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“wonderful depiction of a bygone era”

Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Burslem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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-4pm -Cafe Open Mon-Sun 9am-4pm (Service ends at 3.30pm) -Factory Tours Tues-Thurs at 11am and 2pm, and Fri at 10.30am (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 million 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 built in 1888. Opened in 2014 Middleport Pottery features a visitor's centre, Tearoom, Middleport Studios, Burleigh Factory Shop, Exhibitions and fully restored Steam Engine.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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644 reviews
301 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“wonderful depiction of a bygone era”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

I was told by one of the staff that this is the only remaining place in Stoke-on-Trent where visitors can watch a piece of clay enter one side of the factory and leave the exit end of the factory as an artistic piece of ceramic ware. Pictures in the shop of royal visitors to the factory and I can imagine this place will at sometime in the future, be used as a location for a historical drama TV filming - it feels so authentic.

Visited April 2012
4 Thank Mister J
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English first
Pekin, Illinois
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405 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Extensive factory shop.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

We did not have time to take a factory tour, but a visit to the factory shop was very interesting. They make some of my favorite pottery. We saw all the pottery currently being produced - many patterns. Their small parking lot was full but we easily found parking on a nearby street.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Pippadude
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Made in England, Made in Stoke on Trent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2012

An original pottery in the original building. Some of the best domestic ranges available and made in front of your eyes. Not a far eastern hand to be seen. Wonderful experience to see crockery still being made as it was years ago and keeping jobs in Britain. The shop is wonderful with original factory features and discounted items for sale, tea and biscuits supplied as you shop.

2 Thank phil h
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

Great factory shop and cafe - good, attractive bargains. Lots of interesting birthday present gifts.

3 Thank DrLivingstone1947
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Stoke on Trent
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71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“forggoten gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2011

it is the first factory to put raw materials in one end and have the finished product at the other, the tour is brillent,would go back

2 Thank jellyfish14
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