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  • Wheelchair / Pushchair Accessible
  • Suitable for Families
  • Drop-in-session
  • Wet Weather

Sharpe’s Pottery Museum is nestled in the market town of Swadlincote at the heart of The National Forest.
Explore the iconic grade II listed Bottle Kiln and discover stories of the Sharpe’s family toilet invention. You will also learn about the significant changes from 19th century coal mining, clay extraction and associated industrial activity in South Derbyshire, to a 21st century sustainable landscape led by the creation of The National Forest!
The beautiful shop at the Museum is the perfect place to find that special souvenir from your visit or a gift for family and friends and support local makers from ceramics to jewellery and prints that are unique.
Sweet Caroline is open at Sharpe's Pottery Museum offering everything from soups, sandwiches and delicious sweet treats!
Afternoon teas are now available to pre-book! Check their Facebook page for the latest menus and opening times! Free complimentary Wi-Fi.

Important information for wheelchair users: Safety of our visitors is Sharpe's first priority and unfortunately due to the nature and design of this building, they can only safely evacuate two wheelchair users from the upper floors of the museum. Therefore, for safety reasons they can only accept two wheelchair users onto the upper floors of the building at any one time in order to guarantee your welfare in the event of an emergency.



Opening days and times may change during the winter months. Please check the official website for up to date opening times. 

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Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

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