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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
  • Travel by train admiring scenic views of the Irish countryside
  • Take a guided tour around the attractive medieval environs of Kilkenny City
  • 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
  • Learn about how they make their crystal goods during a guided factory tour

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What You Can Expect

Waterford Crystal and Kilkenny Rail Trip from Dublin

Enjoy the scenic views of County Tipperary

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Customer Reviews

Janet G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I would highly recommend this tour. The tours that we booked thru Viator, were conducted by Rail Tours. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO TAKE A TOUR. We were treated like Royalty. We were accompanied throughout the entire tour, which was wonderful. , We had reserved seats on the train portions of the tour, so we were always able to sit together. They provided taxi service where necessary. This was a very wonderful experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A full day of travel, beauty, information and history - this tour was fabulous! And our tour guide, Liam, was the BEST!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was wonderful from start to finish. Our tour guide Liam was a wonderful and funny man with LOTS of energy and spunk. We were a small group of five and he made sure we were having a great time. Everything was well timed and organized. Kilkenny castle was breathtaking and the little street train around Kilkenny was lots of fun. The tour of Waterford Crystal was very informative and interesting. The pieces they make are absolutely stunning. Its definitely worth the extra money to do a rail tour. It was very peaceful and beautiful. My 8 year old son who is obsessed with trains was overjoyed with the experience. If you take this tour, I hope you get Liam as your guide. He is incredible.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. Waterford was lovely as well as Kilkenny.

Martin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Brian was an ideal tour guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a good trip. The Waterford tour was very interesting. The train trip through the country side was beautiful and made for a relaxing day. We were even audience to a couple of locals who knew we were all tourist and they broke into song It's a long way to Tipperary. It was a fun day....a bit of walking wear comfy shoes......


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Liam was awesome. We had basically a private tour, it was just my mother, myself and the tour guide. Liam was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We loved the Kilkenny castle and the tour of the Waterford Crystal factory.

Judy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The train trip mas nothing short of amazing. Seeing the lush landscape and farms was a dream come true. Out tour guide was courteous, entertaining, protective and most of all informed on all of our destinations I highly recommend this tour.

Patricia Mary N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommended even though it was a long day. The demonstration given at Waterford Crystal on how they make their product is very worthwhile and the train ride through the countryside was very welcomed.

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One of the highlights of our trip. Kilkenny is a great small town with lots of interesting historical facts. The trolley tour was great. One of the best castles in Ireland.

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