Middleport Pottery, home of Burleigh, is an exciting visitor destination in the heart of Burslem, the Mother Town of the Potteries. World famous Burleigh pottery has been created here using traditional methods since 1889.
Follow our Heritage Trail to step back in time to explore the Visitor Centre which comprises Victorian offices, bottle kiln, bath house, steam engine, and mould store, and learn about the people and events which have shaped the pottery.
Middleport Pottery also offers a wide range of events and activities including Craft Markets, Food & Drink Markets, Beer festivals, festive events and Christmas Markets, and activities for the whole family to enjoy during school holidays. Middleport Pottery is also a popular weddings and events venue, and the perfect space to hold a corporate event.
Middleport Pottery is home to the Clay College Gallery and Middleport Studios which provide studio and retail space to six independent craftspeople and artists, all of which are free for visitors to browse.
Our traditional Middleport Pottery Packing House cafe serves high-quality, wholesome food, including local specialties such as Staffordshire oatcakes. We also offer delicious afternoon cream teas, which are all served on beautiful Burleigh pottery overlooking the Trent and Mersey canal.
Factory Tour: The famous Middleport Pottery factory tour is unique. It offers the chance to see world-renowned Burleigh pottery being made using the same handcraft methods as in the 1880s. The tour leads visitors through each stage of production in sequence, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of pottery.
Booking is essential for Factory Tours which are not suitable for children under 8 years. Some areas are not suitable for those with limited mobility – please contact us before your visit to see how we can accommodate you.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Annual Pass - Family (2 Adults + up to 3 Children)||£30.00 per family|
|Annual Pass - Individual||£15.00 per ticket|
|Factory Tour - Adult||£10.00 per adult|
|Factory Tour - Concessions||£9.00 per concession|
|Heritage Trail - Adult||£6.00 per adult|
|Heritage Trail - Concession||£5.00 per concession|
General Admission to the Middleport Pottery site is free of charge.
Additional charges apply for the Heritage Trail and Factory Tour.
Heritage Trail includes: Grade II Listed Bottle Kiln, Original Victorian Offices, Fully Restored Steam Engine, Underground Workers’ Bath House, Design Archive and Mould Store.
Map & Directions
From the A500, take the A527 towards Tunstall and Burslem and follow the brown and white Burleigh signs, or signs for Middleport Pottery.
Public Transport Directions
Bus service 20 and 30.
Accessible by car, bus, bicycle and canal. Nearest railway station is Stoke-on-Trent, which is 4 miles away.
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- Staffordshire Awards Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards - Bronze 2022
- Staffordshire Awards Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards - Highly Commended 2022
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
Booking & Payment Details
- Free Entry
- On-site catering
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- 2m distancing in place
- Capacity limit
- Clear signage
- Contactless payment only
- COVID-19 measures in place
- COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- COVID-19 staff training completed
- Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- Hygiene screens in place
- Interactive displays closed
- Online booking only
- Outside seating
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
- Queuing system
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Socially distanced spaced seating
- Staff required to regularly wash hands
- Education/study area
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Guided tours for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Wedding receptions
- Free Parking
- Gift shop
- Guided tours for individuals
- Onsite Catering
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
|Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 16:00|