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House of Waterford Crystal


Visit The House of Waterford Crystal In Waterford, Ireland




The home of Waterford Crystal is in Waterford Ireland, a Viking city built in 914 AD. The factory is in the heart of the Viking Triangle, a cluster of museums which tells the story of a thousand years of history.




Explore the House of Waterford


A visit to the Waterford factory allows you a behind the scenes, ‘sneak peek’ of our highly skilled method of crystal manufacturing. We offer guided factory tours, where you to witness how Waterford Crystal pieces are crafted from initial design right up to the final engraving of the piece. This unique and captivating experience, promises a magical journey reflecting on 235 years of crystal making history.




Factory Tour


The first stop on the tour is the mould room where you witness the age-old craft of mould making – a technique at Waterford that has remained unchanged throughout the centuries. Our Master Blowers shape the molten crystal flawlessly with the use of these wooden moulds and hand tools.

House of Waterford Crystal


The next part of the tour is truly magical, as you move through the blowing platform, you will see glowing balls of crystal transformed by our skilled Master blowers, into majestic shapes as they are put through the 1400-degree furnace.

House of Waterford Crystal


Our crystal is carefully inspected at each stage of production to ensure each piece meets our exacting standards. With six stringent inspection areas, only pieces that satisfy these standards make it to the next stage of production. Items that do not pass our quality standards are crushed and melted along with our other crystal making ingredients.

House of Waterford Crystal


As you move onto the next part of the tour, you will see our marking department, where the crystal is marked with a temporary geometric grid to assist the Master Cutter to cut the pattern onto the crystal. Each pattern is learned and memorized by the cutter during his training years – so each piece that is cut is done strictly from memory, the lines simply act as a guideline for precision and accuracy.

House of Waterford Crystal


In the cutting department, the skills of perfection learnt during an eight-year apprenticeship, are evident as you see our Master Cutters at work. Witness the craft as they rely on their abundance of skill and dexterity to cut patterns onto crystal using industrial diamond tipped wheels.

House of Waterford Crystal


In the next stage of our tour the sculpting department, inspirational pieces of crystal created by our Master sculptors start out as solid blocks of Crystal. See how our Craftsmen draw the intricate detail onto the Crystal and then transform these blocks of solid crystal into elegant shapes and figures using sculpting wheels.

House of Waterford Crystal


In our final stage of the tour, you will see our Master Engravers use copper wheels to engrave trophies and limited-edition pieces with intricate designs, sometimes taking hundreds of hours to complete one piece. The type of copper wheel engraving used at Waterford Crystal is called Intaglio, which appears reverse. The deeper the engraver engraves into the crystal the more prominent the object appears.



House of Waterford Crystal


Retail Experience


With the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world, our opulent 12,000 square feet Retail Store gives you the opportunity to remember your unforgettable day by choosing a piece of crystal to take home. The retail store represents everything we make in crystal, including a showcase on our golf and world sports trophies.



House of Waterford Crystal


Crystal Cafe


Our Café located inside the House of Waterford Crystal opens seven days a week and offers a delicious breakfast and lunch service. Serving indulgent homemade treats, fresh coffee and hot locally sourced seasonal produce it’s the perfect way to finish off your visit the House of Waterford Crystal.

House of Waterford Crystal


For more information about the House of Waterford Crystal visit www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

House of Waterford Crystal


Visit The House of Waterford Crystal In Waterford, Ireland




The home of Waterford Crystal is in Waterford Ireland, a Viking city built in 914 AD. The factory is in the heart of the Viking Triangle, a cluster of museums which tells the story of a thousand years of history.




Explore the House of Waterford


A visit to the Waterford factory allows you a behind the scenes, ‘sneak peek’ of our highly skilled method of crystal manufacturing. We offer guided factory tours, where you to witness how Waterford Crystal pieces are crafted from initial design right up to the final engraving of the piece. This unique and captivating experience, promises a magical journey reflecting on 235 years of crystal making history.




Factory Tour


The first stop on the tour is the mould room where you witness the age-old craft of mould making – a technique at Waterford that has remained unchanged throughout the centuries. Our Master Blowers shape the molten crystal flawlessly with the use of these wooden moulds and hand tools.

House of Waterford Crystal


The next part of the tour is truly magical, as you move through the blowing platform, you will see glowing balls of crystal transformed by our skilled Master blowers, into majestic shapes as they are put through the 1400-degree furnace.

House of Waterford Crystal


Our crystal is carefully inspected at each stage of production to ensure each piece meets our exacting standards. With six stringent inspection areas, only pieces that satisfy these standards make it to the next stage of production. Items that do not pass our quality standards are crushed and melted along with our other crystal making ingredients.

House of Waterford Crystal


As you move onto the next part of the tour, you will see our marking department, where the crystal is marked with a temporary geometric grid to assist the Master Cutter to cut the pattern onto the crystal. Each pattern is learned and memorized by the cutter during his training years – so each piece that is cut is done strictly from memory, the lines simply act as a guideline for precision and accuracy.

House of Waterford Crystal


In the cutting department, the skills of perfection learnt during an eight-year apprenticeship, are evident as you see our Master Cutters at work. Witness the craft as they rely on their abundance of skill and dexterity to cut patterns onto crystal using industrial diamond tipped wheels.

House of Waterford Crystal


In the next stage of our tour the sculpting department, inspirational pieces of crystal created by our Master sculptors start out as solid blocks of Crystal. See how our Craftsmen draw the intricate detail onto the Crystal and then transform these blocks of solid crystal into elegant shapes and figures using sculpting wheels.

House of Waterford Crystal


In our final stage of the tour, you will see our Master Engravers use copper wheels to engrave trophies and limited-edition pieces with intricate designs, sometimes taking hundreds of hours to complete one piece. The type of copper wheel engraving used at Waterford Crystal is called Intaglio, which appears reverse. The deeper the engraver engraves into the crystal the more prominent the object appears.



House of Waterford Crystal


Retail Experience


With the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world, our opulent 12,000 square feet Retail Store gives you the opportunity to remember your unforgettable day by choosing a piece of crystal to take home. The retail store represents everything we make in crystal, including a showcase on our golf and world sports trophies.



House of Waterford Crystal


Crystal Cafe


Our Café located inside the House of Waterford Crystal opens seven days a week and offers a delicious breakfast and lunch service. Serving indulgent homemade treats, fresh coffee and hot locally sourced seasonal produce it’s the perfect way to finish off your visit the House of Waterford Crystal.

House of Waterford Crystal


For more information about the House of Waterford Crystal visit

www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

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