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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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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My husband took me here as it was where his grandfather used to work. The visit was very touching and nostalgic and the videos showing how hard people used to work in those days... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much information on site, seemed a bit confused. The children enjoyed making pots out of clay, but didn't see if anything else was on. Burleigh factory shop was full of interesting wares

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband took me here as it was where his grandfather used to work. The visit was very touching and nostalgic and the videos showing how hard people used to work in those days were very moving. One of the videos actually showed the making of a "saga" which is what my husband's grandfather used to do. The museum's decor... More 

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Hanley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the café here, it was well run and lovely food. We didn't do the tour but my husband had before and not being a local be found it very interesting and informative.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum shows a good history of the pottery with lots of examples of past ware that was produced on this site. The buildings are from the original pottery so in themselves interesting and worth a look around. The shop is situated in one of these buildings. This gives you plenty of chance to see what is being made today... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Middle port China is a great place to visit. It's very interesting and gives you insight into the history of pot banks. The café is quirky, the food is very good and the service is excellent.

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Thank Lyn C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Middleport Pottery for there Hedgehog event. It is such a lovely place and you can go out by the canal. The food in the cafe is great, my only criticism is when doing an event they should maybe get more staff in the cafe. I had to wait a while for my food (Ham sandwich ) my daughter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really good tour guide with lots of knowledge and answered questions as went along. The staff who work at the ruining pottery were also really helpful. This is a must for everyone. Booked in for afternoon tea as well for after the tour. The food and drinks on the Burleigh China was lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us enjoyed another afternoon tea at this wonderful little cafe. We have been to a number of places locally for afternoon tea but this is the favourite by far. What makes it different and special are little touches such as the strawberries dipped in chocolate, the mini marshmallows, the fabulous little cakes and not forgetting the pleasant and... More 

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

On a wet June afternoon we thought we'd visit the pottery attracted by the lure of a factory tour which we booked online. We certainly weren't disappointed. As well as the lively, interesting and informative factory tour we also enjoyed a great cup of tea and scone in the tea shop. There are some other workshops and galleries - we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We often call in to the pottery, and sometimes use the cafe. The food is a little hit and miss, but today my wife had a toasted tea cake which was only toasted on one side and was not cut evenly in half, really slipshod. My sandwich was served with the end of the loaf again not really on, I... 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 share your experience, we value all customer feedback as it is essential to our ongoing development. We always strive to ensure that our visitors have an enjoyable time here and we are really sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit to the cafe recently. The cafe is now independently operated... More 

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