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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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Description: 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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On recommendation, my sisters and I today visited the Middleport Pottery and we all agreed it was amazing. We had booked in advance for the tour, and have to say it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

On recommendation, my sisters and I today visited the Middleport Pottery and we all agreed it was amazing. We had booked in advance for the tour, and have to say it was inspiring. Our guide Jan was superb and gave us lots of information and interesting stories as we made our way through the factory. All the staff were friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We did a tour of this Victorian Pottery works a few weeks ago. It was fabulous. Very informative, interesting and an absolute joy. Albert our guide explained everything so well, and had lots of fascinating tales to tell. All the workers are so obviously proud of their work and their skills are amazing. We enjoyed it so much we may... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I took my elderly mother to visit the Pottery. We just went to the cafe, a small exhibition and the shop. There were tours of the Pottery available but that would have been too much walking for my Mum. We loved everything we saw! The cafe was lovely, full of character, with delicious local food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Had visited Middleport Pottery a few times in passing to visit the justifiably highly- rated cafe at 10am and with time to spare afterwards I decided to have a look at the visitor centre. It was like stepping stepping into a trouts mouth and realising it was a whale. The passion of the people engulfs and I finally left at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were on a canal trip and moored outside the factory. The tour led by Tony was really informative and interesting and the people working in the factory were so friendly and happy to chat about their work. Amazing to think each pot goes through 25 stages, and is made in the same was as when the factory opened over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

Visited Burleigh today for a church service in the function room. We went into the cafe after the service. Lovely home made cakes and pots of tea!. Service was prompt and staff very friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit. Thank you to all the staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Great staff assistance interesting museum, old offices and superb cafe with local. Delicacies. Went to replace cups that have been broken but what a surprise to see changes with the input of the PrincesTrust. What a great experience for any enthusiast of Burleigh pottery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A friend and I joined a tour of Middleport Pottery today. The tour took about 1 and a half hours and was lead by a very informative and knowledgable guide. We found it really interesting, it was good to see the skill of the people working there. The building itself was a lesson in history. After the tour we went... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We visited after looking it up on the net. We walked along the canal at Middleport in the direction of Hanley and crossed the bridge (just past the burleigh factory site) over the canal and beared left. It is free to go around. We started in The museum, which was interesting, went in the original bottle oven where they were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A fascinating museum telling the story of the factory, beautiful pottery ware displayed in antique office furniture,a lovely cafe, excellent facilities for young children, convenient parking, factory tours and the factory shop..... I keep returning- not just to add to my collection of blue ware, but to see it all over again! Well done Burleigh!

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