Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre

3 Main Street, Belleek, Fermanagh
Tel:028-68659300

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A visit to Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, is the perfect way for you to spend a day out, with fun for all the family.

A Memorable Christmas at Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre
As we complete our year of celebrations at Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre for the 160th anniversary of Belleek, we are marking the season with a very memorable Christmas event at Belleek.

During the 160 years of the pottery’s existence it is estimated that more 20, 000 people have worked there. To complete this year of celebration we have installed 160 lights across the pottery that will shine on this day to commemorate those who have gone before and those who continue to work in the pottery. 

Join us on Friday 15th December for an afternoon of Christmas Celebrations with a Classic Carol Service performed by the Choir of St Marys High School, Brollagh, who will delight visitors with a carol service of old favourites.

Our Very Memorable Christmas Event will continue with traditional refreshments and seasonal sweet treats served in our restaurant.
4.30pm – Carol Service to begin
5.15pm – Carol Service to end
Admission – £5.00

Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support



Belleek Potterys' Newly Launched Bloomfield Trail (A Trail for Younger Visitors) - Not to be missed!

During 2017, Belleek Pottery celebrates 160 years in business. Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre have been working hard to bring visitors new and exciting experiences to make their visit even more enjoyable. 

This year the newly launched Bloomfield Trail is proving to be very popular with families with younger children.  Called after the John Caldwell Bloomfield, founder of Belleek Pottery, The Bloomfield Trail has been developed primarily to accommodate younger visitors to the pottery telling the story of how the pottery is made using the character of Mr Bloomfield.

A series of 16 hand drawn, colourful ceramic plaques are located at key points on the pottery tour.  Head of Design at Belleek, Fergus Cleary created the animations of the Bloomfield Trail taking inspiration from a series of old photographs dating back to 1857.

Children are provided with a trail map at reception so that as they accompany adults on the traditional Belleek factory tour they are looking, searching and identifying the plaques. 

Whilst the traditional tour has welcomed thousands of school groups, families and many youth groups, it can often be a little more challenging for children under the age of 10 years.  The Bloomfield Trail aims to hold the attention of younger visitors and explains the process of making the pottery in a more child friendly manner as each plaque is inscribed with a short piece of text explaining the accompanying image.

 

ONE SIXTY Photographic Exhibition

ONE SIXTY is a collection of moments and memories telling the story of Belleek Pottery over 16 decades. The story is told through photographs and we are delighted with the response we received from people across the community who contributed so many images to make this exhibition possible.

ONE SIXTY showcases the people, scenery and industrial heritage of the Pottery. We have gathered photos showing the many, many faces that have worked in the pottery over the years, including an early 1900’s staff photo.

Of course the Belleek Pottery story continues to live on through the people who work here, our customers and visitors for without them we would not be here to celebrate this special anniversary.

THE BELLEEK EXPERIENCE

Begin your visit with an interactive guided tour.  Visitor Centre Guides will take you on a 30 minute pottery tour where you will see the 16 steps of how this world famous product is created.  Some of the skills demonstrated, you will see moulding, flowering, painting and basket weaving.  You will also have the opportunity to see the Belleek craftsmen and women at work highlighting the skill involved in every process.  Visitor participation is encouraged throughout the tour, glazing product and breaking pieces that do not meet the required standard. 

As one of Northern Ireland’s most recognised tourist attractions, visitors and locals continue to flock to the visitor centre.  What makes the visitor experience most interesting for those who visit is the combined presentation of industrial heritage, design and craftsmanship.

As the oldest working pottery in Ireland, the heritage of Belleek is hard to ignore.  In addition to the displays of exquisite craftsmanship, a 20 minute audio visual presentation will inform you of the rich history of the pottery from its beginnings in the mid 1800’s right the way through to present day.

Once you have completed your tour, you can enjoy a little retail therapy in the Belleek Showroom where you have the opportunity to purchase from our exclusive range.  A selection of pieces only available at the Visitor Centre can be purchased, packaged and posted for your convenience.  A wide range of giftware including pottery and jewellery as well as oven and tableware are on offer.

To complete your visit why not take a little time out at our Belleek Tea Room where you can enjoy some well-deserved refreshments from our savoury and sweet menu served on our Belleek tableware range.

We want to ensure your visit to us is as easy as possible, that’s why our visitor centre facilities are situated entirely across ground floor level.

We look forward to welcoming you t

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Opening hours

January - February
Mon-Fri: 9am-5.30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

March - June
Mon-Fri: 9am-5.30pm
Saturday: 10am-5.30pm
Sunday: 10am-5.30pm

July - September
Mon-Fri: 9am-6.00pm
Saturday: 10am-6.00pm
Sunday: 12pm-5.30pm

October - December
Mon-Fri: 9am- 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am-5.30pm
Sunday: 2pm-5.00pm

Latitude: 54.4800769

Longitude: -8.0948138