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Middleport Pottery

Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
+44 1782 499766
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Burslem
Type: Factory Tours
Owner description: The Prince's Regeneration Trust raised £8.5 miliion to purchase the Middleport Pottery site and to carry out restoration work which prevented existing... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Staffordshire Moorlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I have had Burleigh Calico pottery on display in my kitchen for many years, and today revisited the factory shop to replace some cups that had become chipped. The shop is always welcoming with an open fire, and a table set out with magazines and free coffee and biscuits. There is a vast display of the famous blue and white... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I visited the burleigh factory in August 2012 and i definetly recomend it. Working for a shop in New Zealand which sells Burleigh it was lovely to see where it all comes from. I can't remember the girls name who took the tour it she deffintley was full of knowledge. They were in the middle of updating the factory so... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

A step back in time - may this remain the same forever! Bought some beautiful gifts. Unforgettable experience.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The best that the Potteries has to offer! This place is a gem and anybody with an interest in pottery, elegant tableware, lovely cups and jugs and a nostalgic whiff of times gone by should go right out of their way to experience this place. I only live a few miles away and make sure to take family and friends... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We took part in a tour whilst this pottery is undergoing refurbishment (hard hats and high viz jackets provided!). Booking is essential, as only six people allowed per tour, at a suggested donation of £5 each. Our guide from the Prince's Regeneration Trust was knowledgeable, but also so charmingly enthusiastic. The workers in the pottery were friendly and welcomed our... More

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Midlands
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22 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Really good chance to take in how the old pot banks used to be. Still do tissue printing here which is unique to the Potteries. Fantastic setting. Will only get better now heritage funding has started. Quirky shop with local old school fixtures and friendly staff. Fire going in colder months so you can sit and enjoy a cuppa and... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We own a guest House and one of our visitors was working at Middleport Pottery. We have in the past seen places that say you are able to visit the factory but when we have looked the leaflets don't as yet publicise it. The guest assured us that you are able to visit so we booked over the telephone. It... More

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Wigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Shop was good value for money and nice items to buy We didnt do the tour. We also found the staff very friendly.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

To see my sister who lives in Burslem...I often pop in to the Factory shop as im a collector of blue and white...A pity there is only one of these places left to see how its all done, its the history of the place shame they took so many of the kilns down, it would have been great to see... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

I was told by one of the staff that this is the only remaining place in Stoke-on-Trent where visitors can watch a piece of clay enter one side of the factory and leave the exit end of the factory as an artistic piece of ceramic ware. Pictures in the shop of royal visitors to the factory and I can imagine... More

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