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Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh.

Belleek Pottery

Distance from Hotel 42 miles Journey Time 50mins

Introduction to Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre

Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh. Nestling on the banks of the River Erne this imposing building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian china and also to one of Irelands top five visitor attractions.

Visitors Centre Opening Hours

April -June July – August September October Nov – March
Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm 9am – 8pm 9am – 6pm 9am – 5.30pm 9am – 5.30pm
Sat 10am – 6pm 10am – 6pm 10am – 6pm 10am – 5.30pm Closed
Sun 2pm – 6pm 11am – 6pm 2pm – 6pm 2pm – 6pm Closed

Tours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 12.15pm and 2.15pm – 4.15pm. Tours every half hour. Please note that the last tour on Fridays is at 3.30pm.

Tours also now available on Saturdays during June, July and August between 10.30 am and 4.15 pm.

The Centre will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday although there will be no tours available. Our Centre is open all Bank Holidays with the exception of January 1st and March 17th.

90 cover tearoom serving hot lunches, morning and afternoon teas.
Audio-visual presentation in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese

  • Showroom
  • Special car park adjacent to visitors centre for less abled guests
  • 8 space coach park with valeting facilities
  • 100 space car park
  • Open all year round including Bank Holidays
  • Parties of 10 or more telephone prior to visiting
  • Please telephone +44 (0) 28 6865 9300 for further details.

The building which, up until 1988, was used to produce Belleek has since been refurbished internally and features a museum, tearoom, video theatre and showroom.

Upon entering the Centre our guests will first see one of the oldest and most prestigious pieces of Belleek ever made. It is called the Belleek International Centre Piece and was displayed at the Paris Exhibition in the year 1900 where it was awarded its fourth gold medal. The International Centre Piece is believed to have been designed by Frederick Slater who came to Belleek in 1893. It is reported to have taken him seven weeks to create the masterpiece. The creation stands 28 inches high and over 16 inches wide at its widest point. The urn shaped vase is exquisitely decorated with flowers (believed to have been made by William Henshall) and Irish Harps and it rests on a scrolled base which also supports three Irish Wolfhounds. Behind the harps, and forming an integral part of the vase, is a beautiful example of pierced work which would have been popular on a number of early Belleek designs.

Each leaf, flower, harp and Irish Wolfhound was created by hand – even every bead and chain link which is is connected to the wolfhound was created and joined by hand.

The International Centre Piece takes centre stage in the Foyer and, displayed with it, are replicas of the medals. It is indeed a truly amazing piece in every way.

Fo more information visit their website: www.belleek.ie
How To Get To Belleek Pottery

Belleek is situated on the edge of Northern Ireland in the beautiful County of Fermanagh.

Direction from the following main cities/towns are :

Dublin :

Take the N3 North West from Dublin going through the towns of Navan and Kells – heading for Cavan. At a major roundabout before Cavan follow signs for Derrylin and Enniskillen. Continue this route to the outskirts of Enniskillen turning right at another roundabout for Enniskillen. Drive into the town perimeter and then turn left at the bridge on to the A46 for Belleek.
Travel time by car – 3 hours

Belfast :

Take the M1 to Dungannon. Continue on the A4 for approximately 9 miles to the Ballygawley roundabout. Follow the A4 through Augher, Clogher and Fivemiletown until you reach Enniskillen. In Enniskillen follow the signs for Belleek (A46).
Travel time by car – 2 hours.