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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

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Address: Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
Phone Number: +44 1782 499766
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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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Fascinating insight to the Potteries.

We went on a Sunday so we were unable to take an organised tour of the factory at work. There was still plenty to see, the wares, the lovely old buildings including a bottle kiln... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sue W
Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on a Sunday so we were unable to take an organised tour of the factory at work. There was still plenty to see, the wares, the lovely old buildings including a bottle kiln and a steam engine built in 1888, undergoing renovation. The cafe was excellent.

Thank Sue W
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a great afternoon at middleport pottery the home of the big throwdown. There is a factory shop , lots of units all craft related, unit number 5 had 4 lovely girls working hard designing and selling pottery wall ornaments, designer lamps, transfers and the jewellery designer was amazing she has some fabulous designer jewellery for sale. You may get... More 

Thank Hilary B
Rugeley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Could be tricky to find for folk not familiar with the area Free ample car parking. Some of the stone cobbled walkways and the site in general might be a problem for anyone with mobility issues A collection of well preserved victorian factory buildings partly filled with items and information about the factory and its history, a shop, cafe and... More 

Thank peterh125
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots to do and see, very child friendly/ activities. Lovely atmospheric building set at the side of the Trent and Mersey canal. Beautiful cobbled grounds and friendly staff . Different events throughout the year.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit this place a lot, not sure why I havent got around to reviewing before. I collect Burleigh so perhaps I am biased, but I absolutely love it. One of the assistants was telling me that since the BBC great pottery throwdown has aired, locals have been visiting, and didnt even realise they had this gorgeous place on their... More 

Thank carole s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Middleport is located in an area that is in need of drastic rejuvenation and consequently the whole aspect of the place has a very historical feel about it. The factory and various displays further convey the history of Middleport Pottery and you get a good understanding of the conditions in which the pottery industry operated. Take at least half a... More 

Thank serge d
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went on the tour which is very good value. The guides are very informative and make it very interesting and are willing and able to answer any questions. The workforce also where ready with a smile and hello. The cafe again was good value for money, I had home made soup that was very tasty. I would recommend it... More 

Thank Jenny O
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

A nice way to start your visit is a small walk along the canal. We parked at Westport Lake and walked to Middleport Pottery along the canal (about 20 mins). We did the factory tour which was excellent and fascinating. Phil the volunteer that ran our tour did a fabulous job, and all the people in the factory were very... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I love this place so much, we only found it when we were on a bike ride along the canal. We saw a sign saying cafe open and I'm so glad that we took a detour and found this little gem of a place. We were told that they are looking into building a swing bridge from one side to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Inspired by the TV series, we paid a visit here. Pretty much left to our own devices, we walked round the exhibits, unfortunalely missing out on the factory tour. Some amazing pottery pieces, a shop and cafe. Really nice tea and sweet temptations. Don't leave without paying a visit to 'The Venerable'!

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