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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
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

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


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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Interesting tour

Visited with a group and we had a tour round the factory. Guide Andy was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Best thing was finding out they made all the guide and scout badges... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 4, 2016
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Washington, DC
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on the way to Dublin from Derry. The factory was hard to find as it's located off the beaten path. We picked out a few napkins from the 1 pound bin only to have them taken away by an employee, who informed us that the linens were misplaced. The same employee was disgruntled as she complained about... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Save the time and trouble locating this place. Manager rudely gossiped about other customers, snatched items from us, baited and switched increasing prices as she complained endlessly. Prices are inflated. We left empty handed after receiving very rough treatment. We do not recommend this business.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Visited with a group and we had a tour round the factory. Guide Andy was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Best thing was finding out they made all the guide and scout badges there which was cool as we all had connections with guiding and scouting. Well worth a visit.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

We had a great personalised tour of Fergusons Irish Linen. Huge thanks to Andy and Judith who showed us around at the end of their day. Really enjoyed seeing all the different looms working and appreciating the different fabrics that can be interwoven with linen. What amazing designs they create! Wonderful to see how they support fashion designers and movie... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the few places (the only place?) that still makes Irish linen in Northern Ireland. We took a tour of the factory and saw the care they take to ensure top quality. Our tour guide Nigel was a wonderful host. If you want good quality linen this is the place to shop. The shop had a variety... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Toured the factory with the owner Judith who provided an inspirational tour filled with amazing tales of those for whom they have made their linen and immense passion about the quality and the future of the business. This is a must see if you are in Northern Ireland. The process and the weaving machinery are amazing to watch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Went with my linen-aholic wife to visit Ferguson's. The factory tour is worth booking, to see the traditional side of linen weaving and the most modern, in Ireland's last damask weaving mill. The guides are pleasant and knowledgeable and Nigel made us warmly welcome. We visited the factory shop - an Aladdin's Cave of linen, most exciting are the baskets... More 

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Middlewich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

interesting tour of works . The leader of the tour was pleasant and helpful. He then took us to the factory shop and explained what to buy and checked seconds to find the best

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

I had done the excellent factory tour here on a previous visit to Banbridge, but made a return trip to see what the shop had to offer. I am fan of Irish Linen huckaback towels in particular and I was delighted to find a great selection on offer, from samples in the "bargain basket" to newly available natural coloured huck... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

The Shop at Fergusons Irish Linen Factory is more than worth a trip to Banbridge. Linen was the core of Irish industrial production; the factories provided work and linens for stable, dining, bedroom and bath. Most of the linen factories are now gone from both the North and the Republic sacrificed to cheaper production in China. But Fergusons remains; and... More 

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