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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 8 Attractions in Burslem
Type: Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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, Sightseeing 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. -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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Newcastle under Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Only just discovered this hidden gem and we will be back..again and again. Wonderfully atmospheric, with a great little cafe. Emily who ran the play with clay session was not only a whizz with crafts and arty ideas, but was so great with my girls, encouraging their ideas and firing their imagination.Free to get in and Excellent value for a... 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, Emily was over the moon to get a special mention! Play with Clay is brand new for 2015 so its great to hear that you enjoyed it. People do indeed make places exactly as you said and we are blessed with a wonderful team here. We... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We called at the cafe after reading the reviews on Trip advisor. The cafe is very quaint, the food is warm and tasty. There is an exhibition by a local photographer which is great, we bought a picture of Middleport pottery, it's a fantasic feature on our pub wall, as well as a conversation starter for our customers. Its well... 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 review your visit, i'm sure you are very busy at the pub so we really appreciate you taking the time to do this. Its great to hear that you enjoyed the cafe, it certainly is "quaint" and the food is lovely (if we may say so ourselves!) Its great to know that one... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

As a local guest house owner I cook breakfast on a daily basis. We regularly have lunch at Middleport Pottery but are usually to busy to have breakfast and have been promising to bring mum to sample the breakfast here! It was excellent, good quality food, nicely cooked, plenty of it and friendly staff. If you have a bit of... 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. As a guest house owner you're an expert when it comes to proper cooked breakfasts so its great to hear that ours lived up to your expectations! Must make a nice change having breakfast cooked for you :) Thank you for your kind festive wishes, we have high... More 

newcastle under lyme
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

we were only visiting to check out a craft fayre that my friend was part of, the building was fantastic and such a lot of history to the building. I cant believe that after living the stoke on trent area for over 16yrs I didn't even know this place existed, to get there you have to go towards the side... More 

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

Wasn't the craft fair wonderful? Such a great variety of inspiring treasures all lovingly created by local craftspeople. After all the work that went into restoring the building its so nice to finally be able to host events like this and craft fairs are proving very popular indeed. And of course events like this do attract new audiences, like yourself!... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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

Thank you so much for your lovely detailed review, its very kind of you to recommend us as a venue so whole heartedly. We will be hosting a lot more events and functions in 2015 (including launching our Schools Programme, regular craft workshops and children's birthday parties in addition to the atmospheric rooms we have available to hire) and its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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

Ah yes, wet December days! We seem to have had a lot of those lately... Still its so lovely to hear that wintery weather didn't spoil your visit. We make sure we keep the visitor centre, shop and cafe as warm and snug as we can for our visitors. The log burner in the cafe is especially popular! We were... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words, it certainly is a great example of restoration, the building is now safe and cared for but hasn't lost any of its original character. A perfect balance! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the cafe, it is a wonderful space, snug and cosy with the log burner in Winter and cool and... More 

Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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. The Burleigh shop certainly is good value, such beautiful ware and the local craftsmanship and care that goes into each and every piece is unbelievable. Hopefully you may be able to return in the week for a factory tour sometime? It is an excellent experience and you get... More 

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

"This place is special" What a WONDERFUL title for a review, after all the time and efforts that so many people have put into getting the building to how it is today its just brilliant to hear (well, to read!) these words! It certainly is a very special place and as you noted in your review an important part of... More 

Stoke-on-Trent
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, a number of our visitors comment what a nostalgic experience a day at Middleport Pottery is, and we are delighted that people feel that way! You are quite right about wrapping up on a Winters day if you are planning on spending much time admiring the exterior of the building, it always seems as... More 

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