Tours & Heritage

Tours & Heritage

FACTORY & HERITAGE TOURS

Available daily

The Middleport Pottery factory tour is unique. The tour leads you through each stage of production, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of iconic Burleigh ware. Burleigh’s production methods have changed little in 130 years, including the highly specialised ’tissue transfer’ decoration method which cannot be seen in production anywhere else.   Factory Tours run Monday – Thurs, 11am & 1.45pm.  Friday, 10.30am. Booking required – Online Booking Or call reception: 01782 499766   Heritage Trail available 7-days a week. 10am – 4pm. No booking required.

 

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WALKING TOUR- OLD BURSLEM (NORTH) – *New route for 2019

Sunday 12th May

£5pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

A walking tour around Burslem North taking in the built heritage of Trubshawe Cross, Newcastle street and the upper side of Burslem. This walk can be enjoyed on its own or as the third walk in our spring series. The walk begins at Middleport Pottery (free parking). Please arrive 10 mins before departure (9.50 am). The terrain is mainly via public footpaths and alongside local roads, easy-moderate difficulty. Sensible footwear advised. The walking tour lasts approx 2 hours and returns to Middleport Pottery where you can relax and recharge in our Tea Room. A very popular tour – it is advised to book early as places are limited. Sunday 12th May, 10am – 12pm. £5pp. Booking required. Call: 01782 499766  

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INDUSTRIAL MIDDLEPORT

Sunday 9th June

£5pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

From Longport to Newport Lane (Middleport), the tour will look at how Middleport’s industry has evolved along this stretch of the Trent and Mersey Canal incl. Price and Kensington, Middleport Pottery and Shelton Bar. This walk can be enjoyed on its own or as the first walk in our summer series. The walk begins at Middleport Pottery (free parking). Please arrive 10 mins before departure (9.50 am). The terrain mainly is via the canal towpath, as well as via public footpaths and alongside local roads, easy-moderate difficulty. Sensible footwear advised. The walking tour lasts approx 2 hours and returns to Middleport Pottery where you can relax and recharge in our Tea Room. A very popular tour – it is advised to book early as places are limited. Sunday 9th June, 10am – 12pm. £5pp. Booking required, call: 01782 499766

 

 

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PITS AND POTS TOUR – New for 2019!

Tuesday 4th June – 10am – 4pm

£40pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

This whole-day tour starts with an immersive underground journey through Apedale’s drift mine. Visitors will discover how coal, and its abundance in North Staffordshire, gave rise to ‘The Potteries’. The tour then leads to Middleport Pottery for an exclusive ‘Pits and Pots’ heritage experience. Retracing the journey of coal, the tour will lead you through the Victorian Pottery Factory; from Boiler Room to Bottle Oven, learning how this ‘Model Pottery’ once relied on coal to create its world-renowned ceramic products. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Admission: £40pp – (Over 8’s only) – Price includes: Guided Underground Mine Tour at Apedale, Guided Tour at Middleport Pottery – Oatcake breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please note, travel to each venue is not included. Apedale Heritage Centre is approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Middleport Pottery. Free car and coach parking is available at both sites.  Limited places – Early booking advised. 

Tour Times: Starts at 10am at Apedale Heritage Centre (ST5 7LB)  – Ends at 4pm at Middleport Pottery (ST6 3PE)

 
Education Prices Available: Tours times can also be adjusted.- For enquiries, please call. 01782 499766

 

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WALKING TOUR- OLD BURSLEM (SOUTH) – *New route for 2019

Sunday 30th June

£5pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

A walking tour from Middleport including the Burslem Branch Canal, St John’s Church Yard, Bournes Bank and the lower side of Burslem. This walk can be enjoyed on its own or as the second walk in our summer series. The walk begins at Middleport Pottery (free parking). Please arrive 10 mins before departure (9.50 am). The terrain is mainly via public footpaths and alongside local roads, including some off the path walking, moderate difficulty. Sensible footwear advised.

The walking tour lasts approx 2 hours and returns to Middleport Pottery where you can relax and recharge in our Tea Room. A very popular tour – it is advised to book early as places are limited. Sunday 14th April, 10am – 12pm. £5pp – Booking required. Call: 01782 499766.

 

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PITS AND POTS TOUR – New for 2019!

Thursday 11th July – 10am – 4pm

£40pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

This whole-day tour starts with an immersive underground journey through Apedale’s drift mine. Visitors will discover how coal, and its abundance in North Staffordshire, gave rise to ‘The Potteries’. The tour then leads to Middleport Pottery for an exclusive ‘Pits and Pots’ heritage experience. Retracing the journey of coal, the tour will lead you through the Victorian Pottery Factory; from Boiler Room to Bottle Oven, learning how this ‘Model Pottery’ once relied on coal to create its world-renowned ceramic products. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Admission: £40pp – (Over 8’s only) – Price includes: Guided Underground Mine Tour at Apedale, Guided Tour at Middleport Pottery – Oatcake breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please note, travel to each venue is not included. Apedale Heritage Centre is approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Middleport Pottery. Free car and coach parking is available at both sites.  Limited places – Early booking advised.

Tour Times: Starts at 10am at Apedale Heritage Centre (ST5 7LB)  – Ends at 4pm at Middleport Pottery (ST6 3PE)

 
Education Prices Available: Tours times can also be adjusted.- For enquiries, please call. 01782 499766
 

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WALKING TOUR- OLD BURSLEM (NORTH) – *New route for 2019

Sunday 14th July

£5pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

A walking tour around Burslem North taking in the built heritage of Trubshawe Cross, Newcastle street and the upper side of Burslem. This walk can be enjoyed on its own or as the third walk in our summer series. The walk begins at Middleport Pottery (free parking). Please arrive 10 mins before departure (9.50 am). The terrain is mainly via public footpaths and alongside local roads, easy-moderate difficulty. Sensible footwear advised. The walking tour lasts approx 2 hours and returns to Middleport Pottery where you can relax and recharge in our Tea Room. A very popular tour – it is advised to book early as places are limited. Sunday 14th July, 10am – 12pm. £5pp. Booking required. Call: 01782 499766