Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton

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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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  • August 19, 2017
    My daughter (8 years old) and I visited this brilliant museum yesterday. We had a great experience. My daughter loves interactive museums where she can touch some/many of items on display and where sh...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    A must do if you visit stoke on trent....very informative, very interesting, the place is well laid out and staff are friendly and helpful...good cafe too  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Just back from a fabulous afternoon out at the museum. We weren't sure what to expect, but are all really glad we went. All the staff are very passionate about pottery and also Stoke on Trent, which i...  more »
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  • What a fantastic find. We were looking for a day trip on a wet and windy June day. We drove for nearly two hours and it was worth the drive. It is a gem of a museum, staffed by people who actually worked in the pottery industry. They shared their experiences and gave freely of their time. The gift shop and cafe are excellent and the audio-visual guides are great. I would heartily recommend for a day out, whether young, old or anywhere in between. This is a dying trade but a part of our industrial and artistic heritage. Go and find out about it.
  • What a fantastic museum! We really enjoyed a long day here. You really get the sense of what it was like during its lifetime. The lady that demonstrated the flower making was very interesting to talk to as she revealed it had been her job for many years to make flowers for Royal Doulton! We enjoyed making our own pots on the pottery wheels, which we got to take home. The other highlight was going inside the bottle kilns, very atmospheric. Loads to do here we were here much longer than anticipated. We didn't really do the big flush exhibition justice as the end as we were there so long but that was well worth an hour to look at properly.
  • A very enjoyable visit which lasted longer than we thought it would. Loads to see. Plenty of hands on for children ( and big kids!). Throwing a pot was a highlight.
  • I have a soft spot for old kilns... it's a great place to visit and be reminded of what a significant part the potteries played in the industrial revolution and beyond...
  • Good place to learn about The Potteries. Interesting exhibits. Good cafe, and the kids love to paint pots.

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