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House of Waterford Crystal: 1-Hour Factory Tour

1. House of Waterford Crystal: 1-Hour 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.

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Waterford: City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Waterford: City Highlights Walking Tour

Journey through centuries of history and see the top 10 highlights of Waterford on a walking tour. Follow your expert local guide through the heart of one of Ireland’s oldest cities. Hear engaging stories of the vibrant streets of Waterford, visit the well-known sites, and discover hidden gems. Visit the 10th century Viking Triangle and learn about the history of Waterford from the Viking Invasion up to medieval times. See buildings that date from the 18th century, and walk past architectural highlights including The Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral. Listen to great stories and unique insights from your guide, accompanied by that famous local humor. Take photos of the colorful streets of Waterford. Your tour will finish close to some of the finest pubs and restaurants in Waterford, giving you the chance to experience more fine Irish hospitality.

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What people are saying about Waterford

This tour was truly a tour that had it all...we saw and learned so much with our local guide. He was an incredible storyteller with fantastic insights into Waterford,its history, culture and people. We saw so much more than we could have seen on our own. This tour made our visit to the area. Would definitely recommend.

Must see experience in Waterford.

Well organised your of the factory producing premium pieces of the famous crystal. All stages of the process clearly explained by the well-informed guide.

Wonderful to see craftsmen at work up close! Very talented stars. Our guide was superb. Thank you for the wonderful experience

Excellent pace and information

Very much appreciated being able to walk through the factory and observe such incredible skill in making Waterford Crystal.

We arrived at 10!5 and was able to join the 10:30 tour.