Spode was one of the most important factories from the Industrial Revolution and the birthplace of bone china. The Heritage Centre is located at the former Spode factory site and visitors can learn about the history of the factory, see displays of fine ceramics and archival films, watch demonstrations of transfer printing, hand painting and raised paste gilding; visit the world famous Blue Room, enjoy browsing around the large shopping area and relax with tea and cake in the Blue Willow Tea Room at the end of the visit.
Group trips and Coach parties are welcome by prior appointment. Admission to the Centre is free, however small charges per head may apply or a donation to the Centre will be appreciated in respect of guided visits to the Blue Room, tours of the factory site with special demonstrators, speakers and for refreshments. Please contact the Heritage Centre to discuss requirements
Visit to the Blue Room including prior film £2.50 per person
Guided Tour of the factory site £5.00 per person
Combined Blue Room and Guided Tour £7.00 per person
Group Visits to the Heritage Centre No entrance charge
Refreshments of tea/coffee plus biscuits £2.50 per person
Map & Directions
Cars and Coaches
Follow signs for Stoke & Spode from the A500. There is a pay and display car park opposite the red factory gates on Elenora Street. The first hour of parking is free of charge. Parking on Sunday is free all day. Blue Badge holders can turn in to the red gates and please turn right. You will be able to drive down to the visitor centre and park right outside it on the factory site. Coaches can stop outside the gates.
Post code for Sat Nav users: ST4 1QQ
Public Transport Directions
By Train: The station is only about a 5 minute walk from the original Spode site. Turn right out of the station, turn right on Glebe Street. Follow the road beneath the railway bridge and over the A500 road bridge. Once over the A500, turn right onto Copeland Street and then left onto Elenora Street.
By Bus: Bus numbers 23 and 23a stop at the Elenora Street opposite the entrance gate
- Disabled access - Disabled access to ground floor only
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- On-site catering
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Out of Hours Visits
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Facilities for conferencing - Conference and meeting rooms available with audio visual facilities.
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups - Groups welcome by prior arrangement
- Coach parties accepted - Coach parties welcome by prior arrangement
|Season (25 Mar 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Monday - Tuesday||Closed|
|Wednesday - Sunday||10:30||- 16:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:30||- 16:00|
* Groups most welcome by appointment.