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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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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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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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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Caroline U
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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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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Reviewed 1 week 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week 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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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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Reviewed 1 week 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good view at the district's history. Potteries, canals etc. Exhibits easily understood making it suitable for children to vist, hands on opportunities such as making pottery or painting it. A street scene to walk through th experience the sounds and smells of homes in Victorian times. A comprehensive toilet collection through the ages. A nice day out.

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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 pleased to hear that you enjoyed the museum and had a nice day out. More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum that has staff dressed in character you can make pots or flowers..Paint Pottery.. the most amusing part is the history of the toilet..complete with a smelly display..

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

Thank you very much for your review, we're glad you enjoyed the museum. We'll next be having costumed characters during our summer events and 'Toby Jugg' will be along to tell visitors all about what it was like to work in the bottle ovens. More 

Madeley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandchildren (12 and 8) to see what a pot bank looked like. It's far more than a look at history, it's an interactive experience. The kids had a go at throwing and painting and the staff were lovely with them, really helping them to produce something they could be proud of. We made some lovely memories that... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your kind words. It was great to hear that you made lovely memories (and pots!) with your grandchildren and we are very pleased you enjoyed visiting. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Born in Longton, I found the visit very good. I saw things that reminded me of the past, I saw the inside of a cold bottle oven, you can see the double structure. When hot don't get close.

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

Thank you for your review and we were glad to hear that you enjoyed the museum. We wouldn't have wanted to get close to a hot bottle oven either but some of our volunteers (who were part of the group who saved the site from demolition) took part in the last ever bottle oven firing 1978. More 

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