👀 Discover Beautiful Enniskillen

The Only Island Town

❤️ Visit Enniskillen Today

Enniskillen - The Only Island Town!

Find Your Perfect Enniskillen Staycation!


Where Irish Charm Meets World-Renowned Craftsmanship

Tucked away in the picturesque landscapes of County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, the tranquil village of Belleek is known for its timeless charm and international acclaim. This charming village, with its rich history, breathtaking surroundings, and world-famous porcelain, offers a truly unique and enchanting Irish experience.

A Legacy of Craftsmanship

Belleek’s name is synonymous with exquisite porcelain that has graced homes, palaces, and collections around the world. The story of Belleek Pottery began in 1857, when John Caldwell Bloomfield, a local landowner, sought to provide employment opportunities during a period of economic hardship. He founded the pottery in the village of Belleek, and it has thrived for over a century and a half.

The Magic of Belleek Porcelain

Belleek Pottery is celebrated for its delicate, translucent porcelain. The unique ivory-like appearance of Belleek pieces is a result of skilled craftsmanship and innovative techniques. The pottery utilizes locally sourced materials and a closely guarded glaze recipe to achieve the porcelain’s signature quality and beauty.

Distinctive Designs

Each piece of Belleek pottery is a work of art, characterized by distinctive designs inspired by the surrounding landscapes and Ireland’s rich history. The iconic Belleek Basket, with its lattice pattern adorned with delicate flowers and hand-painted shamrocks, is one of the most beloved designs. Additionally, Belleek pieces often feature motifs inspired by Celtic and Irish mythology, showcasing a rich cultural heritage.

A Mecca for Collectors

Belleek’s reputation extends far beyond County Fermanagh, attracting collectors from around the globe. The pottery’s limited-edition and commemorative pieces have become highly sought after, often passed down through generations. Each Belleek piece tells a story, encapsulating a slice of Irish culture and history in its elegant lines and intricate patterns.

Visiting Belleek

For those eager to explore the magic of Belleek Pottery, the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre in the village offers guided tours of the production process. Visitors can witness skilled artisans at work, shaping, firing, and hand-painting these exquisite pieces. The visitor center also houses a museum that delves into the company’s history and its place in Irish culture.

Belleek’s Global Appeal

Belleek Pottery’s porcelain has found its way into the collections of royalty, embassies, and discerning individuals worldwide. The international recognition of Belleek Pottery is a testament to the quality and beauty of each piece it produces.

The Beauty of Belleek Village

The village of Belleek itself is a charming place to explore. Its serene setting along the banks of the River Erne is a perfect backdrop for leisurely strolls and moments of quiet reflection. Visitors will find traditional Irish pubs, warm welcomes from locals, and opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Belleek, a village in County Fermanagh, is an embodiment of Irish artistry, culture, and natural beauty. It’s a place where history and innovation converge, where skilled artisans breathe life into delicate porcelain, and where the charm of rural Ireland captivates the heart of every visitor. A trip to Belleek allows you to experience the magic of Irish craftsmanship and explore the village’s timeless allure, leaving you with a profound appreciation for the beauty and heritage of County Fermanagh.

Home of Belleek Pottery; On the banks of the River Erne, on the border between Fermanagh and Donegal, lies Belleek, home of Ireland’s oldest pottery.

For more than 137 years this little village has been famous for its distinctive parian china. Today Belleek holds a special place in the hearts of china collectors the world over.

The area hosts a cosmopolitan tourist population every year and many return to the village year after year.

When you purchase a piece of Belleek china you become the owner of a truly original piece of Irish craftsmanship, made using materials and techniques handed down from generation to generation. No two pieces are ever the same.

There were three founders, William Armstrong, (technical founder) JohnCaldwell (provided the land required) Bloomfield and David McBirney (provided the capital required).

Belleek’s reputation has been built on product excellence and only Belleek of the very highest quality is ever put on sale. Back in 1857 the pottery’s founder John Caldwell Bloomfield declared that any piece with even the slightest flaw should be destroyed. This rule still applies today.

First Period Black Mark 1863-1890
The colour of the mark during this period was predominantly black but other colours were used, amongst them red, blue, orange, green, brown, and pink. Some pieces of Belleek also carry the British Patent Office registation mark which gives the date of regsistration, not the date the piece was manufactured. During this period Belleek also used impressed mark, with the words “BELLEEK,CO. FERMANAGH” or “BELLEEK”, or a small impressed mark of a harp or harp and crown. The latter are more usually found on Earthenware pieces.

Monthly Newsletter

Join our email newsletter for the town of Enniskillen and stay up-to-date on everything tourism-related! You'll receive exclusive special offers, exciting updates and so much more. Don't miss out on all the fun - sign up now!