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Review of Waterford Crystal

Waterford Crystal
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House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour
Ranked #1 of 58 things to do in Waterford
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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.
Normal, Illinois
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“home of leaded crystal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Modern facility for mass producing Waterford crystal by fine artisans who had apprenticed for 3-5 years in order to produce pieces of art. Also available for viewing are some of their own collection.

This new facility was constructed several years ago after a consortium of New York businesses purchased the factory, and closing the original one. Went from about 2000 employees to about 400 working daily single shift but keeping the electric heating machines running 24 hours in order to produce a great number of world renowned pieces of art costing in the thousands of Euros.

Of course the regular household wares could be purchased by ordinary mortals at their huge showroom.

There are many other glass factories but the tour here emphasize how pieces of sculpted leaded crystals are created by experienced artisans.

Visited June 2013
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“Fascinating place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

We took a guided tour and it was worth the extra cost. Learning about the history and seeing the the different stages of the work taking place was so interesting. Then the gift shop it was amazing.

Visited July 2013
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Regina, Canada
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“Crystal Clear”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

On our tour we made a stop at the Waterford crystal plant.This is an amazing place to see how crystal is made from beginning to end.The expertise that it takes and the training these people need to have to do this work.To see a project like the football we saw from a plain piece end up with all the markings of a real football is fabulous .The other pieces on display like the one for Sept 11 is amazing the details are perfect.Our Guide was great and wish we could have stayed longer

Visited June 2013
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“Very Interesting Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We had a tour here with our Trafalgar tour group. My family really loved the experience here. You get to go step by step through the process of making Waterford Crystal. All the employees were super interesting to talk to as we walked through. They let us touch a lot of stuff and were full of information. Our tour guide Eion did a great job.

Visited July 2013
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“Gerry 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We had previously visited the old site and found this tour to be excellent. You could see the items being made and at the end marvel at the expertise of all the production staff.

Visited July 2013
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