Home to Waterford Crystal, who have been manufacturing crystal for over 230 years. In 1783, when Beethoven was publishing his first works and the world’s first hot air balloon took place in Paris, in Waterford City, George and William Penrose, established the Waterford Glass House. The factory is located in Waterford which is Ireland’s oldest city and was founded by the Vikings in 914AD. The city encapsulates the story of Ireland’s Ancient East.
The first stop on the tour is mould making. Here visitors can see a handmade technique that has remained unchanged throughout the centuries. The Master Blowers shape the molten crystal flawlessly with the use of these wooden moulds and hand tools. The next part of the tour is truly magical, as visitors enter the blowing department where they see glowing balls of molten crystal transformed into majestic shapes. The furnace where our Master blowers draw the crystal from is 1300-degrees. The Waterford Crystal pieces are then hand marked for precision and accuracy, and they are then cut, sculpted and engraved.
On completion of the tour, visitors can experience over 12,000 sq. ft. of crystal heaven in the largest retail and showcase of Waterford Crystal in the world.
Waterford Crystal continues to provide some of the most prestigious trophies to the world’s great sporting events. The list of famous trophies produced by Waterford Crystal for the sports industry alone is simply staggering.
Some of these events include, the Irish Open Golf Trophy, Solheim Cup (Ladies Ryder Trophy) and the Players trophy to name just a few. Waterford Crystal also designs the pieces for the prestigious Peoples’ Choice Awards as well as the spectacular Times Square Ball – a crystal ball which forms a prominent part of a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square in New York, colloquially known as the ball drop.