One one of the best-known names in the Staffordshire Potteries, with a history reaching back to 1775. Throughout much of the twentieth century it remained a family firm producing high quality traditional wares whilst experimenting with modern shapes and designs. Aynsley has been honoured to supply specially commissioned tableware to Royalty, governments and companies all over the world.
Portland Works Sutherland Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1HS
A unique experience and a great day-out for the whole family. Following the path from clay right through to a finished product, you see a reconstruction of the inside of a bottle oven, including Josiah Wedgwood´s own kiln that was discovered by the Time Team. Learn about the different processes that go into the manufacture of ceramics and how modern technology is playing a vital role in the ceramic industries future. Listen to local people reminisce their most fond memories of working or living in the Potteries, read the news on Ceramica TV or take a flying carpet ride over Burslem.
Market Place, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3DS
Churchill China´s Factory Outlet Centre
Churchill China is one of the world´s major manufacturers and distributors of high quality ceramic tableware. Based in Stoke on Trent, Churchill can trace its development back to 1795 and has progressively, built a reputation as an innovative and reliable supplier of quality products. The factory shops are packed to the rafters with genuine end-of lines and stock excesses, all reduced to clear. There is also a huge selection of complete dinnerware ranges with prices to suit every pocket. Whether it is a new dinner service you´re looking for or a gift, a visit to Churchill Factory Shops is well worth while.
Marlborough Pottery, High Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5NZ
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
Probably Britain´s most complete Victorian steam pumping station. Two pumping beam engines, two Lancashire boilers and twenty other steam engines are now fully operational. The Victorian workshop has lathes, shapers, slotters and wibblers, all working away powered by the fine Vernon & Guest vertical steam engine. A Crompton electrical generator of 1889 was installed at Claymills in 1900 to work the, then new fangled, electric lighting and it still works. Children can start a small steam engine and rides behind a model traction engine are also sometimes offered. Refreshments are available and you can browse in our second hand bookshop.
Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent, DE13 0DA
Foxfield Light Railway
The Foxfield Railway is a preserved Steam Railway in North Staffordshire. Formerly built to carry coal, it now carries visitors on a five mile round journey through the picturesque Staffordshire Moorland scenery. The railway is home to some 28 Steam, Diesel and Electric locomotives along with a wide variety of Coaches and Freight vehicles. Steam railways have a following throughout the world and while many people are fascinated by the speed and power of the mainline locomotive, there are also many enthusiasts who enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the industrial railway. One of the best places to experience the genuine industrial railway of the past is at the Foxfield Railway.
Foxfield, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8YP
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Originally the Gladstone Works, started in the 1780s. The ovens were last fired in 1960. The Museum was opened in 1974 and is the last remaining Victorian pottery factory complete with traditional coal burning bottle ovens. The new exhibition called `Flushed With Pride´ tells the story of the toilet and contains the most comprehensive collection of historic toilets in the world. Live demonstrations by expert staff and audio-visual tours show visitors the skills of the potteries. Gladstone also has the nationally recognised collections of decorated tiles, now redisplayed in the new Tile Gallery.
Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Home of the world´s finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics, including the National Minton Collection. Discover the story of Stoke-on-Trent´s people, products and landscapes through imaginative displays of local history, archaeology, geology and wildlife. Explore the rich collections of paintings, prints, drawings, costume and glass in the Art Gallery. From ancient Roman pots to a Mark XVI Spitfire, from a Staffordshire Wallaby to our famous slipware Owl Jug and from a Rodin bronze to a popular dolls´ house. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, touch-screen computers and a lively programme of events and exhibitions.
Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW
A Norman Stone motte and bailey fortress. Standing on the motte are the remains of a massive hall-keep build in 1348. After the civil war, the slighted remains were given an extensive 19th century gothic reconstruction. Lower down the hillside are the earthworks of two large and impressive baileys. Try on armour and costume, see finds from the archeological dig
Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 1DJ
The Wedgwood Visitor Centre & Wedgwood Museum
The Wedgwood Visitor Centre is home to the internationally renowned ceramic company, situated in the Heart of England and well served by main rail and road links. The company story is told through interactive displays, film presentations, audio-guided exhibitions and factory tour. Visitors can create their own unique peice of Wedgwood in the demonstration area and shop in our best and seconds retail outlets, both offering tax reclaim and shipping services. Our self-service restaurant caters for both individuals and pre-booked groups and the waitress-served Wedgwood Tea Room serves traditional English high teas.
Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, ST12 9ES
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