Heritage Trail


Heritage Offices, Steam Engine, Grade II listed Bottle Kiln & Ceramic Design Archive!

Learn all about Middleport Pottery as you explore its unique visitor centre. See Burleigh ware produced over the years in the beautiful showroom, explore the original Victorian offices, and learn about the people and events which have shaped the Pottery. Step back in time as you explore our mould store, housing Europe’s largest collection of ceramic moulds. And take an inside look at the Pottery’s huge bottle kiln, one of the few remaining in Stoke and an iconic reminder of the city’s great industrial heritage. Our team of friendly volunteers are on hand to answer any questions and bring the history to life. 

We host regular events and activities – see the Events page for more details.

The visitor centre is open from 10am – 4pm, Monday – Sunday.




Children/young people 5-16; students (with a student card); senior citizens (over 65); local residents


Under 5s and Carers



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 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.

Each tour lasts for around one hour. Tours MUST be booked in advance.

Click here to book a Factory Tour