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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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Middleport Pottery Cafe

Firstly this is not a full review as we didn't get chance to visit the pottery bit. All we have done is visit there wonderful café and shop. So what can we say about the café... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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stoke on trent
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Firstly this is not a full review as we didn't get chance to visit the pottery bit. All we have done is visit there wonderful café and shop. So what can we say about the café? Well nothing negative, that's for sure. We went today for breakfast as we have been recommended it by other family members. My partner had... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We booked as a National Trust Group on the Burleigh tour of the Middleport Pottery in Burslem & what an amazing & unique place the pottery is. Built next to the Trent & Mersey Canal the site was saved in 2011 by the Princes Regeneration trust & entry to the site is free & guided tours are good value. There... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We purchased our tickets for the tour on line before we left home and everything was as it should be when we arrived. Efficient and friendly. All the people who worked there; from the guides,the workers in the factory, the staff in the cafe.. They all were enthusiastic about he pottery. With good reason. It is a fab place to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Hidden little gem within Burslem, this pottery museum is a great place to go and visit with small children. An opportunity to learn about the craft and make your own clay items to take away. The cafe serves beautiful food and we were fortunate enough to visit when the weather was good so sat at the canal side. The kids... More 

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Leigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We visited with friends expecting a 'run of the mill' tour of dusty dry Victorian industrial archaeology and were very pleasantly surprised. Our guides were interesting, friendly, knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the exhibition. We got close up to the artisans who are working in what was a dying industry. Very sad to hear that the head mould maker is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We had such an enjoyable visit to this pottery. It is well signposted and is not hard to find and on arrival it is like stepping back in time. It is easy to wander around although if you have a disability it may be challenging to negotiate some of the areas. It is fascinating to learn how the pottery was... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was a group visit by National Trust members from Herefordshire. Our coach driver found it easily due to the many brown signs pointing the way. Middleport Pottery dates back to the 19th century and, with the help of the Prince's Regeneration Trust, many of the visitor areas have been restored sympathetically with old photos, ledgers and pottery artefacts on... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Had an amazing afternoon tea. Took my mother in law and they couldn't have been more attentive and the cakes and sandwiches were fab

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

Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted that you and your Mother in law enjoyed our wonderful cafe. Its especially nice to hear that the service was of a high standard, as were the cakes and sandwiches! You don't mention if you visited the rest of the site, our Free entry visitor centre (featuring the atmospheric Victorian offices... More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

To all at Middleport Pottery. My wife and I would like to thank you for the wonderful day we spent on Friday 27th of February when we visited the site. We took part in the conducted tour which was excellent. The gentleman who showed us round was very knowledgable and gave an excellent overview of the history of Middleport and... 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 thorough and positive review. We believe very strongly that its the efforts of the whole team and everyone involved in the future of this wonderful old building that makes for a memorable and special visit. Exactly as you said it is every aspect of the overall experience, and everyone involved tour guides volunteers,... More 

Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

What a great afternoon! It was fascinating to see all the processes of making crockery from clay to finished cup, all inside the only working Victorian pottery in Britain. The tour was carefully organised by the friendliest and most knowlegeable guides I have ever come across. The people working there were only too happy to talk to us and answer... More 

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

What a lovely review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review, we appreciate it very much. To hear that you felt that our team were the "friendliest and most knowledgeable guides" you have ever come across is wonderful praise. We do pride ourselves on the genuine friendliness of our team (something that Stoke... More 

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