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House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour

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    What to Expect
    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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    Departure Point
    House of Waterford Crystal, 28 The Mall, Waterford, Ireland
    Departure Time
    4/1/2019 - 10/31/2019Monday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Tuesday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Wednesday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Thursday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Friday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Saturday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Sunday:09:30 AM - 04:15 PM
    Duration
    1h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Guided Factory Tour
    • Opulent Retail Store
    • Cafe
    • Entry/Admission - House Of Waterford Crystal
    Exclusions
    • Parking
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Parking is available at the rear of the House of Waterford Crystal, in Bolten Street Public Car park: Cost is €1 per hour
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews waterford crystal factory tour whole process glass blowing beautiful pieces wonderful tour take photos for sale long time hard work amazing experience on display from start to finish ask questions tour today tour lasted about minutes gift shop
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    Reviewed 5 weeks 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
    Reviewed 10 August 2019

    Wonderful tour and well worth the cost. The craftsmanship is amazing. You are able to watch the artists at their trade throughout the process.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank wedge941
    Reviewed 9 August 2019 via mobile

    Worth the $ to see all of the processes of making Waterford crystal in live action. All of the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

    Thank F1851DVheatherk
    Reviewed 9 August 2019

    Hubby and I were on first tour at 9:20 by ourselves, Stacey was very informative, all staff friendly and chatty. Great to see all the stages of product being made. Cafe has great coffee too. Highly recommend the tour

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank MeganAworld
    Reviewed 7 August 2019

    This is an interesting exhibition, there is no hard sell, and to watch these artisans at work is incredible. The years of training that go into learning these skills is daunting, and well worth watching: There is a short audio/visual presentation, then small groups go...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    23 August 2019|
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    Response from Michelle S | Reviewed this property |
    Just got on their website Google "waterfordvisitorcentre" Says tickets are open tickets. We were part of a group so not sure I have a grasp of that but the website looked helpful.
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    24 May 2019|
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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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    23 April 2019|
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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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