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About Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery, situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stoke-on-Trent, was built by Burgess and Leigh in the late nineteenth century. The Grade II* listed Pottery is the UK’s last working Victorian potbank in continuous production. After 130 years, Middleport Pottery remains home to world-famous ‘Burleigh’ pottery.

Through public and private funding, Middleport Pottery was saved from closure and underwent substantial remodelling and renovation, transforming it into a visitor attraction and centre for creative businesses.

Middleport Pottery is now an award-winning visitor destination based in the heart of the potteries.

how busy is Middleport Pottery?


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Amber = Moderate - Getting busier but still lots of space available around the site.

Red = Busy. We are controlling access to the site to support visitor safety. Please consider visiting on a different day. Thank you.

Last updated: 3pm, 1st of December 2021

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Middleport Pottery Interactive Map


Middleport On The Move Virtual Tour

The Middleport Pottery factory tour is unique. It offers the chance to see Burleigh pottery being made using the same traditional methods as in the 1880s.

Our virtual 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 including the unique method of decoration, underglaze 'tissue-transfer' - the only place in the world where this technique is still being used.

As a unique addition to the virtual tour, you will also be guided around the heritage areas of the Middleport Pottery site, including our famous bottle kiln and bath house.


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