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Crystal County and Kilkenny

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5 day tour
From £322 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Different elements of Ireland’s history and heritage come together in this fascinating tour that includes visits to Waterford Crystal, the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, Kilkenny, Smithwick’s Brewery and Nicholas Mosse Pottery Mill. We also step back in time with a ride on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway.


13th September 2021 | Dates throughout 2022

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Depart the UK

Travel to Ireland by coach and ferry or fly from your local airport.

Day 2

Waterford City and Waterford Crystal

This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland. We visit the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal for a guided factory tour. There’s free time to explore the city’s cultural and heritage quarter including the ‘Viking Triangle’ that contains three magnificent museums: the Medieval Museum; Bishop’s Palace; and Reginald’s Tower.

Day 3

Waterford, Suir Valley Railway and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

Something a little different today as we take a ride on the delightful Waterford & Suir Valley Railway along the picturesque banks of the River Suir. Afterwards we visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, an authentic reproduction of the ‘Dunbrody’, an 1840s emigrant vessel. A guided tour, led by costumed performers, provides a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude of the Irish people faced with the great famine.

Suir Valley Railway runs seasonally. For winter dates please enquire for alternative attractions.

Day 4

Free time in Kilkenny and Smithwick’s Brewery Tour

A full day to explore the medieval city of Kilkenny, home to Kilkenny Castle and the imposing 13th century St. Canice’s Cathedral. After lunch we visit Smithwick’s brewery for a guided tour showing the production process for one of Ireland’s most popular beers. Returning to our hotel we call in at the Nicholas Mosse Pottery Mill to see the potters and decorators at work and perhaps buy locally-made souvenirs.

Day 5

Return to the UK

Featured Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in June 2019

Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford ****

Located just a stone’s throw away from the shopping, sightseeing and business districts of Waterford City Centre and boasting views of the River Suir, Dooley’s Hotel offers 113 well appointed ensuite guestrooms. Comfortable rooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi. The hotel offers an onsite bar and restaurant. No onsite coach parking but coach parking available in Waterford centre.

The Granville Hotel ****

The unbeatable and elegant Granville Hotel in Waterford overlooks the River Suir and is a 5 minute walk from St Patrick’s Cathedral. It offers fantastic hospitality along with air-conditioned rooms with free internet access and an award-winning restaurant which boasts lunch queues out of the door!

Treacy’s Hotel , Waterford ***

Treacy’s Hotel, Spa and Leisure Centre is set in the picturesque city of Waterford, ideally located just five minutes’ walk from St Patrick’s cathedral, the Garter Lane Theatre and the Waterford shopping district. This 163 bedroom hotel offers home comfort with all of the hotel essentials. Each room comes with a bath and shower, tea/coffee maker, TV, iron, hairdryer and 24 hour wifi. The hotel also benefits from lift access, disabled rooms and complimentary access to the fully equipped Spirit Leisure Centre, including a 20m swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and drench shower. Whilst here you’ll dine at The Crokers Restaurant, where you can enjoy a wide variety of dishes, all created using the finest, freshest, Irish ingredients in a warm & friendly atmosphere.

Treacy’s Hotel Waterford

Dates 5 days / 4 nights
13th September 2021 From £322.00 per person
2022 dates On request

Prices include return ferry. If you would like a price travelling by air, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Single room supplement available upon request.

Prices staying at Dooley’s Hotel and The Granville Hotel available upon request.

Exchange rate based on £1 = €1.155 as of March 2021. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include any UK coach hire, travel or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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