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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

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Address: Middleport Pottery Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
Phone Number: +44 1782 499766
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Middleport Pottery Home of Burleigh is a unique visitor attraction. We are...

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-5pm

-Cafe Open Mon-Sun 9am-4pm

 

-Factory Tours Tues-Thurs at 11am and 2pm, and Fri at 11am (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 miliion 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 bulit in 1888.

In 2014 the atmospheric site will feature a new visitors centre to explore and cafe to enjoy. These facilities will attract visitors from out of the area and offer spaces and facilities for community use. We will also offer a varied programme of education, events and activities.

In the remaining space, workshops will be created for small creative businesses bringing further jobs to the area, and allow them to grow and flourish. On the top floor, at the core of the site, serviced office space will also provide accommodation for small businesses.

We are committed to offering training and development and are working in partnership with the other Prince's Charities, Staffordshire University and many local organisations to offer exciting opportunities.

For the moment visitors are very welcome in the Burleigh shop and pre bookable factory tours are available.

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Last Minute Oatcake Breakfast

On the morning of departure to Manchester airport, I decided to give my guests the opportunity to sample a Staffordshire Oatcake breakfast in authentic surroundings. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the morning of departure to Manchester airport, I decided to give my guests the opportunity to sample a Staffordshire Oatcake breakfast in authentic surroundings. The Tearoom at Middleport Pottery fit the bill perfectly! The breakfasts were perfectly matched by the surroundings and each component appreciated by one and all. If only we had had more time to experience the... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review. You can't beat a bacon and cheese oatcake can you? :) Thank you for bringing your guests to visit, I do hope that you can return in the near future. I'm sure you would love the tour and more time to explore the heritage areas, craft studios and Burleigh shop. Thank you again... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to Middleport pottery along the canal on a Saturday morning so the museum was closed. We went into a couple of workshops that sell their crafts. We ate in the café which was lovely. Overall a very nice experience. Would like to return to do the museum tour.

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. I'm a little concerned that it appeared that the heritage areas weren't open? We open 10-4, 7 days a week so would certainly have been open if the cafe and workshops were? If you might consider dropping us an email so I can look into this it would be appreciated. Maybe we had signage... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mum and mum in law share a birthday. Treated they to afternoon tea here and it was lovely. Lovely sandwiches, beautiful moist cake and the biggest (but lightest) scones ever!!! Neither of the muvs enjoyed the short walk across the cobbles but once they were in, they enjoyed very much. Recommend a visit

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Our cafe team will be delighted to hear your kind words. We are awaiting improvements to our cobbles as they do pose difficulties for some visitors. I'm sorry to hear that they were challenging for your Mums. We do welcome people to drive down to outside the cafe if it helps? We just ask that you let the team in... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This amazing pottery is ideal for all ages and disabilities, you are all through the pottery to see the staff at work, from the start of an item is right through all the different process. There are lots of old stairs to climb, but if you are disabled they have a tour that does not climb these stairs, but it... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, glad to hear how much you enjoyed the tour :) The stairs can be a challenge but as you rightly say we do offer an alternative route. We would recommend anyone unsure about suitability of the tour to give us a call to chat or to see the detailed information we have on our... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently visited the Burleigh, Middle Port and had fantastic time at the historic site. The place retained its old bricks and mortar and presented a great experience for its visitors. We visited during weekend when the factory tour is inactive but nevetheless the whole experience of touring the place is still very worthwhile. The staff were very friendly and... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Burleigh production runs Monday to Friday hence we are unable to offer a real factory tour at the weekends, I do hope you might be able to return in the week sometime? I'm sure you would love the experience as much as you did everything about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting , you can make an appointment with John French master potter to throw a pot of your own, visit the museum and see what life was like years ago, this is still a working factory and does tours in the week they need to be booked in advance as Well as john. Enjoy afternoon tea in the small... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. Our prebookable throwing experiences with Jon are becoming more popular by the day. He certainly is wonderful isn't he! We've had lots of people taking us up on our Gift Vouchers which can include Jon, the factory tour, behind the scenes with the 1888 steam engine and even lovely food in the cafe :)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are local to the area and we love this place. The whole atmosphere and friendliness of the staff, the canal - great to watch the wildlife, the boats and people who walk along the tow path. The are some quirky shops and art studios as well as the Burleigh shop. The tea room is our favourite - to stop... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words :) We are proud to say that over half of our visitors are local so we certainly do appeal to locals and visitors and hopefully the event programme helps by providing new things throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you at Christmas, we shall tell Father Christmas that you've been very good... More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We passed Middleport Pottery while on our narrowboat this summer and decided to make the time to visit. We were not disappointed. Our tour guide was a mine o information not just about the factory but about the area in general (she was a local girl) who really brought the factory to life for us. The employees were warm, welcoming... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We have so many visitors arriving by narrowboat, its a wonderful way to travel and such a great way to see the heritage of the area. Its great that you enjoyed your tour so much, the friendliness of the whole team here is something that we are very proud of so its lovely to... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Booked on line - very easy and minimal printing - no waste of paper or ink. My wife and I arrived at lunchtime for the 2pm tour so visited the cafe. Excellent ambiance with stencilled paintings on the plaster walls. We both had jacket potatoes - microwaved but hot in Burleigh bowls with proper Burliegh teapots and cups and saucers.-... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Lovely to hear your kind words and thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. Great that you had time to enjoy the whole site, the tour, the craft studios, the Burleigh shop, the heritage areas (included in tour price) and the cafe. We quite agree that we are a little "rough around the edges" but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We were recommended here whilst in the area. We popped along on a Sunday afternoon. There were no main tours as these only happen on weekdays, but for £3 we could freely wander most of the factory. All the members of staff we met were brilliant. Very happy and helpful. A lovely quiet stroll around. Most of the pottery to... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. Its nice to hear that we were recommended to you, as a charity we have a very limited marketing budget so rely a great deal on word of mouth. During the week we offer the factory tours (which includes admission to the heritage areas in the price) or entry to the heritage areas. The... More 

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