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Waterford Crystal

The Mall, Waterford Waterford, Ireland
353 51 317000
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Waterford
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Originally founded by George and William Penrose in 1783, Waterford crystal is world-renowned for quality and beauty. Have you seen someone blow... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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monroe
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

It was a great tour to see how they made the crystal. The showroom was excellent and the people were very gracious. Quite an interesting tour. Take it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

I had visited here when I was a youngster myself and remember when it was a little out of the town. As it's in the town center now it was easy to get to and the building was great. The Kids enjoyed looking at all the glass and I nearly died worrying they may break something. But all in all... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The tour through the Waterford Crystal plant was very interesting. We watched the craftsmen blowing glass vases through to the cutting area where they etch the designs and the artists sketches. Only wish I had a use for more crystal at home! I could have bought half the showroom! Beautiful.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

A great tour of Waterford Crystal! Beautiful crystal pieces. Amazing how much skill and how many hours go into each piece - and they have to be perfect or they are tossed! Several people work on the big intricate pieces and if one person screws up they have to start over, and they don't get paid until it is finished!

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Ham Lake, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The factory tour is interesting, but fast paced since the next tour is nipping at your heels. The factory floor isn't too fast paced though since cutting crystal is careful, precise, slow work. Therefore, you don't get to see much happening. The showroom/retail shop at the end is fun to look at, but would require a credit card with a... More

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York, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We never imagined that the tour of the Waterford Crystal factory would be so interesting and informative. We especially never thought we would be right NEXT to the master glass blowers and master cutters -- watching their craft, and personally discussing the pieces they are creating. Go on this tour (and see the store)!

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New Market, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Waterford tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Very interesting to see how the beautiful crystal is made.

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Antrim, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We had a great tour in Waterford crystal. We enjoyed this tour better than the one we did in the old factory. It's amazing the work that goes into all their pieces. You take beautiful things like that for granted and never really think that there is actually men producing these. The craftsmanship of these guys is amazing. They are... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Good tour, well worth £10, takes about an hour. Would recommend it. They have an amazing shop at the end of the tour that you can browse around or treat yourself

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We stopped in Waterford for this tour and lunch. The tour took about an hour and ended in the magnificent shop. We were able to see lots of pieces being hand crafted by the blowers and the cutters and others along the path. Well worth the entrance fee and then time even if on a tightly scheduled vacation. There is... More

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