One of the best-known Irish brands in the world, Waterford Crystal has been made in the city (with significant periods of hiatus) since 1783. In 2009, the company filed for bankruptcy—perhaps Ireland’s most high-profile victim of the global financial crisis—and for a while it looked as if this iconic brand might disappear for good. But new owners were soon found, and with them came this shiny, purpose-built factory and visitor center, right in the heart of Waterford. You can tour the factory to watch the glittering products being molded, blown, cut, and finished, mostly using traditional methods that have changed little in 200 years. Or, if you’d rather just drop in for sparkly souvenirs, you can visit the enormous gift shop without taking the tour.