See Ireland's oldest city and tour the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal factory!
Take a visual journey over more than 225 years of glass making and see how each individual piece of crystal is created by highly skilled craftsmen using unique and traditional methods.
Famed for its matchless lead crystal, the city of Waterford was founded by Viking invaders in the 9th century and is Ireland’s oldest city. In fact, Waterford is older than any of the major Nordic capitals of modern Europe, including Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen.
In recent years, a major archaeological endeavor has excavated nearly a fourth of the ancient Viking city. And the historic district around Reginald's Tower is also quite intriguing.
But Waterford is primarily a commercial center, dominated by its busy port and known for its crystal factory. The new House of Waterford Crystal comprises a working crystal factory, fascinating visitor center, and opulent retail store, housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. You will take a guided factory tour, giving you first-hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production.
- House of Waterford Crystal entrance fee (€14/person) is not included in the price of this tour. You will be asked to pay admission on site.
- Bring cash (Euro) for gratuity, souvenirs, and any food/beverage you may wish to purchase.
- The Factory Tour is not available December 21-January 3.
- If your ship does not make port, this tour will be non-refundable. Please take out travel insurance to cover this rare occurrence. This is an exception to the normal ShoreTrips Terms of Service. This tour will NOT be refundable in cases in which conditions make it impossible for the ship to dock and disembark passengers in a timely manner.
Days offered: 7 days a week