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Tickets for House of Waterford Crystal: Guided Tour

Discover the painstaking craft of traditional crystal glass-making

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Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date (if selected)
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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Live guide: English
Smartphone tickets accepted

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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover the world of Waterford Crystal, one of the oldest and most prestigious manufacturers of crystal glass in the world
  • Go behind-the-scenes and see every step, from blowing the molten crystal to hand carving the final intricate designs
  • Find the perfect souvenir in a gift shop that offers exclusive pieces by the master craftsmen you've just seen in action!

Description

From the chandeliers of Westminster Abbey to New York's New Year's Eve Ball, you definitely know the work of Waterford Crystal, master craftsmen of world-famous crystal glass for over 200 years. This all-access behind-the-scenes tour shows you every incredible step that goes into creating these timeless works of art – cheers to that!

Starting in the 'blowing room' (no laughing in the back), you'll see how glassblowers shape molten crystal into vases, bowls, bulbs and more, using only the power of their own lungs – and a little help from a 1400°C furnace.

Next, you'll learn how Waterford handcraft their custom molds using traditional methods before the decorative team sketch their designs and cut impossibly detailed patterns into these fragile works of art. At every stage you'll witness the stringent quality control systems that require nothing less than perfection.

After seeing all this peerless craftsmanship, you might find it hard to resist the exclusive treasures waiting in the gift shop – the perfect memento of a fascinating experience!

Ticket

What's included

Guided tour and visit to all aspects of traditional crystal production

What's not included

Lunch and snacks at the Crystal Café
Additional info

Getting There

  • Train: CIE or Railtours Ireland to Waterford
  • Car: parking is available in Bolton Street Carpark (€1/hour)

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation may be available depending on your ticket selection
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

Venue

Opening hours

Tour
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Store
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

How to get there

House of Waterford Crystal
28, The Mall, X91 R652, Waterford
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Ratings & reviews

4.9
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J
Sep 21, 2019
Excellent
Wonderful guide named Shannon, answered all our questions, she was really marvelous!
H
Jun 14, 2019
Excellent
Easy, convenient.
A
Feb 11, 2019
Excellent
Staff in showrooms were very informative and pleasant The guided tour is essential to appreciate the work that is required from start to finish in the factory with each piece. The tour guide was...
Staff in showrooms were very informative and pleasant The guided tour is essential to appreciate the work that is required from start to finish in the factory with each piece. The tour guide was very good and pleasant Before leaving you should visit the lovely tea rooms for a cuppa and beautiful cakes I would highly recommend the whole experience

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