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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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Excellent day learning about bone china

Gladstone pottery myseum was an excellent museum to visit. If you are interested in china and the old ways used to make, fire and paint the pottery this is a trip for you. The old... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Gladstone pottery myseum was an excellent museum to visit. If you are interested in china and the old ways used to make, fire and paint the pottery this is a trip for you. The old brick bottle kilns are amazing. The staff were very freindly, knowledgable and keen to help. Plus for the low cost of £3.00 you are able... More 

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review of the museum, it's greatly appreciated. We were thrilled to hear how much you had enjoyed your visit and very pleased to hear that it was the highlight of your trip! More 

Berkshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This was a trip back in time for me as I visited it 42 years a go as a student on a pottery course at college. I saw it just before it opened and always promised myself I would come back one day. I was not disappointed. It is a living example of how items of pottery were produced in... More 

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

It was lovely to hear that you'd been able to see the museum before it opened and that you'd come back to visit us. Thank you very much for your review and your kind words - we were really pleased you weren't disappointed! Some of the volunteers who saved the factory from demolition still come every week and we are... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This museum is a real gem and we were lucky to have a guided tour with a very enthusiastic guide who had been brought up in the area and whose family had worked in the Potteries. If you are not in a group then you could do a self guided tour and also watch the skilled demonstrators show the art... More 

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review - it was great to hear how much you and your group enjoyed visiting us. We really appreciate your kind comments about the guides, demonstrators and café. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Gladstone Pottery Museum is a wonderful look at what used to be the biggest employers in the 5 Towns that constitute the Potteries. If your interested in historic novels the book Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett a gentle read.

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

Thank you very much for your review and rating, it was great to hear that you enjoyed the museum. Many years ago there was a TV adaptation of Anna of the Five Towns which was filmed here at Gladstone. Some of the staff at the time starred in it! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I visited the Gladstone museum with my Son during half term. The place is reasonably priced for a local attraction and there is plenty of parking which is included in the price (you get a token fron the shop)The site is relatively compact but there is plenty to see and do. There is a lot of information about the pottery... 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 and comments, we were pleased you had a great time. There is a large amount of printed and audio information available in the Doctor's House about common conditions of the time, including around 30 reconstructed consultations. Although we are a family friendly venue we have not censored this historical information and we are... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This was a great experience, you get an amazing insight into the history of stoke. There is also lots to do for all ages. We spent 3 hours here and it still wasnt long enough! Had to rush around the last few things

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

We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed the museum, there is a lot to see here! Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Rainy day in Stoke-on-Trent so decided to take the grandkids to Gladstone pottery museum. Very interesting and to my surprise they seemed to really enjoy themselves

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

Thank you for your review and rating - we were really pleased to hear that your grandkids enjoyed themselves! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Whilst a little tricky to find first time we visited, no trouble this time. Excellent and secure carpark, leads to a well signposted self-tour through the history (and practice) of pottery. Lovely staff at reception, and incredibly skilled staff doing practical demonstrations, who made highly skilled manufacturing look easy (it isn't, but they were really good!). Fascinating from start to... More 

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

We're really pleased you found us ok this time and that you enjoyed the museum. Thank you very much for your kind words - you're right the demonstration staff made something very difficult look very easy! We hope you do come back again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I went here earlier this year with my little girls school I we loved it a fantastic place to see the history of the pottery industry lots to do and see the children learned about Clarice cliff and got to paint a plate in her style the children loved it and also u can paint ur own China flowers the... More 

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review! The school children that visit make some amazing things in the workshops and it's always lovely to see visitors of all ages enjoying the museum. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

See how pottery was made in one of Stoke-on-Trent's oldest pottery factories, we had a wonder round the gift shop, which is at the end, and i bought a little pencil, and maybe a rubber, i am not sure. The gift shop is a little pricey, but otherwise, this is an amazing place.

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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 really glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

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