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Waterford Crystal and Kilkenny Rail Trip from Dublin

Kilkenny, Ireland
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12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Admire the scenic splendor of Ireland's southeast region on a full-day tour to Kilkenny and Waterford Crystal from Dublin. Relish the romance of travelling by train to Kilkenny, an artistic town famed for its medieval history, and take a guided tour on arrival. Discover the esteemed crystal factory located in Waterford City and conclude with a picturesque train ride back to Dublin through the beautiful countryside of the Suir Valley. Gain valuable insight into the culture and history of the Irish region from your expert guide.
  • Guided full-day tour from Dublin to Kilkenny and Waterford Crystal
  • Enjoy free time in Kilkenny to visit local attractions such as Kilkenny Castle or the Kilkenny Design Centre
  • Explore the Waterford Crystal factory, located in the center of Waterford City
  • Relish the romance and spectacular views of travelling by train
  • Learn about the culture and history of the region from your expert guide

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Nancy G
, May 2019

The train ride was just beautiful through the rolling hills and farms . There were vibrant green fields of every shade. There were sheep, cows, horses and castles. The Kilkenny stop was magical. A smaller city than Dublin, had all the charm of what we anticipated an Ireland town. Waterford was also beautiful. The Waterford factory itself was a great experience. Our tour Guide, Paddy, was informative about all aspects of the tour and would point out historical items even on the train. After Waterford the train took a different route back to Dublin though the smaller towns . The train tour was well worth the money. Please be aware that there is still quite a bit of walking.

Joseph M
, May 2019

This was the first tour we took with Rail Tours. Unfortunately we did not know that other tours were leaving from the same location in Dublin at approximately the same time. So, when the announcement was made to follow the yellow jackets and get on the train, we did. Our ticket was stamped and we boarded it. We waited about 10mins until the train started to move. It was at that time that a Rail Tours person checked our tickets and informed us we were on the train to Cork and not Waterford.

We know it was our fault for not checking with them as we boarded the train, but it was our first tour. They should always check everyone's ticket before they board the trains. They should also tell everyone when you check in that other tours are there as well.

On the positive side, David from Rail Tours was extremely helpful and made sure we had an enjoyable day to Cork, the Blarney Castle, and Cobh. The tour we took was very good. And he was wonderful.

Glendal W
, Oct 2018

This is a good day trip from Dublin to view some scenic countryside and visit too historic cities in Ireland. There is early departure from Dublin Hueston station but a comfortable train ride to Kilkenny. The main attraction here is the Kilkenny Castle which has interesting history and largely restored. Across the street is the Fashion Design center that is worth a visit and has a nice pastry and food service restaurant. A good place to take a rest before going back to the train station to catch the train to waterford. This is scenic trip as well and Waterford is very interesting in the history of Ireland. The main attraction is the Waterford Crystal factory where you see the making of crystal from the moulding of the crystal design, to the blowing of the crystal into mould, and on to the cutting of the crystal into beautiful pieces. After this there is rather long train ride back to Dublin, but you will see some beautiful countryside and enjoy a relaxing ride on the train. A day trip worth taking if you visit Ireland.

, Sep 2018

This was a great trip. Paddy our tour guide was brilliant, and the restaurant he picked for lunch was great. Additionally, the places are beautiful.

Audrey M
, Jul 2018

This was a wonderful day trip! Guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. Waterford Crystal was very interesting and Kilkenny was a stop. Highly recommend!

, Jul 2018

I really enjoyed this trip. Liam was our guide and he was great. Liam took time to show us maps and go over all the details, he walked us through a lovely church and introduced us to the local butcher as we walked into Kilkenny. The short train ride around town was really fun and a great way to see the town without walking. We did not tour the inside of the castle, there wasn't enough time, I think I would have enjoyed that if we had time but it would have made the day probably too long. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Waterford Crystal tour, it is just amazing to see the craftsmanship involved in producing their crystal. I have such a greater appreciation of their crystal products. The town of Waterford was lovely and we had time to walk around with Liam and have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. It was a very long day by the time we got back to Dublin but it was very relaxing to go by train and overall very enjoyable. The guided tour takes all the guesswork out of planing and figuring out the trains on your own, plus Liam is full of knowledge and made the trip much better than it would have been on our own.

Heather W
, Jun 2018

Liam was great! Nice trip

Brandon and Michelle D
, Jun 2018

This was a great tour with an added variety with it being based off travel on a rail line. Our guide was Paddy, and he did a great job providing us an overview of the trip at the initial start of the trip and giving us details throughout the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed having the different pace on the rail vs the bus tours that we had done up to that point. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone!

, Apr 2018

Rail trip is the best way to go -more legroom and it was fun

Colette C
, Feb 2018

Kilkenny is amazing, pity we didn't get more time to spend in this splendid medieval city. Our tour guide, Paddy, was very knowledgeable and a true people's person - ever so nice!

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