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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
+44 1782 499766
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Burslem
Type: Factory Tours
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.... more » 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. « less
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Cheadle, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

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

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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 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

Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

What a wonderful day out! First a 90 mins factory tour with Phil. revealing the mysteries of the many stages of production from clay to an object of beauty - a chance to stand beside the skilled craftsmen and women who are willing to chat and explain what they were doing. Then lunch in the on-site cafe overlooking the canal,... More

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

Thank you so much for this lovely review and brilliant photographs. Its always great to receive positive comments about our tour guides who are all enthusiastic local volunteers so we are delighted that you enjoyed Phil's tour. I totally agree with you about the soup! Tracey and her team in the cafe work very hard to get things "just right"... More

Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The buildings are really a visit to the past really good shop and café is worth a visit. staff are really helpful

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

Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit, thank you very much for taking the time to post this review. We love the title of your review, it describes Middleport perfectly! More

NEW YORK CITY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I visited middleport over the school holidays with my children and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The craft activities for the children were a bargain and they enjoyed looking for clues on the trails. The cafe is beautiful and the lunches are very well priced and delicious. I can't wait to see what you have on offer for half term. My... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. As a brand new attraction is wonderful to hear that we are appealing to different age groups and that our fun activities were enjoyed by your family. There will be lots more during October half term so we hope to see you again then! More

Congleton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I previously visited just the shop before Prince's Regeneration Trust got involved but on the 15/08/2014 i visited and did the full tour. Although they charged for the full tour there was a lot you could see for free, but the tour price was very reasonable considering how much we learnt and saw. It was phenomenal! I saw so much... More

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

Thank you for your great review, its lovely to hear that you enjoyed your tour so much. We are very proud indeed of our factory tour as we worked very hard to make sure it did justice to the fantastic skills of the Burleigh staff and amazing techniques that go into each and every piece of ware. I was surprised... More

Congleton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Absolutely loved my visit and tour of Middleport Pottery. I am from Stoke On Trent and have visited the shop many times over the last few years to make purchases of their lovely pottery. I was looking forward to see the work that the Princes Regeneration Trust have done in restoring and opening up this beautiful building to the public,... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are always delighted to hear from people who visited before The Prince's Regeneration Trusts work on the site and its great to hear that you think we have done this wonderful old building justice. We are very pleased that you enjoyed all that Middleport Pottery... More

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