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image for Industrial Heritage item typeMiddleport Pottery (Home of Burleigh)

Middleport Pottery (Home of Burleigh)

Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery


Port Street,

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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


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. In June 2011, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust fundraised to acquire the site and restore it. Over a period of 3 years the site has been transformed brick-by-brick and day-by-day, from a building so in need of repair that it was becoming unsafe, to one that has gained new life and a new future.

It is now fully open to the public. Visitors step back in time to explore the Visitor Centre which comprises Victorian offices, historic collections, bottle kiln and mould store – and learn about the people and events which have shaped the pottery. Afterwards they can relax in our traditional café, overlooking the Trent and Mersey Canal. Middleport Pottery also offers a wide range of events and activities including film evenings, schools holiday crafts and birthday parties.

The Middleport Pottery factory tour is unique. It offers the chance to see 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 tours. Tours 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.

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

Disabled accessGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groups

Opening details

Visitor Centre and Cafe: Daily: 10:00 - 16:00

Shop: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

Factory Tours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 & 13:45, Friday: 10.30

The factory tour lasts around 1 hour. Maximum of 10 people per tour. For large parties we take groups of 10 at a time and stagger the start times by just a few minutes.


Heritage Areas - Adults: £5.50, Concessions £4.00. Factory Tours (includes guided Heritage Area Tour) - Adults: £9.50, Concessions: £8.00, Children under 8 are not permitted on the tour.



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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups