Before putting together these great books, I had done a lot of visiting around tourist attractions with which I have got a great affection for. I will always stand by the statement that a Top 100 Attraction is one that is still on your mind long after you have visited it. The Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre is a fine example of that statement. John Caldwell Bloomfield in my mind is right up there with the likes of John Cadbury and Lord Leverhulme. Not only did he have a passion for pottery but he also had a great passion for his local community for whom he provided much needed work. I absolutely loved my time here and I found it all so interesting. Not only do they have a great museum but their pottery tour was amazing. Together with a great shop and tearoom, I'm sure you will also enjoy your visit here.
Belleek Pottery (established in 1857) is part of a group of 3 companies which includes Aynsley China in Stoke on Trent and Galway Crystal, Co Galway. Together they are a formidable supplier of fine products to the giftware and tableware markets.
Just last year the Belleek Pottery entered into to the fashion jewellery market and, because of its success, has now moved on to develop jewellery in UK hallmarked sterling silver and bridal. Many new jewellery products have been launched in 2010 at the Dublin Gift Fair as well as fine dining and giftware products.
Belleek Pottery is also home to one of Northern Ireland's finest and best known Visitor Attractions. Each year over 170,000 visitors are welcomed through it's doors. It is very unique in that it has now become one of the few attractions in Ireland and GB that offers the visitor an opportunity to walk around the factory and see the complete production process whilst chatting with the craftspeople.