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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HISTORIC NARROWBOAT EXPERIENCE – STAFFORDSHIRE DAY

Saturday 27th April

£40pp – Advanced booking required – 01782 499766

Immerse yourself in Stoke-on-Trent’s rich industrial and canal heritage this Staffordshire Day.

On Saturday 27th April, Middleport Pottery is offering visitors the unique opportunity to jump aboard 1940s wooden narrowboat Dane for a fascinating return journey along the historic Trent and Mersey canal.

This full-day experience will include a guided tour of Middleport Pottery’s Heritage Trail, a guided narrowboat cruise and a guided tour of the last remaining steam-powered Potters’ mill, Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill (not in steam) at the Etruria Industrial Museum. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Date: Saturday 27th April. Please note, there are two starting times available. Please specify your preferred tour time when booking.

Heritage Narrowboat Tour One: Arrive at Middleport Pottery at 9.00am. The narrowboat will leave at 9.30am. This tour ends at Middleport Pottery approximately 3.30pm.

Heritage Narrowboat Tour Two: Arrive at Middleport at 11.00am. This tour ends at Middleport Potteryapproximately 5.00pm.

Lunch: Staffordshire Oatcakes. Please inform us of any dietary requirements upon booking.

Tickets: £40pp – Includes admission, guided tours, return boat journey (approximately 2 hours) refreshments and lunch.

To book call: 01782 499766 (10am – 4pm). Full payment required upon booking. Early booking advised as spaces are limited. Free parking available at Middleport Pottery.

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INDUSTRIAL MIDDLEPORT

Sunday 31st March

£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 spring 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 31st March, 10am – 12pm.
£5pp. Booking required, call: 01782 499766

 

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

Sunday 14th April

£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 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, 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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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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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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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