Newbridge is best known for Newbridge Silverware, and The Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is highly recommended on the tourist trail of Ireland’s Ancient East.
Newbridge is a contemporary shopper’s paradise, especially for buying clothing. It houses Whitewater Shopping Centre ( the largest regional shopping center in Ireland) and shops such as Penneys and TK Maxx.
Newbridge Silverware is famous for the design and production of high-quality cutlery, jewelry, and giftware made by qualified craftsmen, with decades of experience. What`s more, the company is considered a leader in Ireland, and its products are highly valued throughout Europe.
Newbridge Silverware was founded in 1934 as a homeware manufacturer.
In 1993, William Doyle took over as chief executive after his father, Dominic, passed away. Under Doyle, the company expanded its product lines to include jewelry.
Since 1934, Newbridge Silverware has been the leading producer and designer of gift products in Ireland, incl. jewelry, cutlery, tableware, etc. The brand is associated with many famous characters such as supermodel Sophie Dahl, Hollywood actresses, etc. Linda Gray and the legendary icon of style Audrey Hepburn. One of the most interesting and sought-after collections is Duchess Grace Jewelry Collection. In 2016, model Naomi Campbell became the face of Newbridge Silverware. Recently added a collection of Vintage Pre-Owned Luxe jewelry with names like Dior, Oscar De La Renta, and Trifari.
In 2007, the Museum of Style Icons was established at the Newbridge store. It contains pieces of fashion history, including the hot pink cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Today the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is an award-winning attraction.
It features the flagship Lifestyle store, the world-renowned Museum of Style Icons, the craft Factory, and the award-winning Domo’s Emporium Café & Food Hall. The factory, where for decades the team has been creating ranges of tableware, jewelry, and giftware is open to the public.
The Visitor Centre is open 7 days and entry to the Museum of Style Icons is free.
Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is a fabulous and unique place with something for everyone. It ranks fifth among the most visited free attractions in Ireland, with an annual number of visitors reaching 350,000.
I went there before Christmas, hence the pictures below show the Christmas decorations. And the entire Centre was in a festive setting. There was also a whole department only with Christmas decorations and gifts.
NewBridge is easily accessible by train from Carlow town in around half an hour. Same from Dublin to NewBridge – train time approx. 30 min.
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Below are photos I took in September 2021.