World of Wedgwood

The Midlands & the Marches

Set in attractive parkland 8 miles south of Hanley, the modern production centre for Josiah Wedgwood's porcelain empire displays an extensive collection of historic pieces, including plenty of Wedgwood's delicate, neoclassical blue-and-white jasperware at its museum. On weekdays, there are self-guided factory tours and first-come, first-served guided factory tours lasting one hour. Pot throwing and design workshops take place at its Master Craft and Decorating studios.

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Nearby The Midlands & the Marches attractions

1. Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

4.72 MILES

For a thorough overview of the Potteries area's history, this museum and gallery houses an extensive ceramics display, from Toby jugs and jasperware to…

2. Ancient High House

10.56 MILES

Built in 1595 and now surrounded by High St shops, the Ancient High House is believed to be the largest remaining timber-framed Tudor town house in…

3. Stafford Castle

10.89 MILES

The hilltop remains of Stafford Castle, a classic Norman moat and bailey, sit romantically in a forest glade 1 mile southwest of town, just off the A518…

4. Alton Towers

11.87 MILES

Phenomenally popular Alton Towers, 4 miles east of Cheadle off the B5032, offers maximum G-force for your buck. Wild rides include the Th13teen, Nemesis,…

5. Shugborough


This regal, neoclassical mansion is the ancestral home of royal photographer Lord Lichfield. A good proportion of the wall space is devoted to his work;…

6. Cosford Royal Air Force Museum

22.32 MILES

This famous aerospace museum 13 miles east of Ironbridge is run by the Royal Air Force, whose pilots steered many of these winged wonders across the skies…

7. Poole's Cavern

22.79 MILES

A pleasant mile-long stroll southwest from the town centre brings you to Poole's Cavern. This magnificent natural limestone cavern is reached by…

8. Pavilion Gardens

23.39 MILES

Adjoining Buxton's opulent opera house are the equally flamboyant Pavilion Gardens. These 9.3 hectares are dotted with domed pavilions; concerts take…