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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

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Address: Middleport Pottery 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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Best afternoon tea!

Beautifully presented selection of savoury and sweet items all served on matching blue and white crockery. A choice of tea or coffee . The service and attention to detail were... read more

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautifully presented selection of savoury and sweet items all served on matching blue and white crockery. A choice of tea or coffee . The service and attention to detail were excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Now I'm not into pottery as such but this factory visit was fascinating. We booked the guided tour which was well with the money. Our guide Phil was very informative and interesting. The tour showed us the history of the factory and how the pottery was made from start to finish. What made it even better is that the factory... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love, love, loved this visit. A step back in history which is fascinating for adults and children alike. The place is full of character with well documented historical information and photos as you wander around the different parts of the factory. There's an activity centre for children and another inside area for the children to play. Refreshments are available but... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great to see an original working pottery brilliantly co existing with a place for visitors. Interesting studios with the work of talented artists on show. Facilities good for visitors with an excellent cafe. The Potteries showing off and being proud of it's heritage. You may even spot presenters from "The Great Pottery Throw Down"

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit and especially enjoyed cream tea and throwing pots under the expert tuition/supervision of Master Potter, John French Well worth a visit for both adults and children Cannot wait to make a return visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Like going a bit in history and new stuff good pine furniture shop and tea room by canel enjoyed staff friendly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fabulous place, it is the only and still working Victorian Pottery Factory in the World and a must for everyone to see. They still make pottery in the same way as they did many years ago, and you can purchase it in the factory shop. Unfortunately it costs a little more than it did back then. All I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the shop which has a vast range of excellent seconds downstairs and pristine new pottery upstairs. Great choice Also a superb cafe with great food The factory is right by the canal with lovely views Tours can be pre booked in advance and are highly recommended Easily accessible from the A500

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Authentic buildings worth a visit for their historical interest but the pottery, although the only pottery left in stoke made in the old way, is expensive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found out about this place by accident online, having never heard of Burleigh, as I was just looking for something to do with the family at the weekend, and what a great find! We visited with our children (6 and 8) and my parents (70+) and all six of us had a lovely day out, and ended up spending... More 

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