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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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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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Viewing the pottery industry as it was.

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Thelma T
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks 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 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have always lived near this museum yet have never visited. Finally took my 11 year old son during a nasty February day. We were there for hours. My boy made a pot, painted a flower and was allowed to play with lots of the equipment on display. So glad we chose to buy a year pass (very reasonable price)... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We're really pleased that we improved a nasty February day for you and your son and we hope to see you again soon! You can visit as often as you want for 12 months with our annual pass and we always have plenty on in the school holidays and in between. More 

Aldershot
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum really made you understand and sympathize with life working in the potteries. We are so lucky that the buildings were saved from demolition as it helps you imagine how hard life must have been, add to this the video clips and telephone conversations you can see and hear, you are really transported back in time. There really is... More 

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

We try and tell the story of what life was like for pottery workers and it's great for us as staff to read a review that makes us feel we have succeeded! Thank you very much for your review, we appreciate your kind words and were very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taking friends who were visiting from down south. They were very impressed with the staff there who were very knowledgable about the industry. Great building and wonderful, nostalgic atmosphere

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

It's lovely to hear that you and your visiting friends enjoyed the museum. Thank you for your review and your kind comments. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and informative, was rushed around a little due to having a hungry 6 year old! Could have spent longer. The only criticism is there is not enough space in the cafe, it was half term for some schools and they only had one person on the counter and no where to sit so we left and went elsewhere.

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

Thank you very much for your review and we are really pleased that you found the museum interesting and informative. We're sorry you weren't able to use our café, we are limited with space and it can get very busy during school holidays. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go back in time to Gladstone Pottery where working conditions were harsh industrial desease was the norm for early workers,fascinating and educational ,give yourself a good four hours to see this museum, reasonably priced in fact we upgraded to an annual fee as we needed more time ,you can make a pot if you want to ,also demonstrations in pottery... More 

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

Thank you for giving us such a great rating and for your review. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Now that you have Annual Passes we hope you enjoy some of the great activities and events we have coming up and look forward to welcoming you to the museum again soon! More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely museum with informative displays along with hands on things to do and see. The staff all know their subjects very well. I could have stood all day watching the talented lady make pretty pottery flowers. Incredible!

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Thank catherinesX223EU
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and rating. The flowermakers are fascinating to watch and we were glad you enjoyed the museum. More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We live within walking distance of the museum but never been until now. From the minute you go in it's like a goldmine of historical info and visual things to explore, we absolutely loved it. We visited on a Tuesday and it was really quiet which was good for us, you get a map and visit the numbered areas of... More 

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

We're so glad you loved it and we look forward to welcoming you back! Thank you very much for your review. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lived here 50 plus years, first time visit. Whilst I've been to a number of industrial museums, even worked in the pottery industry, I have to say this is a tremendous way to get to see the entire journey taken to create your plates and cups. The site is accessible by public transport and once in, you're whisked through nearly... More 

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

Very glad you made it to Gladstone! Thank you very much for your lovely review and we look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Stoke-On-Trent
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Great to see how things were back in the day. How those poor people had to toil and work for a pittance. Very informative..and lovely to see the demonstrations how to make pottery and paint them.

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Thank liquidgold1950
Nerys W, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone Pottery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, we were pleased that you enjoyed the museum and the demonstrations. Life was very hard for pottery workers at factories like Gladstone China, thankfully for us the museum is now a lovely place to work. More 

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