World-renowned Belleek Pottery is crafted in County Fermanagh
Looking for an authentic piece of Northern Ireland to take back home? Here are some iconic and unique products to look out for.
Belleek Pottery comes from one of the oldest working potteries in the world, on the banks of Lough Erne in Fermanagh.
Traditional methods have been passed down from generation to generation and today the fine bone china can be found in most department stores and gift shops.
Choose from their original or unique collections, select from delicate bowls, vases, photo frames and lamps to more unique modern pieces of candleholders, broaches and jewellery.
You can also visit the Belleek Pottery factory in Fermanagh and take a guided tour behind the scenes to see first-hand the craftsmen at work before buying your unique gift.
Thomas Ferguson Linen
Thomas Ferguson's Irish linen is widely acknowledged as the finest linen Jacquard weaver in the world.
Developed through generations of dedication and skill, the company's weaving expertise combined with fine, high quality yarns and modern looms produces a linen damask cloth which is unusually soft and fine and is strong enough to last a lifetime.
Visit the factory in Banbridge to see Irish Linen at its various stages of production. Or buy it at gift shops throughout Northern Ireland such as Carroll’s Irish Gifts (Belfast), Fermanagh Cottage Crafts (Enniskillen) and the Irish Linen Museum Shop (Lisburn).
In the small village of Bushmills lies the oldest working distillery in Ireland - home to the famous Bushmills Whiskey.
Small batches have been handcrafted since King James I granted a license to distil in 1608, and the whiskey’s golden hues are now enjoyed the world over.
You can pick up a bottle at any good off-licence, from the classic blend to the rich Black Bush, sweet Irish Honey and the 10, 16 and 21-year single malts.
Or visit the distillery to take a tour and the watch the traditional craftsmanship first-hand.
Bill and Christina Steenson set up a jewellery and silversmithing workshop in the historic village of Glenarm, County Antrim in 1976 this was the beginning of Steenson jewellery .
They had no idea they one day be called upon by the makers of Game of Thrones to create bespoke costume pieces that would be seen by TV audiences around the world.
Visit their shops in Glenarm or Belfast to appreciate their unique and innovative designs which set them apart from the traditional high street.
Take some time to potter about Studio Souk, a studio and shop in Belfast city centre, where local designers and crafters sell their wares. Watch ceramists working at their pottery wheel, a textile designer busy at their sewing machine or painter deep in thought as they stare at their canvas. Up and coming fashion designers and makes associated with the studio are Shauna Fay, David Henderson, Kiera Ann Marie Phillips and jewellery designer Linzi Rooney’s Elephant Juice label, which makes stunning jewellery from antique cutlery.