We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Avid lace lover”

Kenmare Lace and Design Centre
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: At the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre we demonstrate the making of Kenmare Lace and many other Irish Laces. Here you can see Antique Lace from the Poor Clare Convent Kenmare from the 19th and early 20th centuries. A group half hour demonstration can be booked for a small fee. We also run workshops and teach lacemaking mainly during the off season (winter) We sell locally made handmade lace, lacemaking materials, kits, books and other souvenirs As well as learning about the technique of lacemaking at the Lace Centre you will learn about our heritage of Irish lace and how Irish women supported and kept their familys going during hard times.
Reviewed 5 June 2011

We went to the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre because my wife is avid lace lover. We arriaved 10 minutes passed closing time and luckily the lady was still there. She let us browsed the store and answered all our questions. If you are into lace this is the place to be.

1  Thank MikLat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2015

Thank you so much for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (36)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

34 - 36 of 36 reviews

Reviewed 29 August 2010

If you crochet or needlepoint, you may find this stop to be a must. If not, you can probably bypass this location. This small shop boasts some beautiful framed samples of antique lace and also has things for sale such as, a small selection of antique handkerchiefs as well as some modern pieces (many are machine made). The very knowledgeable staff can explain the different styles of lace traditionally created in Ireland's different regions and show some examples.

Thank ExcursionBug
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2015

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, and your praise for our knowlegeble staff. However, even at this late stage I would like to take issue with your comments on our 'things for sale'
We sell locally made handmade lace and a small selection of maching made items for those who would like a souvenir but do not wish to purchase a piece of hand made lace which will of course be more expensive.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 June 2010

This is basically a one-room museum/store on the second floor of the Heritage Center/Tourist Info Office in downtown Kenmare, but it is definitely worth the trip if you are into handcrafts of any kind. I do many types of needlework, and my husband included this stop in our itinerary specifically for me. Brilliant! They have antique laces from various parts of the world, but primarily from the Kenmare convent (long closed). They demonstrate six different types of lacemaking art, and it is absolutely amazing. As a needleworker, I absolutely ate it up. They also have lace items for sale, and having seen how detailed and time consuming the lacemaking is, I understand why the prices for those items are steep. Definitely worth the stop and the trip upstairs.

3  Thank KathyTop
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2015

Thank you for youe lovely review, even if it is a long time ago!
Just one slight correction. The nuns moved to a new bungalow on the Sneem road out of town some years ago and they are still here.

Best regards
Nora

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Kenmare Lace and Design Centre also viewed

Kenmare, County Kerry
Kenmare, County Kerry
 
Kenmare, County Kerry
 

Been to Kenmare Lace and Design Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing