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Waterford Crystal

Address: The Mall, Waterford Waterford, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 51 317000
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3-Day Southeast Ireland Tour from Dublin...
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Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Waterford
Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Originally founded by George and William Penrose in 1783, Waterford...
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Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Activities: Shopping
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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Ontario
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

One of our stops in Ireland. Believe old family relatives may have worked for Waterford at some time so the place was of interest to us. Tour is very amusing and informative. Not that expensive. Easy to get a tour. We just called the day before and booked a spot. They run tours about every 40 minutes. It is very... More 

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Vaughan, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We went there because we got the tickets in our package, not sure if others have to pay for the tour. The factory has the schedule of the guided tour throughout the day. The tour started with a full audiovisual presentation in the entrance. The guide was enthusiastic. He then showed us how the crafts are designed from the draft... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Didn't think it worth €12 each but had to visit while in Waterford. The shop is fabulous and the staff were really helpful. It's worth it to see the latest collections but particularly the golf trophies (Irish Open, Sondheim Cup and others) and some spectacular pieces of glass (eg the €30,000 bear). Very glad we went. The more local glass... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

First time in Waterford so we had to tour the Waterford Crystal factory. We went in February, and all tours were going on. Our tour guide was very informative and clearly passionate about the product they produce. It was amazing to be able to be so close to the craftsman, learn about what they do and ask any questions you... More 

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Oviedo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Everything just sparkled!! The tour was very informative and getting to see the hands on craftsmanship was amazing! They offer items to purchase at every price level. We loved how they were not pushy to have us purchase anything. Although we did buy thank you gifts for the couple taking care of our dog at home. Per the saying "Go... More 

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Kentstown
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We called into the Waterford to take the tour. But as it was February it was not running. Which was a shame. I don't see why they can't have an all year round tour.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I am not a big fan of crystal, but the crystal pieces in the Waterford Crystal house were quite impressive!

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Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you appreciate craftwork this is where you will see it at it's best. Doing the tour of the factory you will see lumps of molten glass being transformed into fabulous shapes of tumblers,jugs and bowls etc. The tools used are so primitive that is a revelation seeing how they are used by craftsmen to produce such wonderful pieces. At... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Saw the shop but no tour available, disappointed a bit. But in a the Viking triangle and very close to the other amenities, museum, bishops palace and restaurants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's good - interesting, but rather geared up for the wealthy tourist, as the hand-blown glass, time consuming to make (and to train up operatives) is expensive for the ordinary visitor.

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