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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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Beautiful historical site

The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a beautiful and well preserved historical site; it is like walking on to a film set. The museum has an informative self guided tour, pottery... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 June 2016
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a beautiful and well preserved historical site; it is like walking on to a film set. The museum has an informative self guided tour, pottery demonstrations and interactive workshops throughout the day, various exhibitions and a pottery shop. You can even go into the bottle kilns - definitely worth a visit!

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

Thank you very much for your review or the museum - it does feel a bit like stepping back in time when you visit Gladstone and we're glad you enjoyed it! More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Visited Gladstone with my mother and little sister. The staff seemed friendly, but the place itself I found quite boring personally. I was looking forward to trying my hand at making some pottery, but all the potters were on their lunch break, so I was unable to try it out.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. We're sorry it wasn't what you expected - we try to tell the story of 'The Potteries' in an interesting and engaging way with plenty of hands on activities. Our demonstration staff do take set lunch breaks and these are marked on the visitor map and staggered so there are... More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Really interesting day out with lots to see and friendly staff demonstrations of slip casting throwing and flower making on the day we visited, lovely to see all the stages of production explained so well. great cafe with lots of space and reasonable prices.

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

Thank you very much for your great review and lovely comments about the museum and café - we're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

We enjoy visiting Gladstone two or three times a year, and, not having been in 2016, we decided to call in yesterday, during the school holidays. Nice to see a good number of visitors of all ages enjoying themselves, and this gave a great atmosphere. As always, lots to see, clear explanations of the old methods of pottery production and... More 

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review and your kind words about Gladstone, we really appreciate it. We had a successful half term and it was great to see our visitors enjoying the museum. Our Operations team and volunteers work hard to keep everything looking ship shape on site so it was lovely to hear that you thought it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place to visit. Steeped in history. Really nice people working there. Added bonus a lovely cafe. Would recommend a visit to anyone coming to the Potteries.

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

Thank you for your review and recommendation. It was lovely to read your kind comments about the museum, our staff and the café. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Went with school many many times and it's a very educational place. Would recommend to anyone after learning about the potteries heritage.

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

Thank you for your great review, rating and recommendation! More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

I recently visited the museum with my parents. We were all impressed by the experience as we thought that the mixture of information boards, films and demonstrators were a wonderful combination and made our visit a memorable one!

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

Thank you very much for your review and rating. It was lovely to hear that you and your parents enjoyed the museum - we're very pleased that it was a memorable trip! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

It was excellent with working models. Staff were friendly. It had a great cafe as well. Information boards were best in class. We learnt so much in just three hours

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

Thank you very much for your review and rating. It's always lovely to read such nice comments and we were very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Gladstone is not a million miles from where I live. Even though I am a local girl, I still found it all so fascinating to go back in time to see how our pottery used to be made. There are demonstrations going on where in some cases, you can join in and have a go at making a pot on... More 

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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 found the museum fascinating. The have-a-go activities are a great way to make a unique souvenir and we're glad your grandchildren enjoyed them. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

The Gladstone Pottery Museum is like a time capsule and an absolute "must" for anyone interested in the history of the Stoke area or pottery in general. We were able to get close to pottery being made, just as it has for generations. Well worth you time, and very "child-friendly."

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit! More 

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