Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton: Hours, Address, Gladstone Pottery Museum Reviews: 5/5

Gladstone Pottery Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 watch pottery demonstrations by skilled experts. 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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Elizabeth C
Shrewsbury, UK2,126 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited as a group of four (two adult couples) and really enjoyed our time here. You have to book an entrance time slot ahead of your visit. When you arrive, you are given a map of the site, and make your own way around the different buildings at your own pace. There are a wide range of displays, short films, pottery demonstrations and reconstructions. By the end of our visit, we had all learnt a lot about the pottery making process and it’s impact on the city and it’s people. We were fascinated by the bottle kilns, which you actually get to have a good look at from the inside. There is a small cafe and shop on site too, as well as toilets. Our visit lasted around three hours. For £7.75 per adult, we thought this was great value too. Well worth a visit.
Written July 30, 2021
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Thank you very much for your review and rating. We were really pleased that you found the museum interesting and good value - the bottle ovens are amazing structures.
Written August 1, 2021
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Lionel T
Preston, UK146 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We weren't sure what to expect when we visited today but it was absolutely excellent telling the story of pottery making in the Stoke on Trent area. Guiding us around by reference to numbered buildings ensured that we saw everything. The integrated Social history is important to the display and the staff who were able to demonstrate certain aspects of pottery making were very good in describing what they do. It is fantastic that this site has been saved for future generations to see how hard work was for the working class before the mechanisation and improvements in this industry. We stayed about 2 1/2 hours and would highly recommend a visit.
Written August 17, 2021
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Thank you very much for your review and recommendation, which is greatly appreciated. We were very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum.
Written August 18, 2021
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pat F
13 contributions
May 2021
Due to Covid restrictions you need to ring and pre-book and pay for your your visit which we did. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Every building had doors open for good airflow. The exhibitions were very informative as were the short films. Again due to covid you can watch a pot being thrown on the potter's wheel but cannot have a go yourself until restrictions are lifted. There is also someone demonstrating slip casting and in another building a person making fabulous clay flowers, again you cannot have a go but can purchase air drying clay from the shop to model flowers, etc. at home. It's wonderful to be able to step inside the old bottle kilns, fantastic architectural features in themselves and see the stacked saggars, How marvellous to be able to produce saggars,fill them with wares, stack them to ceiling height and then brick the kiln door up and fire it up. Then when the kiln has cooled to remove all the saggars and their wares. Each task required great skill and would have taken years to master. The museum has a fascinating section on the history of the toilet, with a great variety on show,something we now take for granted. The cafe is open and the tables are well spaced out, a good selection of cakes and scones as well as baked potatoes etc. The shop has an eclectic mix of gifts, specialist books,(a lot of local interest) Anita Harris pottery, Foley Pottery, prints, posters and much more. So if you are looking for a gift with a difference it may be worth visiting the shop even if you don't go round the museum but you would be missing a fabulous opportunity to learn about Stoke's historic past. To see everything properly we would recommend at least 2 hours. So hurry up and book a tour.
Written May 25, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review and rating. We've worked really hard to make the museum as safe as possible while trying our best to make sure our visitors feel welcome and enjoy visiting us. We were so pleased to read your lovely comments about the museum, cafe and shop and very much appreciate you taking the time to share them with us.
Written June 9, 2021
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John H
Derby, UK33 contributions
Feb 2020
This is an amazing museum to visit and well worth a trip. The buildings are original and demonstrations are given, some of which you can join in for a small cost. The information provided on the pottery industry and its social impact is very interesting.

The cafe for snacks is available, selling the largest teacakes I've seen, all at reasonable prices. The shop is well worth a look.

