The world famous Waterford Crystal visitors’ centre at Kilbarry in Waterford closed its doors for the last time today.

The centre had been due to close next month but the time was brought forward to 5pm today.

Manufacturing at the factory stopped this time last year when a receiver said the company had no more money to pay staff. A winding-down operation has been going on since.

An average of 330,000 tourists visited the centre every year for the past 25 years, with many travelling from North America, Australia and Asia.

Up to 3,000 people once worked for Waterford Crystal, which had major factories in Kilbarry and Dungarvan.

There are only around 15 people left working for the company.

A new Waterford Crystal operation, employing a possible 50 people, is due to be set up in Waterford city centre in June.

The visitors’ centre will now be put up for sale as part of the sale of the entire complex at Kilbarry.