacake, on a Sunday. Always good food and friendly service... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Staffs. UK.
Wow! How fascinating: must do Middleport

I absolutely adored my factory tour with Dave Poole. He was knowledgeable, funny and charming... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Samantha C
Hertfordshire, UK
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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 yesterday

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 5 days ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

The traditional methods of high quality pottery manufacturing are amazing to see and so well explained on the factory tour. What you see are not demonstrations but real production as it has been for 150 years by highly skilled operatives. The fact that this working...More

Thank Hornsaj
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited middleport and opted to just pay £4 for heritage site. Was absolutely awesome and we spent a couple of hours here. Fantastic and knowledgeable guides were able to tell some fascinating stories and bring the place to life. Coffee in the cafe was good....More

Thank banbury1
Reviewed 1 week ago

A historic, working Pottery located in the centre of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. Visitors will discover what life was like for manual workers over 150 to 200 years ago. Although anyone wanting to visit this Pottery can just wander around the buildings, exhibition and shops...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent factory tour at Middleport pottery. Tour ticket enabled us to tour whole site will very knowledgeable guides. Was great to see the whole manufacturing process and talk to people who still had traditional skills. In particular the demonstration of tissue print transfer was excellent....More

Thank paul h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Stoke-on -Trent for an evening event and decided to make a day of it. So lucky to have discovered Middleport Pottery. Combination of Sat Nav and Brown Signs got us there easily. A number of their free car parks dotted around with...More

Thank TonyinUK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a few hours to visit the old place. See and feel the canal side pottery still at work. It is fascinating place to visit. Factory shop is well stocked but expensive for a factory shop. Needs a few really good bargains to bring...More

Thank dollydelash
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit and a thought provoking look into the past working conditions of the people and the skills they had.

Thank barrysherwin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Called in with all the older family to taste a bit of Staffordshire history. we have visited other potteries before and were not disappointed with this one. A small fee to get. The guides and volunteers were helpful and full of knowledge of the industry....More

Thank Graham 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.