The Hanley and Gladstone Potteries Museum in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, is one of the best museums dedicated to the history of the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area, known as 'The Potteries'. The museum shows how stunning bone china was produced during the Victorian Era in the workshops and kilns of the hugely successful Gladstone China Works, the last Victorian ceramics factory left in the United Kingdom.
Every day the museum runs pottery demonstrations and gives its visitors the opportunity to make a bone china flower, decorate a pre-made piece of pottery or even to thrown their own pot on the wheel.
The museum shop sells a wide range of original items such as unique pieces of pottery produced by the museum itself. If you want to learn more then you can also pick up DVDs and books on the history of the local pottery industry.
Easy to Get to By Car or Bus
It's easy to get to Longton by car as it's very close to Junction 24a of the M1 and Junctions 15 and 16 of the M6. The closest train station is Longton, which is only 10 minutes from the museum on foot. There are also regular buses from the centre of Stoke on Trent, and you'll find parking for Blue Badge holders and cycle racks at the front of the building.
There is free parking for museum customers on Chadwick Street while the museum itself is found on Uttoxter Road, and is closed on Sundays and Mondays. It’s open all year round and, between October and April, the museum opens at 10am and shuts at 4pm. From April to September it opens at 10am and closes at 5pm. You should set aside around two to three hours to fully explore the exhibits and experience everything the Hanley Potteries Museum has to offer.
If you want to stay in the local area then you have a great choice of hotels. Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding towns and villages have lots of good quality hotels on offer, ranging from two star chain hotels right up to independent five star hotels offering the best in luxury accommodation.