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Address: 26 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1782 237777
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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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A great way to learn about the Potteries

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Gladstone museum with my Son during half term. The place is reasonably priced for a local attraction and there is plenty of parking which is included in the price (you get a token fron the shop)The site is relatively compact but there is plenty to see and do. There is a lot of information about the pottery... 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 comments, we were pleased you had a great time. There is a large amount of printed and audio information available in the Doctor's House about common conditions of the time, including around 30 reconstructed consultations. Although we are a family friendly venue we have not censored this historical information and we are... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great experience, you get an amazing insight into the history of stoke. There is also lots to do for all ages. We spent 3 hours here and it still wasnt long enough! Had to rush around the last few things

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

We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed the museum, there is a lot to see here! Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rainy day in Stoke-on-Trent so decided to take the grandkids to Gladstone pottery museum. Very interesting and to my surprise they seemed to really enjoy themselves

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

Thank you for your review and rating - we were really pleased to hear that your grandkids enjoyed themselves! More 

Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst a little tricky to find first time we visited, no trouble this time. Excellent and secure carpark, leads to a well signposted self-tour through the history (and practice) of pottery. Lovely staff at reception, and incredibly skilled staff doing practical demonstrations, who made highly skilled manufacturing look easy (it isn't, but they were really good!). Fascinating from start to... More 

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

We're really pleased you found us ok this time and that you enjoyed the museum. Thank you very much for your kind words - you're right the demonstration staff made something very difficult look very easy! We hope you do come back again. More 

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