House of Waterford Crystal
George and William Penrose established the first glass manufactory in Waterford in 1783. The Crystal as it is known locally was housed on various sites over the years due to its continued expansion. Its newest home, The House of Waterford Crystal is located in the heart of The Viking Triangle. This modern facility includes a manufacturing facility where you can experience first hand craftsmen including: blowers, cutters and engravers at work during a factory tour. The extensive modern showroom it also has an extensive showroom with . In January 2010, WWRD Group Holdings Limited, the group which owns Waterford Crystal, announced that it had signed an agreement with Waterford City Council to open a brand new Waterford Crystal manufacturing facility and retail outlet in the very heart of Waterford city.
The new manufacturing facility melts down 750 tonnes of crystal and produces 45,000 pieces each year using traditional manufacturing techniques. The facility offers guided tours of the manufacturing process to all visitors, both international and domestic.
Perhaps Waterford Crystals greatest promotion to date was The Times Square New Years Eve Millenium Ball which an estimated 1.2 billion people watched with awe and amazement as the 6 foot diametric crystal ball was lowered down a pole during the New York year 2000 countdown.
Since it’s opening in June 2010, over 250,000 people have visited the home of Waterford Crystal, on the Mall in the heart of this ancient city.
Website : www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com
Telephone : +353 51 317000
Prices : €12 adult, €9 concession