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“A Small Insight of what used to be”
Review of Waterford Crystal

Waterford Crystal
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$17.60*
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House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Waterford
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We went as a family. The children enjoyed it, the staff were good, and the craftsmen engaged with the public. It's a small boutique operation. You might think it's all for show reading some of the less positive reviews, but seriously, do you really want to go back to the 1980s and walk into an industrial facility, or the 1990s where the pile-em-high and sell-em-cheap stock price controlled mentality reigned (which is what ruined the original model)? And this business about 'made [somewhere else]' - Honestly?! Next time you buy you designer label, your smart phone, walk into a fancy [insert grumpy chef's name] restaurant, I don't hear you complaining about country-of-origin, sweatshops, or that a famous chef isn't plating-up you dish. So to those nay-sayers: It was designed by the Irish, so it's called Waterford Crystal. And if you want something cheap, buy a straw with your wine bottle in future.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

great tour showing the glass making process but the showroom has the wow factor ! beautiful pieces in a fab setting and the staff were very helpful even if you were just looking and not spending !.

Thank pattiq_13
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our family enjoyed the town of Waterford and the visit to the crystal shop was so interesting. Watching and learning about the process of making the crystal pieces was fascinating. The showroom was breathtaking and we got a small keepsake for each of the kids, to remember the town of Waterford.

Thank worldtraveler0764
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

I was very good beautiful glass chrystal, expensive but very very nice. After having a long look around we then went into the cafe and had scones and tea, a lovely little cafe very nice staff and lots to choose from would definately recomment it to anyone.

Thank lee_susan47
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Good guided tour - educational. No heavy sales pitch. Reasonable price for the experience. We did the tour on a bank holiday so there was only a skeleton staff of blowers and cutters but still well worth the time

Thank Pilot_Pete
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