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Gladstone Pottery Museum

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Address: 26 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ, England
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+44 1782 237777
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Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when...

Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Traditional skills, original workshops, and the cobbled yard and huge bottle ovens transport visitors back in time. Visit the gift shop and tea room and have a go at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating pottery. Please allow two to three hours for your visit. The shop and cafe, which serves a selction of drinks and light lunches, are open to non-museum visitors.

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Great museum

Interesting museum with lots to see and do. Clanking machinery, impressive bottle kilns and old buildings to walk inside, smelly sewage section, demonstrations and the chance to... read more

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting museum with lots to see and do. Clanking machinery, impressive bottle kilns and old buildings to walk inside, smelly sewage section, demonstrations and the chance to try something hands on. Staff were very friendly and informative. You have the chance to try a potters wheel, flower making or painting pre-made pottery. There is a charge for these of £3,... More 

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Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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75 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A museum with exhibits and knowledgeable staff who guide you through the experience. Set in an old working pottery with a great shop and cafe.

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London, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We three British middle aged guys were visiting the area for a day. From our lunchtime visit to the main Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (see review) we grabbed a direct 6a bus at 14:00hrs from Hanley Bus Station to the Gladstone. We got off at the bus stop at 14:15 by the museum and it was impressive even from... More 

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West Bridgford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly reception. You are given a map with numbers helping you round the museum in a logical way. The museum is actually an old pottery works saved from demolition, so you get a real idea of how pottery was made and the working conditions. The bottle kilns are still standing and it's fascinating to go inside them - I never... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, we were very glad you enjoyed the museum and oatcakes are a must! More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a good few hours at this lovely museum. We learnt a great deal about the pottery industry. The museum was very informative, well laid out and the staff exceedingly helpful. Would definitely recommend.

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

We were really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the museum, thank you for your review and your kind comments. More 

Congleton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have 3 boys aged 10, 5 and 4 and it's rare to find something that works equally well for all three - but we found that in spades here! They all loved finding out about everything from fettling, and jiggering to bottle ovens and sagger makers bottom knockers! Not to mention the hands on pottery throwing and pottery painting.... More 

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Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting, we were thrilled to read in your review that you thought it was a fab day out! More 

Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really well run little museum, which brings the history of the potteries alive. Throw a pot for just £3! Kids enjoyed the flow of the exhibits with enthusiastic volunteers able to explain the history. Don't miss this place if you come to Stoke on Trent

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Thank paulgreyn0lds
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and recommendation, very pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed the museum. More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I Lots of information regarding pottery work and conditions. Try your hand at potters wheel. Good food served in pleasant surroundings.

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Thank Marion P
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your rating and your kind words about the museum and the café. More 

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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its a great place to visit too see how pottery was made in years gone by,not far from trentham in longton town center

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Thank Mick C
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review - it's lovely to hear that you think we're a great place to visit. More 

Alsager, United Kingdom
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387 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I took my daughter to Gladstone on her 10th birthday. Entry is well priced and one you have walked through the shop, the visit starts with a brief film. Although it's an interesting start, it is very dated and talks about the local pottery industry as if it still existed, which it barely does, so an updated... More 

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Thank GAlsager
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

We hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday (we think we remember her if she was the little girl wearing a badge!). Thank you very much for your review and rating and we very pleased to hear that you had fun. More 

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