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Address: 54 Scarva Road, Banbridge BT32 3QD, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 4062 3491
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Visit the last remaining Irish Linen weaver - Thomas Ferguson Irish...

Visit the last remaining Irish Linen weaver - Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen

A visit to Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen offers visitors a rare opportunity to see Irish Linen at its various stages of production. These include design, weaving, specialist cutting, hemming and ornamenting.

In our beautiful Linen Centre you can learn about the rich history of Irish Linen. We also offer a tour around the factory where you can see the actual production of our linens-sewer's busy finishing unique tablecloths, weavers mastering the art of weaving and the thoughtful packaging process. Our knowledgeable tour guide will bring you closer the real history of Irish Linen.

Please book a tour in advanced via email or call our factory and ask for Nigel Spiers.

The Linen Centre also offers a unique shopping opportunity with a whole collection of lovely linen products you can choose from- tablecloths, bedsheets, handkerchiefs and more!

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A mustsee, don't miss it!

We came as a group and were heartly welcomed by the owner's wife for tea and scones. She is a skilled designer. Because it was Haloween the table was set accordingly. A thorough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Oslo, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came as a group and were heartly welcomed by the owner's wife for tea and scones. She is a skilled designer. Because it was Haloween the table was set accordingly. A thorough walk through the factory, a lot of interesting information given, also close watch of the working machinery. Techinques from the start in the 1850's are still in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many thanks Nigel for a first rate visit. You made us feel so welcome. Enjoyed the tour and the craic! Have bought many gifts from the shop. Exquisite linens. We should be shouting out loud about this wonderful place - a must on any tour of N Ireland. Linen production is part of the Province's history .....let's keep it alive.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this factory hoping for a guided tour. We came on the wrong day! Nevertheless we were shown round by Nigel who could not have been more helpful. Then he showed us round the shop describing all the different wares in great detail. We were able to pick up several high quality items at a reasonable price, which we... More 

1 Thank BillandMaryJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

5 of us visited and we all bought some linen. The staff were welcoming but not pushy. We were able to buy some napkins and tray cloths from the 1 pound clearance box. Very happy with our purchases, fortunate to get such good quality Irish Linen to take back to Australia. The factory closes for 2 weeks from today, 10th... More 

3 Thank Susan J
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Happened to be staying near Bainbridge and was told about Fergusons. Wanted to return to Australia with some Irish Linen. Was warned it was expensive but there are also bargain baskets. £ 1 a piece. Mostly napkins and smaller items. I left with 12 large napkins. What a bargain. So happy with my purchases. Very helpful staff and not hurried... More 

4 Thank Linda B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I have visited here several times and each time I'm overwhelmed by the array of products - from damask tablecloths to table runners to linen handkerchiefs the selection is vast. A tour of the factory is a must as technology now plays a big part in the linen industry. The staff are friendly and if Nigel is about no question... More 

Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We just visited the factory shop today. As there was sickness in the staff we were unable to do full tour but a lovely young lady helped us in the shop and gave us a quick look in the factory. As there are a good amount of seconds prices are good. Worth the visit.

2 Thank Bronwyn18
Grovetown, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We had a fantastic tour of this factory. This was definitely a highlight of our 15day trip. Only 5 of us on the tour, perfect number. I would recommend this to anyone traveling in Northern Ireland.

1 Thank Olivebhorton1
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

It is well worth tracking down Fergusons on Scarva Road on the outskirts of Bainbridge. Behind the dull-looking building is what I think it is the only remaining mill in Ireland making linen damask. The factory shop is open all day, and there is a wide range to be bought, ranging from bargains in baskets, right up to high-end table... More 

1 Thank Margaret F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The history of Irish linen production and the method are brought to life here. The tour is very informative and the staff are friendly and enthusiastic. Well worth a visit. Then, there is the lovely outlet shop--- Ali Baba's cave. The quality of the linen is superb. Not to be missed.

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