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House of Waterford Crystal: 1-Hour Factory Tour

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Take a tour of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal. You'll get a unique behind-the-scene look at how master craftsmen create some of the world's most exquisite crystal objects. You’ll also have time to explore Waterford’s retail shop!
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
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  • Learn about the history of Waterford Crystal from its earliest days
  • Watch skilled artisans blow, cut, sculpt and engrave crystal
  • Explore the retail shop’s shining and elegant wares
Full description
The House of Waterford Crystal Tour is more than a factory visit. We take you on a journey into the world of crystal. You’ll see each stage of the process that goes into making these pieces of art.

We start in the history room, tracing Waterford Crystal from its birth. This part of the site features detailed exhibits of the firm’s development, and you’ll see some of their great antique pieces on display here.

You’ll then proceed to the mold room, where wooden molds and hand tools are still used by master blowers to shape the molten crystal. From here we move on to the blowing room, where you’ll watch as craftsmen transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes.

In the cutting department, master craftsmen use industrial diamond-tipped wheels to cut the crystal. The diamond wheel ensures a high quality cut to the crystal. The last two stages of the process involve sculpting and engraving, and are arguably the most precision-based stages in the creation of a piece of Waterford Crystal.

Your tour ends with a visit to the retail shop, where you’ll see the largest display of Waterford Crystal in the world.
  • Factory tour admission fee
  • Guided tour of the factory with friendly and knowledgeable guides
  • Detailed information about the history of Waterford Crystal
  • Interactive tour of the factory with the ability to ask questions of the craftsman about their work
  • Visit to the House of Waterford Crystal retail store
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Interpretative equipment

When you get there

Meeting point

The Mall, Waterford City

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