Tours & Heritage

Tours & Heritage


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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Opens: Friday 19th July

Entrance included in admission to the Heritage Trail (£5.50/£4.00)


‘Middleport Pottery – A Victorian Innovation’ – Exhibition, from July 19th 2019

Delving into the archives of Middleport Pottery, the British Library and The National Archives, ‘Middleport Pottery – A Victorian Innovation’ reveals a 130 year-old history of ground-breaking architectural design, innovative industrial engineering and progressive social welfare.

Middleport Pottery is a Grade II* Listed heritage building and is one of Historic England’s ‘100 Places – Industry, Trade and Commerce’ for its contribution to ceramic design and production. Purpose-built by manufacturers Burgess and Leigh in 1888, the site quickly gained industry-wide recognition as the ‘Model Pottery’ of Staffordshire.

This exhibition/project was made possible with a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from Art Fund


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WALKING TOUR  – Old Burslem (North)

Sunday 20th October – 10am – 12pm

£5pp  – 01782 499766

Old Burslem North:
A walking tour around Burslem North taking in the built heritage of Trubshawe Cross, Newcastle street and the upper side of Burslem.
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 20th October – Burslem North, 10am – 12pm.
£5pp. Booking required. Call: 01782 499766
Accessibility: Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users.