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Gladstone Pottery Museum

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Address: 26 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ, England
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+44 1782 237777
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when...

Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Traditional skills, original workshops, and the cobbled yard and huge bottle ovens transport visitors back in time. Visit the gift shop and tea room and have a go at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating pottery. Please allow two to three hours for your visit. The shop and cafe, which serves a selction of drinks and light lunches, are open to non-museum visitors.

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An excellent working museum that epitomises the work carried out in the Potteries area. Well worth a visit for anyone, native to Stoke or not. An excellent experience with no... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent working museum that epitomises the work carried out in the Potteries area. Well worth a visit for anyone, native to Stoke or not. An excellent experience with no complaints

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review. We were very pleased to hear that you had an excellent experience! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

I have been here several times and my kids have had annual passes. We love to go and make things from flowers to pots to painting future antique vases. It's a great rainy day activity as most of it is indoors and there are things that for a very small additional charge the kids are allowed to have a go... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and your lovely comments about the café and shop, we hope to see you again soon! More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

This museum will tell you about how the area was not long ago. Also you can have a good idea of how people in the potteries used to live and work. You can see the artisan working with pottery and painting and you can even give it a go. Especially good for childrens

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review - we were really pleased to hear that you'd enjoyed the museum. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Great afternoon out well worth a visit, some of the videos could do with an update but the experience is excellent. Free for kids with Blue Peter badges too!

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, we're glad you enjoyed it. Blue Peter badges are a great achievement and we're happy to offer free entry to holders. An episode of the programme was filmed here some years ago and we even made it into one of their annuals! More 

Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

This should be the first place you visit in Stoke to get an understanding of the Potteries. The Museum has a sign outside that says you should allow 2 hours to see it - well it was so interesting we spent 5 hours there! On site you can follow the entire process of making pots and china. There are very... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much - what a lovely review! We were thrilled to hear how much you'd enjoyed the museum and really appreciate your kind words. We've never thought of ourselves as 3 museums in 1 before! More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Got to be honest, I really didn't enjoy my visit here. Pretty expensive for what it was, but I can see why it has to be preserved. Luckily I visited when there were no school trips there, otherwise it would have been a complete disaster. If you're interested in the history of pottery, then you may enjoy it more. Essentially,... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit, as an industrial heritage site focusing on the lives of pottery workers we may not be to everyone's taste. We do have a wide range of special events throughout the year ranging from craft fairs and talks to an annual Beer Festival so we hope you won't rule out visiting something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Gladstone pottery myseum was an excellent museum to visit. If you are interested in china and the old ways used to make, fire and paint the pottery this is a trip for you. The old brick bottle kilns are amazing. The staff were very freindly, knowledgable and keen to help. Plus for the low cost of £3.00 you are able... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review of the museum, it's greatly appreciated. We were thrilled to hear how much you had enjoyed your visit and very pleased to hear that it was the highlight of your trip! More 

Berkshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

This was a trip back in time for me as I visited it 42 years a go as a student on a pottery course at college. I saw it just before it opened and always promised myself I would come back one day. I was not disappointed. It is a living example of how items of pottery were produced in... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

It was lovely to hear that you'd been able to see the museum before it opened and that you'd come back to visit us. Thank you very much for your review and your kind words - we were really pleased you weren't disappointed! Some of the volunteers who saved the factory from demolition still come every week and we are... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

This museum is a real gem and we were lucky to have a guided tour with a very enthusiastic guide who had been brought up in the area and whose family had worked in the Potteries. If you are not in a group then you could do a self guided tour and also watch the skilled demonstrators show the art... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review - it was great to hear how much you and your group enjoyed visiting us. We really appreciate your kind comments about the guides, demonstrators and café. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Gladstone Pottery Museum is a wonderful look at what used to be the biggest employers in the 5 Towns that constitute the Potteries. If your interested in historic novels the book Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett a gentle read.

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and rating, it was great to hear that you enjoyed the museum. Many years ago there was a TV adaptation of Anna of the Five Towns which was filmed here at Gladstone. Some of the staff at the time starred in it! More 

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