Crystal has long been a favoured material when it comes to making tableware. For those who visiting the Lake District, Cumbria Crystal is not just a place to buy crystal items. Established in 1976, the company started producing high quality tableware made from lead crystal. Many of the earlier designs produced were reproductions of classic designs that date back to three hundred years ago. Today, the company still produces classic designs alongside other crystal giftware, engraved items and bespoke items. Unlike other glass factories, none of the items they produced are imported or made with the use of machines.
Of course, the factory is an excellent place to shop for crystal items. The factory shop is located in the Lakes Glass Center. It is comprised of a 1000 square foot showroom which boasts of a wide variety of crystal ware and overlooks the furnaces. Here, visitors can get discounted prices, find items which have been discontinued and get hold of exclusive pieces. The factory shop accepts all major credit cards with the exception of Amex. Mail orders to mainland UK and international shipping are also available. Visitors can shop from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Mondays through Saturdays. On Sundays, it is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Aside from giving visitors items to shop for, Crumbia Crystal also offers factory tours where guests can watch the glass making process. Those taking the tour can get to take a look around the last working lead crystal glassware factory in the area. Here they will also get to watch the 17-man team was they practice traditional glassmaking methods. Visitors will also get a chance to see the furnaces and glass cutting processes.
The factory is open all year round except on Christmas, Boxing and New Year. The best part is that there is no admission fee for those who want to pay a visit. Parking is free as well. Guests can come anytime between 9:00 am-12:30 pm and 1:00-4:30 pm and 1:00-3:00 pm on Fridays. Since work stops promptly during closing time, visitors are advised to come early so they can observe the whole glass making process. Crumbia Crystal is located about 100 meters off the A590 to the east of Ulverston. Guests can follow the brown and white signs which willdirect them to the glass factory. For more information on Crumbia Crystal check out their website at http://www.cumbriacrystal.com
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