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House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour

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    For your 1-hour tour, make your way to the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford. Tour hours fluctuate depending on what month of the year it is, so make sure to be aware of the operating hours for the day you want to do your tour.

    Once you get to the House of Waterford Crystal and are ready to go on your tour, go behind the scenes at the factory. Waterford Crystal is one of the very few companies who still practice the ancient craft of mold making, and as you go through the factory, you’ll see little has changed over the centuries.

    First up, go into the mold room, and witness blowers shape molten crystal with wooden molds and hand tools. Then, head into the blowing department where you can watch as glowing balls of crystal are put through a 1300-degree furnace. After their time in the furnace, each piece is cut, and sculpted, and engraved to perfection.

    After the tour, enjoy some time exploring the retail store. From dining tables to golf trophies, this store houses one of the world’s largest collections of Waterford Crystals. If you need a break at any time during the day, there’s also a café you can pop into for a bite to eat or a beverage (own expense).
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    Reviewed yesterday

    We did the Factory Tour and were so glad we did. You get a behind the scenes look at what goes in to making the worlds best crystal pieces. Amazing to see the craftsmen at their trade while they bring sparkle to what starts off...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank FaansieT
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    This was a visit my wife had on her list of must dos before we left NZ and we were not disappointed. The works on display are just amazing and the craftsmanship involved has to be seen. Absolutely worth the visit.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Kelvin L
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    I visited on a Sunday as part of an escorted tour. It was a wonderful experience to see how they make their legendary crystal. I really enjoyed the tour. It gave me a greater appreciation for the Waterford pieces I already own.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank LotusExplorerTravel
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    Wonderful tour with an excellent guide! Incredible workmanship workwomenship (there was one in the factory etching department). Fascinating process. If you’re going to the store, do the tour. It makes the crystal even more special.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Paul M
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    If you are thinking about stoping by Waterford to see the Crystal Tour...I would suggest it is worth your time...you get to see them blow glass, shape the glass and cut it by hand...very cool...and beautiful..

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank JohngStPete
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    Response from Priusprof | Reviewed this property |
    We purchased our tickets on Viator's web site and seniors, as I recall, are called pensioners. Saves you a couple of bucks. You get a voucher that you trade in at the reception counter for tickets. A tour leaves every 30... More
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    Response from Gofer42 | Reviewed this property |
    Can't guarantee it but in all probability yes the craftsmen will be working, because without them there is very little to see and understand. Check on their website however that they are really open on the sunday you want... More
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