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Fergusons Irish Linen Factory

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Address: 54 Scarva Road, Banbridge BT32 3QD, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 4062 3491
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Visit the last remaining Irish Linen weaver - Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen

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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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I called into the shop today and o my goodness what a treat. The gentleman that serves also does the tours knowledgable about linen and the process does not come close to this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I called into the shop today and o my goodness what a treat. The gentleman that serves also does the tours knowledgable about linen and the process does not come close to this mans knowledge and passion on the subject. If you love our national material and are still proud that it is produced locally call here it is truly... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second trip to Fergusons, first trip was purely a shopping expedition where I picked up a beautiful tablecloth and about 30 napkins from the bargain bin! I returned with a friend from the US earlier this month to take the factory tour. Tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 2pm, cost £7.50 and need... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Visiting my boyfriend's family in ban ridge, we were looking for things to do and didn't expect to find much locally. Having studied fashion the linen factory looked like it would be of interest to me, my boyfriend agreeing to come along with me. We rung up beforehand and found they were doing a tour at 11. Judith showed us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Visited the Titanic Belfast exhibit and was surprised to learn the linen powerhouse that Ireland was during this era. The irish linens were made for the Titanic and her sister ships for the wonderful tablecloths, napkins, runners etc throughout the ship. It was the finest linen produced anywhere in the world. I was excited to visit a mill but they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Arrived friday mid morning, didn't realise no mill tour, however the person in charge was most accomodating and briefly showed us inside the mill. The linen for sale was of the highest quality and the person we spoke to went out of his way to explain its workings over the years and to suggest other places to visit during our... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Judith took us on a great tour of the plant almost at closing time. Her passion and pride for her craft and company, detailed knowledge of linen, design, the incredible Jacquard looms was evident and a joy to see. Strongly recommend visitors arrive by 1100 as they closed at 1230 on the Friday we visited.

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We did not do the tour of the factory which would have been interesting. However I had a good rake in the bargain box and found some great bits and pieces which I am very pleased with.

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Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

My wife was looking for linen and we spotted this place on the internet. She decided against the factory tour and just wanted to look through the store. There were many completed items, but she zeroed in on the factory seconds. They were not perfect, so they ended up in baskets at a steep discount. She found them quite acceptable... More 

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Banbridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

This is a great spot to visit and the staff are welcoming and it interesting to see. The shop has a good selection and staff do their very best to satisfy.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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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