All the staff are very friendly and helpful in explaining things. A car park is available and Longton railway station is a short walk (about 5-10 minutes).
Written February 9, 2020
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Thank you very much for your review and kind words about the museum and our staff. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Written February 11, 2020
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PaulnLinda
Poulton Le Fylde, UK16 contributions
Jul 2021
Gladstone Pottery Museum, what a fantastic way to spend two and half hours which just flew by and this while running under Covid restrictions, which meant all of the hands-on exhibits were unavailable. The live demonstrations given by ex-pottery workers were incredible to watch and the chap throwing on the wheel was just astounding, in fact they all made it look too easy. Free car parking and for less than the price of a movie you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and find out what a “sagger makers bottom knocker” did to earn his keep. Great afternoon out, we will definitely return post Covid to get the full 100% experience.
Written July 6, 2021
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Thank you very much for taking the time to review us and for your kind words about the museum and our staff. The demonstrators are very good at making it look easy! We were really pleased to hear that you enjoyed visiting and look forward to welcoming you back again.
Written July 7, 2021
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Sam3314
Derby, UK1,695 contributions
May 2022
Great museum telling the story of pottery making in bottle kilns, history of tiles and the WC. Lots of information boards and videos explaining the purpose of each room and the different terminology and trades involved as well as the social and medical impact. Hands on activities still restricted due to covid but a couple of demonstrations in place for making china flowers and decorating china. Good guide showing you the best route but you can take whatever route you like. Excellent cafe. Good shop with interesting souvenirs. Staff really keen to answer questions.
Car park on site on 10 minute walk from Longton station (Derby-Crewe line).
Written May 10, 2022
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Rab S
2 contributions
May 2022
A full three hour visit and no wasted time. All staff prepared to contribute to the experience, both in handling questions and volunteering further input.
As a Cornishman, with no particular knowledge of the pottery industry, the secrets of the bottle kiln were fully revealed - they put the kiln in a bottle - together with the making of slip for bone china, the ingredients of which were 50% Cornish; fantastic and a revelation too.
As a former seagoing marine engineer, it was good to see the compound steam engine running, (albeit not under steam power), and see its purpose.
There was information revealed about water closets, their manufacture, design, development, decoration and variety sufficient to fill a large area with excellent displays.
Whilst this was a solo visit, I look forward to returning with my wife, who will find much of interest (not least in the fine retail area).
Written May 20, 2022
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Zahia
London, UK31 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Really interesting museum, you can walk around at your own pace and read the info in each room, lots of history to learn about and pottery to see.

Despite covid restrictions (no "have a go" activities available), there were lots of demonstrations to see, and the artists were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We learnt a lot and enjoyed seeing the iconic bottle chimneys from the inside.
Written June 4, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us, we were really pleased to hear that you'd enjoyed visiting.
Written June 10, 2021
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Ben B
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wasn’t sure what to expect but had a really good time. Plenty of free car parking and everyone who worked there seemed lovely. Making your own pot (throwing) was only £3 extra and well worth it. There are lots of different sections taking about different aspects of the process and the history, this made taking in information more manageable and interesting, I often find some museums overwhelming and often loose interest, but gladly this wasn’t the case. We also painted some pottery items which ranged from £1-£4 (very reasonable price) and my opinion was to cheap. Carol, the lady supervising the decorating was absolutely brilliant. She gave an interesting talk about the different processes used for decoration and about her experience / career around pottery. Was brilliant to see that she was so proud about the heritage of our wonderful city. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Written February 1, 2020
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We're really glad you had a great day out at the museum and enjoyed the demonstrations and activities. Thank you very much for your review and your kind words, I'll make sure I pass your comments on to Carol.
Written February 4, 2020
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Paul
Walsall, UK6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
I was amazed at the museum experience I had here. Very much recommended. Once inside you are transported back in time to see how pottery was produced and how those working in the industry must have suffered. Demonstrations were offered at the potters wheel, how intricate details were produced and decorated freehand.
Written June 10, 2021
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Thank you for your review and recommendation, we were so pleased to hear that you enjoyed visiting us and really appreciate your comments.
Written June 16, 2021
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM