Waterford Crystal And Kilkenny Rail Tour From Dublin

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  • Duration: 12 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    7:25 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Dublin Heuston, Heuston Station Saint John's Road West, Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin, Ireland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See the picturesque cities of Irelands scenic southeast on a full-day rail tour from Dublin to Kilkenny and Waterford Crystal. Accompanied by a guide, travel by train to Kilkenny, an artsy and attractive city. Take a guided tour around its medieval streets and enjoy some free time before moving on to Waterford City. Tour the esteemed Waterford crystal factory, which is responsible for producing many dazzling objects of beauty, including the Times Square New Years Eve Ball. End your tour with a scenic rail route back through the Suir Valley.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Rail Tour

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Meet your guide in Dublins Heuston Station in early morning and set off on a scenic rail journey to Kilkenny. Often hailed as the most attractive city in Ireland, Kilkenny is famous for its postcard-perfect medieval looks and its historical cathedrals, abbeys and castles.

Stroll around the cobbled streets and get an overview of the citys history and top sights. Afterward, you'll enjoy free time, during which you might choose to pop into the renowned Kilkenny Design Centre, which stocks Irish fashion and handcrafts, or pay an entrance fee to visit Kilkenny castle, a restored 12th-century castle that sits on the banks of the River Nore. Should you feel hungry, recharge with some refreshments (own expense) at a local cafe.
Next, leave Kilkenny by train and arrive in the waterfront city of Waterford, one of Irelands oldest settlements. Youll enjoy free time to wander through the medieval narrow alleys and the busy port, or to grab a quick lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).
Then, meet your guide at the Waterford crystal factory in the heart of the city. This renowned crystal producer, which has been operating for more than 200 years, has made many coveted and famous objects, including the Times Square New Years Eve Ball in New York City. Let a guide take you through the factory, where youll gain insight into the process of crystal making, from the art of crystal blowing through to cutting and engraving.
In late afternoon, leave Waterford by train and enjoy a scenic journey through the Suir Valley in County Tipperary. From the window, look out upon farmland, mountains and rivers. Change trains at Limerick for an express journey back to Dublin, where your tour finishes.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.


Expert guide

Information pack

Admission to Waterford Crystal visitor centre

Reserved seats on the trains

Return Rail Tickets

Entry/Admission - House Of Waterford Crystal



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks

Entry to Kilkenny Castle

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly however buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps onto the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.

Children U16 cannot book independently. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 07-Sep-2022

    When planning a trip to Ireland with my grandma, who has limited mobility, we were happy to see that the tour was wheelchair accessible other than transfers to and from a bus (which ended up being nonexistent). Unfortunately, this is not what we experienced and we ended up having to separate from the group and do the Waterford factor tour on our own (with the tour company refusing to give us a refund). We were not allowed to sit in the wheelchair section of the train car and the guide seemed surprised when the wheelchair did not fit down the very narrow aisles. When the guide started to go over the plan for the day, he said that he'd need to order a taxi for us (at our expense) in Kilkenny because he was concerned about us being able to walk to and from the train station. Things were much better when we separated from the group and moved to the accessible car on the train and the railroad employees themselves were fantastic. If you have accessibility concerns, do not trust the company's description and get in touch with them first to ensure your needs will be met!

  • 09-Aug-2022

    Saw kilkenny first then Waterford . Meal nice in pub. Tour very thoroughly done. Weather was lovely.

  • 28-Jul-2022

    For my family’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland, I booked, paid and received confirmation for this tour. The day before the tour date, I received a text confirmation with my tickets. I woke my family up at 5:30am to catch a taxi to the train station. When we checked in for the tour at the train station at 6:40am we were told the tour had been cancelled. WE RECEIVED NO NOTICE OF CANCELLATION! We were devastated and lost valuable time trying to find and make alternate plans. We were finally able on our own to take the train to Waterford and get tickets there for the factory tour, but sadly we will never see Kilkenny. Had we received a cancellation notice we would have been able to do both on our own. Do not use Railtours Ireland! You will regret it. You can take a train and see these places on your own. I do not normally write reviews but feel obligated to warn others about this awful company. They took my money, sent me tickets, and then cancelled with NO NOTICE!

  • 25-Jul-2022

    Paddy for the Waterford tour very pleasant and knowledgeable. Not on the level of our other luxury tours and guides but this was definitely a great day trip, thank you! I would recommend this tour.

  • 24-Jul-2022

    Great tour! Kilkenny is a beautiful “tidy town.” Beautiful flowers, clean streets, lots of shops, and good food. Could spend a few days there exploring. The tour of Waterford was great! Very informative with plenty of time to watch the entire process from molten glass to finished product. Also a good amount of time to spend admiring all the pieces in the showroom and shopping. Paddy was an excellent guide! He spent time with everyone in the group, was very informative, and funny! Great tour!

  • 22-Jul-2022

    The Rail Tour to Kilkenny and Waterford was amazing. So picturesque of the countryside. Kilkenny was a very cute town. It was neat to see where Waterford Crystal is made. Much smaller facility then you’d think. Our tour guide Paddy was excellent. Highly recommend this tour.

  • 11-Jul-2022

    John Todd was our guide from Railtours and he did a great job and was full of knowledge and stories. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

  • 08-Jul-2022

    Working with John! He was so knowledge of history and has a very fun personality! Enjoyed train trip and loved all the stops along the way. Excellent experience!!

  • 03-Jul-2022

    First time to travel solo since no one was free on my vacation time, so figured… What am I waiting for! This tour was truly spectacular! Our guide, Paddy Mc. was so wonderful… he honestly took care of everyone on the tour making sure everyone was comfortable and answered all questions. Just a great, kind man! We had a lovely visit in Kilkenny. We could visit the castle snd explore or spend more time across the street at the Design and Art building . Also a very nice coffee shop for those who wanted to sit awhile. The train ride was beautiful and relaxing just watching the green countryside pass by. We stopped for lunch before going to to Waterford. So interesting… loved every minute of this tour and never felt like I was traveling solo. I met some wonderful new friends, families and couples! This tour is for everyone.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    Our day trip to Waterford was truly the most wonderful day. I didn’t have my family with me on this excursion, I went solo but I felt so comfortable with such a great guide, Paddy and a Fun group of other guests. Our first stop was Kilkenny. Some chose to tour the castle while others chose to do some shopping in the design center. Some beautiful sweaters, hats and unique art. We then stopped at a very nice place for lunch before we headed on to Waterford. Truly an amazing tour. We had time to shop there too. So much fun!

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