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Waterford: House of Waterford Crystal Factory Tour

1. Waterford: House of Waterford Crystal Factory Tour

The House of Waterford Crystal Tour is more than a factory visit. We take you on a journey into the world of crystal. You’ll see each stage of the process that goes into making these pieces of art. We start in the history room, tracing Waterford Crystal from its birth. This part of the site features detailed exhibits of the firm’s development, and you’ll see some of their great antique pieces on display here. You’ll then proceed to the mold room, where wooden molds and hand tools are still used by master blowers to shape the molten crystal. From here we move on to the blowing room, where you’ll watch as craftsmen transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes. In the cutting department, master craftsmen use industrial diamond-tipped wheels to cut the crystal. The diamond wheel ensures a high quality cut to the crystal. The last two stages of the process involve sculpting and engraving, and are arguably the most precision-based stages in the creation of a piece of Waterford Crystal. Your tour ends with a visit to the retail shop, where you’ll see the largest display of Waterford Crystal in the world.

Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

2. Cork: Jameson Experience Whiskey Tour

Set on 15 acres of lovely grounds, the Jameson Experience is both an education and a cultural experience as soon as you step through its doors. You will discover the largest pot still in the world, the Angels Share, and of course, the finest of Irish whiskeys. Daytime tours operate 7 days all year round, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audiovisual presentation, followed by a 1-hour guided tour through the original distillery. Your experience ends at the Jameson Bar with a glass of Jameson, a 3-part comparison whiskey tasting, and the chance to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster." After your tour, feel free to browse the Distillery gift shop, where you will find exclusive Jameson gifts to take home, such as the Jameson Distillery Edition, a superb whiskey exclusively for sale at Midleton. Make it even more special by having your bottle personalized as a great gift or memento of your visit.

The Titanic Trail: 1-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Cobh

3. The Titanic Trail: 1-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Cobh

This fascinating guided walking tour explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbor, which was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. Participants are taken by specially trained guides to re-live a Titanic timeline journey through the historic town of Cobh. The vista of the town remains the same as it was on the day the Titanic's passengers embarked from the Port of Cork. The tour recounts many interesting facts about the Titanic, the Titanic's history, and its association with Cobh from when it departed on its last fateful journey nearly 100 years ago. The Titanic walking tour will bring you through the streets and environs of Cobh, revealing locations and incidents directly connected to the Titanic and many other aspects of Cork Harbor’s history and Irish heritage.

Cork: Guided Historical Walking Tour

4. Cork: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Set out on a walking tour accompanied by a local guide. In a one-hour stroll through the city centre you will learn about Cork's history as a transatlantic and European trading hub. Walk along the curved main street, following the route of the river beneath it. Marvel at Cork Opera House and across the river, see the shape of Shandon church, with its distinctive red and white brick bell tower and clockfaces. Next, stroll down Carey's Lane to visit the Hugenot cemetery, before heading to the Coal Quay and Cornmarket Street. Along the widest street in Cork, Grand Parade, see Bishop Lucy Park, the Berwick fountain and the National memorial. Hear about Nano Nagle and her extensive humanitarian work in bringing education to the poorest classes while standing on a footbridge named in her honour. Then, explore St Finbar's Cathedral, the South Gate Bridge and Elizabeth Fort. See the boathouse entrances in the leading business quarter of the city known as South Mall. Finish the tour in Princes Street, at the main entrance to Cork's fascinating English Market.

