Waterford, Munster
Waterford, Munster, Ireland
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
Ireland's oldest city which sits on the coast and it's history stretches back further than the Vikings
Did you know? Waterford Crystal provide trophies for some of the world's top sporting events!
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Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland. It managed to combine perfectly the old and the modern with its collection of pubs, gourmet restaurants and excellent shops and boutiques which co-exist with medieval city walls, picturesque cobbled back streets and the magnificence of historic buildings still standing proud after more than a thousand years. Waterford with its historic heart “The Viking Triangle” is Ireland’s oldest City and is also older than all of Northern European capitals with the exception of London and Paris. Some parts of the city still feel almost medieval, with narrow alleyways leading off many of the larger streets. In 914, a great Viking and pirate, Regnall, established a base here and built a longport or ships’ haven which would in time become a modern City.

Waterford CrystalActivities in Waterford

The House of Waterford Crystal is Waterford number one attraction. Witness the skills of the traditional craftmens during the Factory Tour gives you a unique insight into the centuries old tradition of Waterford Crystal making. You will feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of the craftsmen!

Reginald's Tower is home to an exciting exhibition that uses a superb collection of historic and archaeological artefacts to give you a glimpse into the fascinating Waterford's Viking heritage. Reginald's Tower, the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, is a circular defense tower built at the beginning of the 13th century and at various stages in its rich history has been used as a mint, a prison and a military store. To this day, it remains Waterford's most recognisable landmark.

Christ Church Cathedral was first built by the Vikings in the 10th century, and the present building has been described as the finest 18th century ecclesiastical building in Ireland!
Bishops Palace
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens tells you the story of Waterford from the 18th century to 1970. There you’ll be able to see the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world - a decanter made in the 1780s!

Edmund Rice Heritage Centre tells the story of the educationalist and missionary Edmund Rice who devoted his life to the education, servicing the poor and the Irish republican cause. He began his mission among the poor of Waterford and his work was strongly supported by the people of the city.

What's nearby Waterford?

If you’re visiting Waterford during summer, you’ll be please to know that many of the beaches nearby enjoy Blue Flag status with superb water quality and very pretty settings. Try Dunmore East, Ardmore, Bunmahon, Clonea and Counsellor’s Strand. With 5 km of sandy beaches, Tramore is a popular family friendly resort with activities from surfing, sailing and kayaking to cliff walking and golf.

Suir Valley RailwayWaterford & The Suir Valley Railway
will guarantee you an exciting and fun day out: get on a train and travel along a narrow gauge track through the country side and along the banks of the River Suir. This family friendly railway runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering views of the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens. This is an area rich in history and is only accessible by train.

Curraghmore House has contained the home of the Marquis of Waterford and his ancestors since 1170. His ancestors came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover. Throughout Ireland's turbulent history, this family have never been 'absentee landlords' and they still provide diverse employment for a number of local people. The garden includes an arboretum, some beautiful terraces and a bridge built for King John to cross the River Clodagh in 1205.
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