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Waterford Crystal

The Mall, Waterford Waterford, Ireland
353 51 317000
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$557*
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3-Day Southeast Ireland Tour from Dublin...
88%
Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Waterford
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
Activities: Shopping
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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.
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We initially went into the showroom, the workmanship is incredible, some of the higher price tags are jaw dropping! We decided to do the tour and were not disappointed, very interesting, our guide was warm, friendly and informative. Also we highly recommend the cafe, a fabulous bowl of soup and a hot chocolate warmed us through, and was reasonably priced.

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Bakersfield, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I am not much for stopping at factories that produce products such as fine crystal, etc. it is just not my thing. However, to please my wife we went to the Waterford Crystal factory and showroom. I was pleasantly surprised. World renouned for their crystal and one can immediately see why. The tour through the factory is lead by very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This was a very interesting tour , well worth taking. The tour group size was kept small and the guides use an overhead speaker system so all can hear. The craftsman were close so you can ask them questions. The pieces that they create are breathtaking , if you are in the area don't miss this one.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The factory was easy to find, decadent, reasonably priced, and incredibly informative. Our factory guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and took extra care to give us the time we needed for pictures and for gawking. The crystal makers are literally 6 inches from you, are passionate, meticulous, and clearly have dedicated their lives to making beautiful pieces. Having seen several... More

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Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The shop and staff were magnificent, the quality of goods and the displays were first class, the tour guide was extremely informative and left us with a much greater appreciation of the craftsmanship.

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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

One of the best tours you will ever take. Absolutely fascinating. A very entertaining guide takes you through the entire manufacturing process in the art of producing Waterford Crystal. You see and touch each step along the way and converse with the craftsmen at each station - and they add entertainment value as well as answers to your queries. Worth... More

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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I found the tour really interesting and it is nice to see the step by step process. Not only that, but the men in the cutting department were very friendly, probably not easy having tourists stare at you working all day! But the work was beautiful and the showroom had lovely pieces in it. PS Americans will love this tour

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Newcastle, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

When in Waterford its a must to do the Waterford crystal tour. Its around $18 Australian dollars. The tour is very interesting and enjoyable. You get to see the staff up close and personal. The tour goes for an hour . The crystal pieces are beautiful. You get to see some very expensive commissioned pieces too. Regards Jennie H

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Alexandria, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This was part of a package and I wasn't sure it would be good. But it was really cool. To know they still hand blow all the crystal was amazing. If your in this area this should be added to your list of things to do!

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were lucky enough to have a small group of 4 of us to do this tour. We managed to just miss the large coach load and if you can, a small tour group is the way to go. The guide was extremely interesting and as we were a small group we never felt rushed and had plenty of time... More

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