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Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Gladstone Pottery Museum, a working museum of a medium-sized pottery, displays not only mass-produced pottery but also more artistic pottery, such as the Gladstone Vase by Frederick Alfred Rhead. The museum has also been a filming site for a BBC documentary, "The Worst Jobs in Britain," and an episode of the popular television series, "Doctor Who." The site holds annual events, including Halloween ghost walks and tours, Christmas carol concerts, and seasonal festivals. It also caters to children with Easter egg hunts and summer pottery workshops. In the last few years, the museum has opened Flushed with Pride, a toilet exhibition featuring a Japanese imported toilet and toilets dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. See Gladstone Pottery Museum and all Stoke-on-Trent has to offer by arranging your trip with our Stoke-on-Trent tourist route planner.
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  • 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..  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Excellent museum to spend time in during a day trip. Museum shop offers unique hand crafted gifts, souvenirs and jewellery. It was a surprise to receive a message from them letting me know that the jewellery set that I have been interested in was back in stock. Both purchase over the phone and delivery were speedy.
  • This is a lovely museum with lots to learn about how ceramics used to be made. The bottle kilns are impressive and the demo staff are very skilled.
  • 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 for the these oatcakes, so it seemed fitting to try them. After lunch, we made our around the museum, you are issued with a numbered map, so it's easy to get around and keep track of what you've seen. You can walk inside a bottle pottery oven and get a sense of what it must have been like before the fifties. Most of these structures were pulled down, but there are several at Gladstone to explore. There are several practical demonstrations with staff happy to show throwing vases, painting pottery, moulding and crafting flowers from clay (which had to be made within a minute or you were out of a job!) For a few pounds extra, you can have a go at some of these. Throwing a pot is good fun and whilst you can't get it fired there, you can take home your own creation. Gladstone was a good trip out, probably not interesting for younger children, but certainly for people interested in the heritage of the potteries. We spent about 4.5hrs there, so plenty to look at.
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  • Excellent experience with fantastic products to see and watch the process of the famous historical company, excellent direct FIRST Bus networks with cheap day and family tickets