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“Lots to see” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wedgwood Museum

Wedgwood Museum
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Barlaston
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Owner description: For a unique experience and a very warm welcome, the stunning Wedgwood Museum is the place to visit - whether you just like looking at beautiful objects or have a specialist interest. We are the home of one of the most interesting ceramic collections in the world. Our galleries tell the story of Josiah Wedgwood, his family, and the company he founded two-and-a-half centuries ago. New visitor experience for 2015! As a result, we are closing the site to customers from 24th December 2014 through until June 2015.
East Midlands
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78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We had been here before, on part of a day trip by coach, but because of vehicle problems, our time here had been cut short, so we returned for a full look-round. The first thing to say is that if pottery, including its design and manufacture, isn't your thing, then a visit here might seem a little tedious. We didn't do the visitor centre experience, where you can get hands-on with clay and try making your own stuff, so there is no further comment on this, but if you have children with you, it might be something worth investing in, because the main displays aren't all that child-friendly - one or two audio commentaries at the push of a button, and an introductory 20-minute video film, but that's about it.

The main display area is very comprehensive - an archive with examples of just about every range Wedgwood ever produced. It's a world-class collection, but working your way through it all does demand a bit of stamina as far as concentration is concerned. Josiah Wedgwood is rightly honoured not only for his innovations and business acumen, but also for his very warm humanitarian instincts regarding not only his workers but also his fellow men. It's very thought-provoking, and difficult to avoid asking yourself where we would find his like today.

There are many pieces to buy in the on-site retail shop, but the real bargains are to be found in the remainders and seconds in the factory shop - reductions of the order of 25-75% are available. The site has a cafe and a restaurant - the latter has a slightly limited range, but offers decent quality and value. The Wedgwood Museum is definitely worth a full visit. Once you have seen it all, your return will be heavily dependent on your taste in pottery and your quest for an appropriate bargain.

Visited May 2013
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Museum, shame about the rest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Visited the museum yesterday and spent a lovely couple of hours looking at the variety of pottery. There is also a lot of information about the social history of various periods Ann how this impacted on taste in tableware a really good day out and reasonable value for money.

The restaurant on site is like a canteen and serves very basic food at a high prices. I had to take back my scone which was brick hard, they exchanged it with no issue. It is however all served on nice Wedgwood china.

The shops have a really good range of products at all prices. Be warned however that they sell goods in the shop that are literally half the price if you walk a hundred yards across the car park to the factory outlet. I bought a £75 broach in the shop and saw the same thing once I visited the factory shop. I assumed that it was perhaps a second but it looked exactly the same so I asked. It was not a second and indeed exactly the same broach but at half the price. When I pointed this out the lady shrugged her shoulders and said " I know".

After much faffing about I got the £37.50 refund. This practice is disingenuous to say the least.

Visited April 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, value for money, different”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Great value for money at £10 each plus an extra £2.50 for a guided factory tour which lasted approximately 45 minutes. We saw the whole production process from start to finish. Then there is the museum to look around and the visitor experience where you can talk to tradesmen and women who are painting pottery, throwing a pot, making clay flowers etc. Unfortunately some of these people where rather grumpy, especially as they had been specially selected to be customer facing! Mary, making the clay flowers was a delightful exception. For an additional fee you can have a go at these crafts and throw your own pot etc, and they will fire them and posts them to you, a great idea, and really adds to the experience. There are also two shops, a true Wedgwood Shop, with the prices to match, and a factory outlet where prices are surprisingly low and bargains are found. A great day out as the restaurant is good value, good service and good food too. Well done Wedgwood, My advice would be to give your people in the Visitor Experience some Customer Service Training, otherwise you're doing Great!

Visited April 2013
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“A mind boggling exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

More pottery and ceramics imaginable! We were fortunate to enter for free due a special exhibit! Pottery from the beginning of the industry to the present day!

Visited October 2012
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“it was ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

To be fair, Its not my sort of thing, Its a little pricey for whats there to see and it doesnt take long to look round. As ive visited many overseas manufacturers it was a bit of a busmans holiday.

Visited October 2012
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