The Crystal City Tour Waterford

Collection at 08.30am or 15 minutes after your ship docks at the Annie Moore statue in Cobh or prearranged from your hotel.

 

On leaving Cobh we travel east passing through scenic countryside towns and villages. Our first stop is a quick photo opportunity at the clock tower in the historic town of Youghal.( In 1777, the town's Clock Gate was built on the site of Trinity Castle, part of the town's fortifications. The Clock Gate served the town as gaol and public gallows until 1837; prisoners were executed by being hanged from the windows.)

Driving on we cross the river Blackwater and our next stop the Round tower overlooking beautiful Ardmore bay while the Round tower alone is worth stopping for the reliefs on the gable end of the ruins of St. Declans Cathedral and the Aughram stones now relocated within the walls of the Old cathedral are a bonus.

A 35 minute drive through the Comeragh Mountains and the Waterford countryside brings us to The House of Waterford Crystal. Showcasing both the history and the modern contemporary designs of the art of glass cutting in Waterford the tour is at the top of the list of things to do on a visit to Ireland.


Another unmissable stop is the workshop of Sean Egan a Master Engraver with Waterford Crystal for 35 years now based in the Medieval Museum Sean opened his own workshop to keep the age old skill of copper wheel engraving on crystal alive in Waterford and Ireland when the original Waterford Crystal factory closed. One of Sean's most celebrated pieces Miracle on stairwell B is now on display in the 9 /11 Memorial Museum New York.

He is presently working on a unique new piece for the Charity auction to be held next year in support of the wounded warrior project.


The Munster bar just across the road from Waterford Crystal is a must for lunch before a stroll through the historic Viking quarter of the city starting with Reginald's tower then visiting either the medieval museum or the Bishops palace before heading back towards Cork.

 

There is a choice on the way back depending time and on the sailing time of your ship

Option 1

Just before Dungarven a small diversion through the beautiful Irish countryside brings us to the picturesque village of Lismore.

OR

Option 2

A visit to the Jameson distillery Middleton

Our final stop time allowing is St. Coleman's Cathedral Cobh sited on a hill above the town it has an amazing view of Cork harbour.

Duration : 8 hours

This tour is also available if your ship docks in Waterford

Cost: 1-4 persons €390.00 in a saloon car

4 plus persons prices on request. Cost does not include entrance fees or lunch.