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“Be sure to take the train - and wear your walking shoes”

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Longton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Be sure to take the train - and wear your walking shoes”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

We took the train from London to Stoke-On-Trent. We were out for an adventure and that is what we got. We walked from the train station to the museum and then hit an awesome pottery store on the way back. We looked like pack rats toting our boxes of Portmerion pottery that were packed to travel the trip back home. The locals were very helpful with directions. One lady even told me she loved an American accent and enjoyed talking to us. I recommend taking the day to see the English country side by train.

Visited October 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Fabulous Museum”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

We really liked the content of the tour, our tour guide was awesome and each person demonstrating stages of production of pottery were friendly and very knowledgeable.

Visited May 2013
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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“A very pleasant surprise”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

We arrived with no preconceived ideas of what the museum had to offer. It certainly exceeded our expectations. This museum delivers on many levels. It is informative, educational, visual and offers interactive activities but best of all it takes the visitor back in time using excellent displays which incorporate sound and even smell. Well worth a visit with something for every age group.

Visited May 2013
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East Midlands
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109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Atmospheric Buildings”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Could easily imagine this place in its prime fully of movement and heat. Well worth a visit. People demonstrating were interesting.

Visited May 2013
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

This place gives a real insight into how the pottery industry worked not too many years ago. Friendly and helpful staff.

Visited May 2013
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