Cobh: 1-Hour Titanic Ghost Tour

5. Cobh: 1-Hour Titanic Ghost Tour

Tapping into a rich Irish folklore, hear tales of the paranormal and hauntings as you wander the darkened streets of Cobh on this 1-hour ghost tour of a town that has remained virtually unchanged since RMS Titanic departed from Cork Harbour in 1912. Learn about the spectre of a young Irish emmigrant, the haunting of Pillars Bar, and the ghostly cries of a child at a local hotel. Suitable for all ages, and a great family night out, the ghost walk is also a great precursor to an office party, corporate outing, or hen night. Formerly known as “Queenstown,” Cobh is at the heart of Ireland’s immigration, transportation, and cruise liner history. It’s most famous as the last port of call before the RMS Titanic set sail on her fatal jouney across the Atlantic in 1912. The tour provides an emotional journey back to the day when 123 passengers boarded at Cobh on their hopeful voyage across the ocean. Stop for a bloody cocktail at an atmospheric bar before the end of your tour.

Cobh: 3-Hour Cultural Tour Plus

6. Cobh: 3-Hour Cultural Tour Plus

The Cobh Cultural Tour is a combination tour that includes the Titanic Trail Guided Walking Tour of Cobh and a self-guided visit to the Queenstown Story Heritage Center. Combining both of these attractions will provide a unique insight into the broad maritime, social and military heritage of one of the most historical towns in Ireland. The scheduled Titanic Trail Walking Tour will take approximately 1-hour and explores the many buildings and monuments of Cobh reflecting the rich maritime history of the town. Places and stories closely associated with events such as the final departure of Titanic's last passengers, the tide of emigration from Ireland and the sinking of the Lusitania will all be explored and explained from the fascinating doctoral level research of Michael Martin, author and creator of the tour. The Queenstown Story Heritage Center will trace the history of emigration to North America, the military presence in the harbor during the First World War, age of the great transatlantic liners and the dark period of 'convict' transportation to Australia can be visited anytime between 10:00 and 16:00. Repeat visits to the center will be permissible on the day of booking.

Cork: Fab Food Tasting Trail

7. Cork: Fab Food Tasting Trail

Meet your engaging and experienced guide within a stone's throw of the city center of Cork. Embark on an informative and relaxed food-focused walking tour as you discover local cuisine and experience the great pride Cork citizens take in their cuisine and produce.  Visit lively places that are off the usual food route. Highlights may include meeting artisan producers or visiting farmers' markets, Irish Pubs, and superhero retailers. Stop in at least 6 venues with generous samples and tastings included in each. Along the way, discover a little about the local culture and architecture from your knowledgeable guide.

County Cork: 1-Hour Titanic Centenary Tour

8. County Cork: 1-Hour Titanic Centenary Tour

Take a 1-hour Titanic Centenary Tour and enjoy a guided walk that highlights the relationship between the Titanic and the seaport town of Cobh, County Cork. A tour guide will take you along the streets of Cobh, showing you locations and telling you about incidents directly connected to the Titanic. Hear about other aspects of Cork harbor history and Irish heritage as well. You’ll receive a special pack of Titanic collectables, including a signed copy of the Titanic Booklet, Titanic Trail Cobh (Queenstown) and a unique print from the Father Browne photographic collection of the Titanic's visit to its last port of call. The booklet also includes a certificate of completion, which will be personalized with your name and the date of the tour. Your Father Browne print can be selected from 6 specially chosen prints that trace the Titanic's arrival, anchoring, and departure from Cobh.

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This was my first time spending quality time in cork, and my first time to do a walking tour in cork. I must say it was the best experience I have had and how lucky to meet Noel Welch. What a treasure you have with Noel, a man who was born and reared in Cork. He loves this city, and knows so much about it. The way he imparts the words in wisdom and experience in cork was memorable. We’ll be back Margarita and Peadar

I was sceptical about how worthwhile this would be, but it was fabulous. It was really interesting to see what goes into maintaining such a fabulous artisanal skill. This was educational, engaging and interesting. I have a new appreciation for Waterford Crystal.

Wonderful and informative, very interesting. Your was lively and interactive, especially the whiskey tasting! Highly recommend this tour.

Had a tour of the plant then store. Tour guide Neil was great and engaging. Store staff very helpful.

James was absolutely amazing. So energetic and informative, we would highly recommend