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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 #1 of 7 Attractions in Burslem
Type: Factory Tours, Landmarks
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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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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is a brilliant place to visit. As a local person, I don't usually visit local attractions - I just don't get the time. But I'm glad I did. It is a working pottery factory, and they do factory tours by arrangement. However, the museum bit that's attached to the factory is a superb, free place to visit. It consists... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

As a Tourism Management student at Staffordshire University, Middleport Pottery offers an inviting informative experience alongside the chance to watch the workers in action making some of the finest pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Stoke on Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Anyone - like me - who had seen that 'strangers not allowed' sign on visits to Burleigh factory shop, and wondered what was in the factory that could easily have provided the backdrop for any Victorian industrial drama, now needs to wonder no more. Middleport has thrown open it's restored doors and you can wander at will around the site.... 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 through review! We are delighted that you found so many positive aspects to your visit and that the cafe regularly impresses! We do still have some work to do and more interpretation to install so we shall make sure that the sneak peek into the modern kiln area is highlighted,... More

nottingham
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

As someone who was born and raised in the potteries and since moved away this is a great place to visit on our trips back to stoke on trent. The museum is free to visit (you can pay for guided tour if you wish). The cafe is a beautiful place to sit and have something to eat and lovely generous... More

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

Thank you for your kind words, we are delighted that you chose to visit us and have taken the time to recommend us. We share your hopes for further improvements in the local area and it was very much hoped that the investment and regeneration project here at the pottery, thanks to The Prince's Regeneration Trust, would act as a... More

Gisborne, New Zealand
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What an awesome treasure. The Cafe is a great destination and everything else is a special treat! A great place to see the history of this area and take home some lovely gifts. I would recommend walking along the otherside of the canal if you get a chance too. The old buildings and the canal boats are a nostalgic journey.... More

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

What a wonderful review! It's fantastic to hear that our visitors love the place as much as we do! The walk along the canal is fascinating, so much industrial heritage but very pretty in places too. West Port Lake is fabulous and between the two you can have a really inexpensive enjoyable day out, as you discovered! Thank you again... More

Cheadle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Loved the visitor centre which is free to visit. The cafe was nice too and not expensive. There is a factory shop and it's all well worth a couple hours of your time.

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

Thank you for your kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and were impressed by our good value. Hope to see you again soon, we have all sorts of great events and activities planned for 2015 so lots of reasons to return! More

Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Have collected 'Calico' for tens of years I've visited the pottery a couple of times, but yesterday was the first time since its restoration and regeneration. Well what a treat. We'd intended to pop in for a coffee and visit the factory shop. 4 hours later we'd had a coffee, bought yet more pottery ( you can never have enough!)... 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. It's always great to hear from people who remember the place before The Prince's Regeneration Trusts work here to save the building and give it a bright future. Glad you enjoyed your visit and we are delighted that you were impressed by our team. We rely a great... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Stopped off just to eat, looked lovely from the outside on our way passed so stopped off on the way back on our trip. Food was lovely, hot, tasty, everything you could want. Puddings were too tempting so had to endulge in these too. Nephew loved his kids pasta. If ever near by, will visit again. Even had a bowl... More

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

We really smiled when we read that you stopped because the place looked so lovely! That's exactly what we wanted to achieve with the whole regeneration project here :) Glad you enjoyed the cafe too, we love our four legged visitors here so the least we can do is treat them to a biscuit or two! Thank you very much... More

Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I visited the pottery on business but was very pleasantly surprised when the visitor centre. It offered an excellent insight into the pottery industry of the past. The café is well worth a visit.

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

Thank you very much for such a great review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and its much appreciated that you took the time to review us. We hope to see you again the next time you are in the area. More

Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We called in to this unique pottery on our way back to Nottingham when we were in the UK on holiday. We are so glad that we found it and took the time to go through the shop and museum. The lady in the museum really opened our eyes with her knowledge of the factory. We didn't realise that items... More

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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 very proud of our wonderful volunteers and its great to know that chatting to them enhanced your visit, they really do go the extra mile to bring the magic of the place to life! Its also great to know that your purchase was made even more special for knowing a little of... More

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