Etruria - Stoke-on-Trent

Etruria - Stoke-on-Trent

Lower Bedford Street, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7AF. Look out for signs to Etruria Industrial Museum.

Our education visits to Etruria have been specifically designed to help your class or group learn while having lots of FUN! These visits are led by Canal & River Trust, Etruria Flint Mill and Etruria Boat Group. Education volunteers from all three partners lead enjoyable and inspiring workshops at Etruria. Your class will take a stroll along the towpath to learn how locks work, step back in time meeting characters from Etruria Flint Mill and when available, step onboard a Heritage Boat.


Our workshops and resources are linked to the National Curriculum and include topics such as Local History, STEM, Art & Design, Canals and Rivers and Water Safety.

Your class will enjoy a guided walk exploring both the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Caldon Canal. Children learn about our engineering heroes James Brindley and Josiah Wedgwood and discover how locks work.

Discover how materials were transported to and from the potteries by boat. Find out how people look after the canal today and protect the environment for its growing wildlife.

This visit offer is for KS1 & 2 children. Our visits run from April to October half term. They are available one day per week, during term time.

Due to the limited space we are only able to offer this to one class/30 children per visit.

Waterside visit overview;

Full day:10am – 2pm

Half day:10am – 12noon & 1-3pm (2 hour visit)

Learning Resources

Use the following resources to support learning on your visit and back in the classroom:

Life on the English Waterways

All About Canals

All About James Brindley

Find out more about pioneering canal engineer James Brindley.


We offer free preliminary visits and our website features downloadable trails/activities suitable for pre-visit planning or follow-up work.

The museum has a car park, which schools and coaches can use during their visit. Toilets are available on-site, along with indoor workshop space.


The visit has a nominal fee of £40 per class (30 children). This is paid to the Etruria Industrial Museum and enables us to use the car park, toilets, and workshop space.