The House of Waterford Crystal comprises of a manufacturing facility, visitor centre and retail outlet. Visitors can enjoy all aspects of the manufacturing process through the factory tour and learn about both historical and contemporary production techniques through direct interaction with the craftsmen and audiovisual materials. The manufacturing facility contains a brand new continuous melt tank furnace that uses leading edge technology to deliver molten crystal, for skilled master blowers to hand-shape and hand-blow into Waterford Crystal’s range of premium products. The retail centre represents the largest display of Waterford Crystal in the world.
• 1 hour
Delve deep into the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland oldest beer brand, with a visit to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. With Franciscan monks, living portraits of the Smithwick family and giant holograms, set off on an immersive, guided tour of the Smithwick’s Experience, located in an old Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny city center. Travel from the 13th century right through to modern day as you trace the beer’s history, and learn how the ale is made. Then toast your tour with a meticulously poured pint of Smithwick’s.
• 1 hour
This one of a kind ghost tour takes you trough the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies.Since Kilkenny is the home of the first ever witch trial and witch burning it is vital that visitors fit in with the surroundings and therefore each visitor will wear a witches hat and cape to ensure their safe passage through the narrow cobbled lanes and will also carry lanterns to protect their save passage through the medieval city.
• 1 hour
This guided walking tour (duration 45 minutes), includes access to six national monuments ranging in date from 1190 to 1783, it is a wonderful way for visitors to get an overview of Irish history both the historic and archaeological treasures and also experience the developments in architecture over a period of a thousand years as visitors traverse the Viking Triangle. We market the experience as ‘From the Vikings to the Victorians - A thousand years of History in a Thousand Paces’, in Ireland's oldest city, ‘Veðrafjǫrðr’, (Waterford). Now including a visit to an exhibition titled ‘Mayors through the Ages, Eight Centuries of Civic Government in Ireland’, which has been put in place in City Hall, trace's the mayoralty and the evolution of democratic parliamentary and local government through the centuries
• 45 minutes
Combining the Medieval Museum and the Georgian Bishop's Palace, the Medieval Museum is currently ranked # 1 attraction in Waterford on Tripadvisor.com, the only museum in Europe built over two National monuments, the 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault, the award winning Medieval Museum will take you through the medieval history of Waterford city. The Bishop's Palace is a magnificent Georgian residence and a must-see attraction that is rated #3 attraction in Waterford on Tripadvisor.com. Experience authentic grand eighteenth century living in this beautiful Georgian building by being taken through time with our re-enactors who will guide you through the history of the palace, the artefacts and the history of Waterford City at the time.
• 8 hours
Take a 2-hour trip to experience the ancient Irish sporting heritage of hurling. We provide a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the world's oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true home of hurling champions, Kilkenny and the Kilkenny Cats.
• 2 hours
The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford. These stunning gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world. Follow Lafcadio Hearn’s life journey, first through the Victorian Garden, then to the American and Greek gardens, until you eventually arrive in the Japanese gardens which feature many Japanese plants and Japanese architectural features.
• 5 hours
Specialist tailor made tours for groups of up to 7 people, perfect for friends, families or corporate groups.Putting the customer at the heart of the itinerary we will work with you to design your tour. You will experience the best destinations in Ireland.Combine your must-see destinations with off-the-beaten track recommendations to create the most memorable Irish experience. Design your tour with your guide to include the very best the South East has to offer.
• 9 hours
Specialist tailor made tours for groups of up to 7 people, perfect for friends, families or corporate groups. Kilkenny city and county have some truly hidden gems, Kells Priory and Jerpoint Abbey to name a few. Waterford, Ireland's oldest viking city, is also close by, home to the Copper coast, the Comeragh mountain range and the magnificent Curraghmore house. Putting the customer at the heart of the itinerary we will work with you to design your tour. You will experience the best destinations in Ireland.Combine your must-see destinations with off-the-beaten track recommendations to create the most memorable Irish experience. Design your tour with your guide to include the very best Ireland has to offer.
• 9 hours
800 years of history under one roof in a 13th century church and graveyard. At the award-winning Medieval Mile Museum we tell the stories of Kilkenny's powerful patrons and inspired creators through the buildings and artefacts they left behind. With an interactive audio self-guide you will discover the characters that built this medieval city.
• 3 hours