Did you know that? Waterford is world famous for its crystal know-how! It is a city that knows how to handle this material brilliantly, creating vases, chandeliers, glasses and other artistic objects of great finesse. Their pieces are so beautiful that they even fetch impressive prices! To better celebrate this expertise, the city has opened the “House of Waterford Crystal”. It is an establishment/museum, which can be visited in its entirety, where the most beautiful crystal pieces in Ireland are made!
Let it be said: the House of Waterford Crystal is the official home of Irish crystal! It is here, in the heart of the town of Waterford, that you can discover the secrets of crystal making, as well as the ancestral methods used to work this exceptional material! Mouth-blowing, hand-shaping: each piece is unique, and close to perfection!
In order to better understand this art, a local guide will be pleased to explain you the workings of the house, from the repatriation of the raw material to its transformation into a luxurious object. You will know everything from the different stages of conception to the moment it is put up for sale.
The explanations are exciting, fun and interactive. You will even have the opportunity to admire a craftsman in the midst of crystal work to better understand the difficulties of the trade! The demonstration is magnificent, and will captivate the attention of the whole family.
At the end of the visit, you can buy crystal objects: chandelier, vase, carafe, glasses… There’s no shortage of objects worked here! But be careful with your wallet: the items sold on site are not really given away, but will be fantastic souvenirs to take home with you… as long as you have enough to protect them during the return trip! (The crystal is infinitely fragile).