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Gladstone Pottery Museum

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Address: 26 Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ, England
Phone Number: +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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Pot Throwing, Flower Painting, Bottom Knocking Fun

We travelled to Gladstone Pottery as a day trip, arriving about 1:30pm. We initially dropped into the cafe and were warmly greeted by the owner. The cafe is a fairly basic... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 April 2016
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Worcestershire, UK
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Worcestershire, UK
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

We travelled to Gladstone Pottery as a day trip, arriving about 1:30pm. We initially dropped into the cafe and were warmly greeted by the owner. The cafe is a fairly basic affair with a few options of sandwiches and jacket potatoes, however they did have local oatcakes which were a cross between pikelets and pancakes. Apparently, Staffordshire is the origin... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your time at the museum and café - thanks for making the trip to visit us. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

We visited here at easter and I was pleasantly surprised. I had 3 children with me of different ages and they loved it. The pottery painting and pot throwing was great. The staff were very friendly and very helpful with all the children. There is a lot to do here. We loved it xx

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Thank KellyT33
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a lovely review - we were very pleased to hear that you and your children had enjoyed the visit and made their own special souvenirs of Gladstone. More 

Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is an excellent venue and good fun. You can throw your own pot - a potter shows you how. However the other staff who are demonstrating were not very welcoming and seemed keen to tell everyone that soon it would be their lunchtime and they would be off for an hour. Surely, if you have customers, you delay your... More 

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Thank JillyAnn2015
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and we're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We're sorry that you felt the demonstration staff were not welcoming in telling you their lunchtimes. We print the demonstration lunch breaks on the map which guides visitors around our site so it's not possible to delay or change the times. The staff are... More 

London
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

This museum site is truly excellent if you are looking for the story of the Potteries, its products and its people. We spent almost three hours here recently and were totally absorbed and fascinated by the experience. It doesn't stint on the bad sides of life in the early days (or the smells!) and for that the curators should be... More 

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We try very hard to show our visitors what life was really like for workers in factories like Gladstone China and it was great to hear that you'd enjoyed your visit to us, and Stoke-on-Trent. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

I had not visited the museum before, but I was pleased how good it is. There is much to see of the whole pottery manufacturing process. From looking in the bottle oven to watching ceramic flowers being made. There is also a large section on toilet ware manufacture too. A great place for all the family!

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

Thank you very much for your review of the museum - we were really pleased that you enjoyed it and that you think we're a great place for all the family. More 

Somerset
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

I visited Gladstone with my husband & our two sons, alongside 5 other family members. We all had a great time!! First I should let you know that there is ample parking available around the back! I am a born & bred Stokie, however my sons are not. I wanted to show them some of Stokes Pottery History when we... More 

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

Thank you very much for coming to visit us and for posting such a lovely review. We were really thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed it so much at the museum, the café are also very pleased you liked the scones! More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

went with son and his girlfriend who are at uni and daughter painted pottery and threw a few pots lots of hands on stuff to do nice cafe very interesting for all ages

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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 pleased to hear that you enjoyed the museum and café. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

This working museum is amazing, it really puts you back in time to when the potteries were in full firing mode. The people of Stoke-on-Trent are obviously very proud of their contribution to the heart and lungs of the industrial revolution that made Britain Great - well done for showing this off and opening my eyes to what an important... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review and rating. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your museum and we're very proud of the industrial contribution of Stoke-on-Trent so it's nice to hear it shows! More 

Suffolk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

I had seen the museum on the internet and thought it would be an interesting place to visit with an 8 and almost 12 year old and it certainly was, it didn't disappoint! We didn't arrive until 2pm due to traffic, but even so were able to see all the demonstrations as well as being able to have a go... More 

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

We're very glad you visited and had a good time. Thank you very much for your lovely review, we really appreciate your kind words. More 

Crewe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

This is a fantastic reminder of times gone by,it offers plenty of activities and a wide selection of pottery demonstrations to help you appreciate how the pottery went from a lump of clay to the finished glazed products.

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

Thank you very much for reviewing us - we were really glad to hear that you enjoyed the museum. More 

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