Newbridge Silverware is already high on any tourist’s bucket list thanks to the world famous Museum of Style Icons and now the iconic Kildare based lifestyle company is set to attract a further 100,000 people thanks to a new factory tour.
Making quality sterling and silver plated tableware at its Newbridge factory since it was first established in 1934, it now the only facility of its type in Ireland and the UK and there are few of its kind anywhere in Europe.
For the first time in its history, the factory will be open to the public who will be able to see first-hand the intricate craft of creating quality sterling silver and silver plated tableware, jewellery and gift items.
The tourism investment, which is set to open this month, will create an estimated 10 new jobs over the coming months and follows an investment of over €300,000 by the company into enhancing its tourism offering.
The factory tour gives visitors a unique, behind the scenes look at the journey from raw material to end product – with each item handled over 40 times by the craftsmen during the process.
As well as the addition of the factory tour, the world famous Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) has also been extended as part of the investment to create a new exhibition space for visiting attractions.
The extension will allow space for an additional 40 garments, as well as other artefacts including valuable photographs, sketches and jewellery.
The Museum of Style Icons already houses one of the world’s greatest collections of couture, style and artefacts from the world of cinema and popular culture including Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor.
The new space will launch with a visiting exhibition entitled, “LBD, The Little Black Dress” which includes couture creations from designers including Chanel, Dior, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and more.
The exhibition will run until 31st January 2019 and is a must-see showcase for all fashionistas.
For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newbridgesilverware.com or call 045 431 301. The Factory Tour officially opens on June 12th.