Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum first started off as a factory in 1787 and was later converted into a a working museum in 1974. Located in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, the museum holds various activities for its visitors such as tours, video demonstrations, kids painting activities and throwing a pot amongst others. Visiting Gladstone, has always been one of our favourite places to visit especially during term breaks and when kids are itching to do some pottery related activities. There is always something fun to do there, such as themed activities, free balloons, free face paintings, free magic shows, trails for a small fee and pottery painting which cost between £1 – £3.

I would totally recommend getting a family ticket if you, like us, love all things pottery. The ticket will enable you to visit the place all year around for a fixed fee. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids would cost you £22.


As you enter in the museum you will see a beautiful visitor’s shop where you will be spoilt for choices when it comes to souvenirs. The reception acts as the ticket counter as well as the cashier for purchased items. You can also find out what is happening for the day, get a map etc. from the staff who are very informative and helpful. You will be next guided to the video room, situated just behind the reception desk to watch a short video on the history of Gladstone Pottery.


The kids could not wait to add another painted clay item into their already large collection at home. They both choose a cat which cost £1. The paints were free, the kids also had aprons to wear to keep themselves clean. The room has lots of paper towels as well as a sink if your kids to find themselves covered in paint. Once your items is dry, you can pack it up in a brown bad and take it with you.

I love the mural in the pottery room. The staff are super friendly and will come around to help you if you need any guidance. There is also a corner with colouring activities for those who would like to colour pictures instead.


Although we have been to Gladstone many times now, we never got around to visit the museum as we always had some other activities to participate in. This time we decided to do the tour. Lots of rooms are available showing the history of the place. This particular room had lots of the types of tiles which we used through out the years. Kids also had a go at the spinning wheel. They did the trail hence were very excited to discover hidden alphabets in each section of the museum.


Here’s a short video if you enjoy listening to the sound of the equipment used at the factory.


I love that there are lots of things around the museum to keep the kids entertained. They discovered another section with colouring crayons to entertain themselves as we adults walked around the see / read the history of the museum. Love the Last Supper glass mosaic mural.
Photos of the doctor’s room, which gives lots of information, posters and videos on what types of injuries were sustained and how the doctor tended to each case.  More photos of the participants throwing a pot, and views inside the kiln.
Photos taken at the museum, visitors could also learn to make flowers, sample pots as well as a photo of the video presentation room. Its a great place to head to no matter what the weather is or as a school educational trip.
* The museum has its own car park on Chadwick Street. Usually we just park up and collect the free token (at reception) before we exit. Its just a couple of minutes walk from the  museum.
* We always tend to give the museum a call or check their website out on their activities before we head there. There are usually different things happening each day.
*Stop by the cafe for a lovely pot of tea or to grab a bite.
*There are lots of interactive videos available in the different rooms, get the kids to participate by pressing the buttons and listening to the audio/video footage.
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. Do make a trip to Gladstone Pottery if you can. Its worth the visit.
Where is Gladstone Pottery Museum?
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road, Longton
Tel: 01782 237777
What are their Opening Times?
Tuesdays to Saturdays and Bank Holidays (They are closed on Mondays)
Museum : 10am to 4pm (Between October to March and extended until 5pm from April to September)

Tea room: 11am to 3.30pm (Between October to March and extended until 5pm from April to September

What are Gladstone Pottery Museum’s Admission Costs?
Adults: £7.50
Children: £5.25 (4 to 16 years)
Family Ticket: £22 (2 adults, 2 children)
(Concession tickets available)

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