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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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A blast from the past

If you want to step back in time visit Burleigh. From the cobbled pathways to the Museum to the fantastic shop you will not be dissapointed. The Staff are more than willing to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

If you want to step back in time visit Burleigh. From the cobbled pathways to the Museum to the fantastic shop you will not be dissapointed. The Staff are more than willing to answer any questions and overall are extremely helpful. I would recommend a visit to anyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a great time making pots and figures with my daughter. Thanks to the staff who were really helpful, such a nice place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Recently regenerated by a grant from the Princes Trust. Pottery is expensive but if you do the tour you find that every time is hand made and the quality is high making the price realistic. Well worth a visit.

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

Thank you for your kind review. Its always great to hear from people who appreciate the amazing work that went into the project, led by The Prince's Regeneration Trust who fundraised £9 million from a wide variety of funders,restored the buildings and who now own and operate the site with Burleigh as tenants. This enabled Burleigh to stay in the... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Loads of atmosphere, friendly staff and a great museum Well worth a visit and the cafe was excellent!

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

Thank you very much for your kind words, we love being described as a "gem"! We think it really suits the place as it certainly is something precious and special :) We are always delighted when visitors take the time to comment on the friendliness of place, its something we pride ourselves on so its great to hear that it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The special events are worth looking out for and there is a pottery craft for the children. All in all an enjoyable visit

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

Thank you very much for your kind review. We work very hard to offer a varied event and activity programme (its not all about pottery here!) so its lovely to hear that this is appreciated. We are all very excited about our summer family friendly exhibition "Canal Creatures" and the related crafts and activities, hope you are able to join... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

what can I say -I am biased because my grandparents used to live just a stones throw away and grandad worked here in the 50's. my wife collects burleigh and the factory is facinating because it has barely changed. if you are in the area then it is worth a visit if you like burleigh ware. the peopleare always helpful... 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 and for your kind words. How lovely to hear that your grandparents lived locally, several of our wonderful volunteers were born and raised in Middleport so may have known your family, should you visit again please do mention your family link, especially if Albert, Tony or Chris are on duty.... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I went on a guided tour of this restored pottery factory where Burleigh pottery is still made today. This is Princes Trust project and the whole experience is excellent. There is a free visitors centre and a great cafe where food and drink is served on the pottery made at the factory. Our volunteer guide was excellent and knew a... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review. Its always wonderful to hear from people who appreciate the amazing work that went into the project, led by The Prince's Regeneration Trust. As you mention the project continues to grow with the Packing House recently completed and open for fledgling craft businesses to grow from. Of the whole site Burleigh are now tenants... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

It's and great place to visit, especially for people how love pottery, its some were to eat,and lots of things to do. The canal runs along side so its nice to site out and watch the boats go by. Truly love it.

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave this lovely review. We were delighted to be described as a little gem! Hopefully we shall finally get the "heatwave" that's been forecast for several weeks shortly and then it will be even nicer to sit outside the cafe and watch the boats go by! Thank you again for taking... More 

Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

We recently attended a Spanish tapas night which was one of Middleport's special event evenings, the food was wonderful. I'd list everything we had but there was so much, particular highlights were the spicy meatballs, calamari and the mushrooms. The evening was great in novel surroundings and made a change from just a usual eating place. I'll definitely be looking... More 

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

I'm quite sure that Mr Burgess and Mr Leigh would be rather surprised to hear that calamari was being served in their old Packing House but I'm sure they would be delighted to hear how much people are enjoying the surroundings and appreciating the bright future for the building! It's great to hear that you enjoyed the Tapas evening, we... More 

Brownhills, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We are a group of China Painters based in Shenstone near Lichfield. For our annual day out we were recommended to visit Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent. We are so glad that we did as it was a wonderful experience. The Pottery is a fully working factory and is producing all kinds of pottery ware for home and export all over the... More 

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

Thank you so very much for your kind words, as a charity we do rely a great deal on "word of mouth" so its great to hear that we were recommended to yourselves and now you are recommending us in turn! We do seem to be growing in popularity with group bookings so its very reassuring to know that groups... More 

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Address: Address: Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
Phone Number: +44 1782 499766
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Staffordshire  >  Stoke-on-Trent  >  Burslem

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