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Caithness Crystal (Kings Lynn)

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8-12 Paxman Road, Hardwick Ind est, King's Lynn.
Factory shop, Glassmaking, Engraving, Coffee Shop/Restaurant. Tel: 01553 765111

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      20.05.2001 04:43
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      As well as a popular tourist attraction in Norfolk, the Caithness Crystal visitors centre has many an idea for your Mum or Gran if you are stuck for birthday presents. Caithness Crystal is open 7 days of the week, and admission is FREE! You are able to go on a tour of the factory itself, browse round the factory shop, have tea and cakes in the coffee shop, and observe the glassmaking and engraving skills. The shop's resident engraver is able to personalise any items for weddings, anniversaries, retirements or other special occassions. If you are not sure what to buy for your loved one, then the factory shop will probably confuse you even more - it stocks a wide variety of Caithness glassware, giftware, paperweights, jewellery and glass sculpture. They are also a retailer of many Royal Doulton products. The facilities at the centre have expanded and imrpoved in recent years. On the practical side, a new furnace was built, enabling more products to be made and therefore a wider choice for the consumer. Also, the showroom and restaurant have been expanded, again, giving a wider choice. The restaurant now seats 120 people, so is an ideal stop-off point for coach trips. There is even an audio-visual area, which is worth a look if you have time to spend, this shows videos of the Caithness range of products and explains how the lovely paperweights are made in the Perth factory. The centre is an ideal stop-off point and a break from the norm. - I have often spent hours looking round the shops in town to buy a relative a birthday present, when I might as well have driven here and chosen something. They usually hold some special events on all the Bank Holiday weekends, which usually involve some sale bargains! The best time to visit (though unfortuantely also the busiest), is the annual pre-Christmas Sale in November and December.

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