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Waterford Crystal

The Mall, Waterford Waterford, Ireland
+353 51 317 000
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House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour
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Originally founded by George and William Penrose in 1783, Waterford crystal is world-renowned for quality and beauty. Have you seen someone blow molten crystal into a vase? Check out the factory tour. Visitors are guided through the factory to see experienced craftsmen at work, creating new crystal pieces. The factory is open to tours, contact the company for details.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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The Mall, Waterford Waterford, Ireland
+353 51 317 000
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

I'm not sure how you could visit Waterford without actually seeing the crystal factory. The tours run certain times of day so make sure you check when they run so you don't miss or have to wait too long for a tour. The guide does...More

1  Thank TBLJTiki
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Waterford Crystal is surprisingly in the middle of town but there is a reasonable sized carpark not too far away. We went on the tour and had a very good guide. It was a Sunday but we got to see people at work blowing the...More

Thank gfsc5
Reviewed 18 September 2016

During our bus tour of Ireland we called at the factory and had a guided tour. What an interesting place. Did not realise how long to train in each of the three departments. Some fantastic pieces on show - you could spend a fortune -...More

Thank Len P
Reviewed 18 September 2016

As you would expect from their reputation, great quality crystal very well displayed Factory tour was interesting and well told.

Thank John G
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Very interesting and moved quickly. Was certainly worth 1 hour of my time to see how the beautiful crystal was made.

Thank Janee86
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

What does one do in Waterford, Ireland. Visit Waterford Crystal, of course. This guided tour allowed us to see production of these beautiful pieces from start to finish. The demonstration of artistry in each step of the process makes you appreciate these pieces all the...More

Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Not what we expected at all was a bit too staged. Been to better glass and pottery factories where the tours have been free or very cheap. This is just charging a fortune because of the name. Don't bother.

2  Thank ScotTour15
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Beautiful crystals of different sizes, shapes, & for different occasions. The factory tour allows one to see artists doing their work and how each piece is done from start to finish including crystal balls/trophies they make for sports & entertainment awardees.

Thank floRDMichigan
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in glass crystal then this tour is a must. The guides are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. You are taken on a 50 minute tour through the factory to see crafts people at work at all stages of the creative process. Photography...More

Thank Robertcorbridge
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Louise was our guide for our factory tour & she did a great job. I kept asking all sorts of random facts & questions just to be sure she wasn't a tour guide on automatic pilot (some people can sound very scripted when it comes...More

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Jen D
18 August 2017|
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Response from Steve H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Turn left when you get over the bridge, you will see large car parks either walk along the river side or cross the road and enjoy the shops etc.
19 June 2017|
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Response from sineadb614 | Property representative |
Hi K J, Thank you for your recent question. The Princess Pacific will be docking at the Belview Port in Waterford city. There will be taxi's at the port and possibly shuttle buses. A taxi from the port to The House of... More
28 May 2017|
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Response from sineadb614 | Property representative |
Hi Suez2010, You can book a private tour on line, the time is 11.00am. If that time does not suit you please contact reception on 00 353 (0)51 317000 and they will look at available slots for a private tour. Private tours... More