De Delftse Pauw

There were many factories in the 17th century that produces Delftware. Nowadays, there are very few companies that still produces them entirely hand painted, and Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw is one of them.

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We initially wanted to go to Royal Delft which I had been to before. My mother loves potteries and I wanted to bring her there but we keyed in the wrong address in the GPS and ended up here. Somehow we always end up accidentally finding Delft pottery places. Same thing happened before when I went to Royal Delft. We got lost and found it. That’s another story for another day. Now, this place is also a Delft Pottery factory but smaller and more charming. The special here is the peacock design. The building faces this canal here. 

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Established in 1650, this place is located along the”De Vliet”canal in a traditional Dutch building. We saw some people practicing canoeing and some pretty ducks. The people practicing canoeing were really friendly. They waved at us when they saw us taking photos.

The blue and white building is just so pretty! Here, there is a free guided tour every 10 minutes. The staff at the reception were all very helpful and friendly. We waited for awhile and a group of students came for a tour and joined us. We went up the narrow steps and were shown around the factory and the tour guide explained about how Delftware is made.

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It takes a high degree of skill to paint Delftware where the designs are really intricate. We were shown samples of the work in different stages. At the top of the building lies the show room and gift shop. There were so many beautiful Delftware. You can buy some at factory prices.

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Unlike Royal Delft, admission to this Delftware factory is free. If you want to learn or know more about Delftware and are on a budget and want to do it for free, this is the place to go. It is smaller though and its not so crowded as Royal Delft.


Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw

Address: Delftweg 133, 2289 BD Rijswijk (Delft Noord)


How to get there:

By car:

  • HIghway A13 – Den Haag – Rotterdam.
  • Exit Delft Noord in the direction to Delft, follow signs “Delfts Pottery de Delfse Pauw.
  • GPS navigation code (zipcode/postal code) : 2289 BD – Delftweg 133, Rijswijk (ZH) – Delftweg 133

By tram:

  • Tram No. 1 or No. 19 – stop at “Brasserskade”

Operating Hours:

Low season: 1st November to 22nd March

  • 9.00am to 4.30pm – Monday to Friday
  • 11.00am to 1.00pm – Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

High season: 23rd March to 31st October

  • 9.00am to 4.30pm – Monday to Friday
  • 9.00am to 4.30pm – Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays


Admission Fees:

  • Free

Parking Fees:

  • Free parking

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