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image for Guided Tour item typeFactory Tour at Middleport Pottery (Home of Burleigh)

Factory Tour, £7-£8.50

Factory Tour at Middleport Pottery

Factory Tour at Middleport Pottery


Middleport Pottery

01782 499766


Port Street,

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 6 Jun Relax with Clay
Sat 16 - Sun 17 Jun Craftsmanship Festival
Wed 4 Jul Relax with Clay
Wed 1 Aug Relax with Clay
Wed 5 Sep Relax with Clay
Wed 3 Oct Relax with Clay


The Middleport Factory Tour is unique. It offers the chance to see pottery being made using the same handcraft methods as in the 1880s. The tour will lead you through each stage of production in sequence, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of pottery. You will also see the steam engine which once powered the whole factory.

Please note - The tour is of a working factory, which can be quite noisy in places and there are some trip hazards.

Group size - Usually our tours are limited to 10 per group, however if you have a larger group please contact Middleport Pottery to arrange your visit - 01782 499766.

Mobility & Access - There are four sizeable staircases and several smaller steps, some of which are narrow and steep. There is no seating on the way round. Access to some areas of the factory tours for those with mobility needs is possible with alternative tours available. Please contact us in advance to discuss.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Tours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 & 14:00, Friday: 10:30

Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour starts to avoid disappointment. Each tours tour lasts for around one hour. There are no factory tours at weekends or on bank holidays as the factory is closed during this time.


Please note that children under 8 are not permitted on factory tours. Adults: £8.50. Under 18's, Students (with a student card), senior citizens (over 65), and local residents: £7.00.



Plan route to Middleport Pottery (Home of Burleigh) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 860493  Lat: 53.04098 Long: -2.20954

From the A500, take the A527 towards Tunstall and Burslem and follow the brown and white Burleigh signs.

Bus service 20 and 30.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed