Gladstone Pottery Museum
The story of The Potteries, all wrapped up in one unique museum!
Gladstone Pottery Museum is a welcoming, hands-on museum where you can find out all about the history of 'The Potteries'. Discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and giant bottle kilns of the former Gladstone China Works, now preserved as the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country.
Gladstone was not a famous pottery, however it was typical of hundreds of similar factories in the area making everyday ceramic items for the mass market. Experience for yourself what conditions were like for the men, women and children who worked at the centre of the world’s pottery industry.
Watch daily demonstrations of pottery skills and try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating a piece a pottery to create a unique souvenir of your visit for a small extra charge.
There's plenty to see and do with a Doctor's House, Tile Gallery and Flushed with Pride - which tells the story of the toilet!
The Gladstone Shop sells a variety of unusual gifts you won’t find on the high street, including local history books and DVDs and pottery made and decorated at the museum. Our café serves hot and cold food, drinks and cakes which you can enjoy with a view of Gladstone’s famous cobbled courtyard.
The museum has a large free car park on Chadwick Street for visitors and a token can be obtained from Reception to exit the car park. There are also spaces outside the museum entrance for Blue Badge Holders.
Please allow two to three hours for your visit.
The lift in our main building is no longer working and cannot be used to get to the cafe.
There are accessible toilets on the ground floor and we have added some cafe seating in our Foyer for anyone who isn’t able to get to our cafe using the stairs.
Museum visitors are welcome to use the indoor and outdoor picnic areas in the museum and our second floor Flushed with Pride gallery remains fully accessible via its own lifts.
We’re really sorry for any inconvenience but the safety of our visitors is our priority and we are working to improve facilities for everyone.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Gladstone Pottery Museum
- ST3 1PQ
Almost all of the Gladstone site is accessible to wheelchairs and we have a full Access Statement available to download - you can find the link at the bottom of the Gladstone webpage.
- Our admission costs are: Adults: £7.75 Children: £5.40 (4 – 16 years inclusive) Concessions: £6.20 Family Ticket: £23 (2 adults, 2 children) Essential carers are free. The Gladstone Annual Pass is great value at less than the price of two visits for the whole year. Passes cost £11.50 for adults and £9.50 for children/concessions and entitle the user to free entry for 12 months. Full time essential carers are admitted free of charge.
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Gladstone’s Annual Pass provides outstanding value if you plan on visiting the museum more than once. Adult passes cost £11 each – children and concessions £9.25 each – and entitle the user to free entry for 12 months.