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Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

1. Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining original Delft Blue factory from the 17th century in Delft that still hand makes Delft Blue according to a centuries-old tradition. Discover the history, craftsmanship and innovation of this royal company during a visit. The Royal Delft Experience takes you on an inspirational journey through the world of the centuries-old earthenware. Paintbrushes carefully touch the white earthenware, whilst elsewhere clay is poured into handmade moulds. It is here, at Royal Delft, that craftsmen have been creating the iconic Delft Blue for almost 400 years. Admire the collection of antique and modern pieces of Delft Blue earthenware and experience the authentic production process in the factory. In the showroom, the complete collection of hand-painted classic and modern Delftware and souvenirs are displayed and can be purchased. In 2018 Royal Delft celebrated its 365th anniversary. Highlights of the year were the exhibition “Nouveau Blue: vision to realisation” until 30 September and the painting of a Delft Blue tile painting by 365 people during the year. To complete the experience you can join one of the painting workshops and discover the skill needed to be a Royal Delft craftsman (upon reservation). Finally, you can soak up the atmosphere in Brasserie1653 that overlooks the beautiful courtyard garden, whilst having a cup of coffee, High tea, or lunch. There are audio and guided tours available in 8 languages. Royal Delft is easily accessible from Amsterdam, the Hague, and Rotterdam.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

2. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

See the best of Holland on a day-long tour that includes a visit to Rotterdam, and the old port with its charming yellow houses. Take a river cruise, visit the food market, stop in Delft and tour The Hague. Begin your tour with a drive to Rotterdam, famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour, drive along the banks of the river Maas, to the old port and the remarkable yellow cube houses. Embark on an amazing 1-hour river cruise and then visit the famous food market. Continue on to Delft for lunch (not included) and a visit to the Royal Delft Manufactory, the last remaining Dutch ceramic factory from the 17th century. Take a city tour of The Hague, where you will see the beautiful Houses of Parliament, the working palace of the Dutch king, and the Peace Palace. The last stop, before heading back to Amsterdam, will be at the miniature town Madurodam.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulip Fields & Delft

3. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulip Fields & Delft

Arrive in Keukenhof before noon and follow your guide to skip the lines. Learn all the interesting facts about tulips and history of the Netherlands on a walking tour amongst the themed floral displays of Keukenhof Gardens. See millions of daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths in bloom. Enjoy the stunning scenery and photo opportunities in the endless sea of flowers in Keukenhof. Later in the afternoon, visit the canal city of Delft. You will get to see a typical Dutch town which is famous for its iconic Delftware. Join the workshop prepared at Delft Blue Pottery Factory to learn about the Dutch handcraft tradition. Your guide will then take you to the lively market square of Delft where you can stroll along historic canals, cobblestone streets and the medieval architecture in the Old Church, City Hall, the New Church and more. You’ll have time to explore museums, shops, bars and cafés at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Royal Delft

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 497 reviews

We visited Amsterdam in a city break in June and this tour was a very good opportunity to visit The Hage, Delfth and Rotterdam. The tour was explained very well by the guide and we were able to visit everything planned in a full day.

Great explanatory films, fascinating museum and wonderful to watch artists painting the designs onto the white Delft ware. Peaceful gardens where we enjoyed generous helpings of panini and 'poffertjes'.

Went with my 9 and 13 year old boys. Both said it was interesting and that they learned something. Was a wonderful opportunity to see a lot of Delftware and learn about the history of it.

The trip was very well organised and the guide was very clear about how long we had at each place. We had a great time.

Absolutely wonderful trip, we cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Five star trip without doubt.