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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

Address: Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
Phone Number: +44 1782 499766
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Burslem
Type: Factory Tours, Landmarks
Owner description: Middleport Pottery Home of Burleigh is a unique visitor attraction. We are open to the public and...
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Type: Factory Tours, Landmarks
Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

1889 and still producing. To see Victorian manufacturing little changed today is quite an achievement and unique! The building is a marvel from another age, you won't see much like it anywhere else. The museum steps you back to another age, and if you go during the week you can see the pottery in production much as it was originally... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Nestled out of the way in Burslem (Part of Stoke on Trent) is the Middleport Pottery, a unique attraction. Not only is it the oldest continuously operating pottery in England, but it is home to Burgess and Leigh otherwise known as Burleigh pottery. We visited on a wet December day and the staff were very welcoming. The site is being... More 

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Stoke on Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A working pottery that has been lovingly restored. Interesting to see how the ceramics output developed over the decades. Informative guides. The cafe is reasonably priced with a seasonal menu. Excellent special events programme. Well worth a visit whether you are local or a visitor on the Potteries trail.

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Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed this stop to buy some pottery. Very good value on seconds. Lots to see and choose from inventory. We did not have a tour as it was Sunday. But they make all their pottery on site at the factory. So nice to buy something actually made in England!

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Middleport Pottery is a historic working pottery in Burslem; it was the venue for a professional group meeting and after this we were escorted in three groups on the factory tour. Everything about the tour was splendid: and there was a warmth and friendliness about the place evident in the people we met en-route. The processes themselves have not changed... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A working Victorian pottery - free museum and exhibitions including a bottle kiln. Overall an excellent experience where you can easily spend an hour or more. Come prepared for cobbled walkways and wrap up well for outside activities during the winter months.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Now owned by the Princes trust and undergoing a multi million pound renovation. Good factory shop but a little expensive. Lovely cafe which overlooks the canal. Factory tours available. Well worth a visit. On the negative side it is hard to find if you are not familiar with the area. More road signs are definitely needed.

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

It always makes us smile when we read our cafe described as "lovely" It certainly is and when the log burner is glowing and the Christmas tree sparkling its even lovelier than usual, so glad to hear it is appreciated. The Burleigh shop is a delight too and stocks a wide price range of items and has frequent (very tempting!)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Loved everything about this fascinating museum, working factory, restaurant. An attraction that Stoke on Trent can be truly proud of. Sitting in the restaurant watching the canal boats go by, can't wait to visit in the summer. Fabulous seconds shop with wonderful pottery made on the site. My particular favourite part was the model of the pottery in it's hey... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review.We are glad that the wintery weather didn't affect your enjoyment of the cafes lovely canal view. You are quite right that is even more special in summer when you can sit outside and watch the boats go by. We do have our own moorings too so sometimes you... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This place is fantastic, a very authentic experience. The tour was very interesting and the tour guide provided us with very detailed information about how they make the potteries. The coffee shop is very nice and welcoming also the shop is another hit, actually they had some reduced products which was very tempting. All staff were friendly and willing to... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of your visit. The Burleigh shop certainly does have some brilliant bargains sometimes. It's an occupational hazard that none of us here can resist the special offers and have cupboards full of the beautiful ware! :) Thank you again for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I was brought up in Burslem but haven’t lived there for 50 years, so it was a real joy to visit the Middleport Pottery – and my youth! There are two different sections of the site – the newly restored part and the working factory. Both are fascinating. I saw the restored part first, containing the Visitor Centre in the... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a kind and detailed review, its much appreciated. We are glad that your visit bought back fond memories. And we were glad to see that you hadn't forgotten oatcakes! :) It was lovely to read your comments on the bottle kiln. It was a difficult decision how best to present this wonderful survivor and... More 

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