Waterford

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Why visit Waterford

There are two great reasons to visit Waterford - the Vikings and Waterford Crystal. It's Ireland's oldest city - founded by the Vikings in the 9th century. There's a bustling mix of narrow streets, medieval walls and charming cafés. Spend time in the Viking Triangle - the city's oldest section. Visit the Medieval Museum (the Waterford Kite Brooch is one of the finest surviving examples of Viking jewelry), the King of the Vikings VR attraction and Reginald's Tower. The House of Waterford Crystal has an awesome tour (how their crystal is made from start to finish) and a stunning retail showroom.

Waterford's best things to See and Do

House of Waterford Crystal

Enjoy the guided one hour tour that takes you through the home of Waterford Crystal's manufacturing facility where you see and hear in detail exactly how the stunning crystal is made. The master craftsmen demonstrate the traditional methods that are still used to this day and the crystal making process from modern day to their beginnings in 1783. Make sure to take time to browse the retail store showroom and ogle over the many crystal products available for sale. They're phenomenal.

Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal

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Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal

The blowing room where you'll see red-hot molten crystal take shape.

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Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal

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The Vikings

The Viking Triangle is the 'old town' of Waterford City - a tranquil place, characterized by narrow streets, atmospheric public spaces, and an array of cultural & heritage attractions. Surround yourself with exceptional Viking history in the very place where a large fleet of the invaders landed in 914. You'll hear tales of battles, strategic marriages and the stunning landscape that greeted these invaders as they took Waterford. 

 

The King of the Vikings virtual reality experience

is the first of its kind in the world. The adventure

takes place in a reconstructed viking house and

seamlessly blends cutting edge technology with

ancient viking house building techniques. Each

experience lasts 30 minutes.

Medieval Museum is Ireland's only purpose built

medieval museum and the only building on the

island to incorporate two medieval chambers - the

13th century Choristers' Hall and the 15th century Mayor's Wine Vault. Don't miss the stunning Heavens' Embroidered Cloths, Waterford's cloth-of-gold 15th century vestments.

Reginald's Tower is Waterford's landmark monument and Ireland's oldest civic building. It has been in continuous use for over 800 years. The first tower on the site was built by Vikings after 914 and formed the apex of the triangular settlement, an area known to this day as the Viking Triangle. Re-built by the Anglo Normans in the 12th century, the top two floors were added in the 15th century.

In addition, see the 23 meter long Dragon Slayer Sword, the Viking Longboat and the city walls with its six towers - the largest collection of medieval defensive towers and walls in Ireland.

Nearby is the medieval town of Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle is the centerpiece and one of the highlights of the town. Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the castle is largely a Victorian remodeling of the 13th century defensive castle. Visit the grand country house, its 50 acres of rolling parkland and formal terraced rose garden.
Stroll down Kilkenny'sMedieval Mile to St Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower (one of only two round towers in Ireland that people can climb). And make sure to visit Smithwick's Experience for a guided tour of the brewery and to sample their brews.

Within easy reach is the Munster Vales

The region of  Munster Vales encompasses portions of four counties - west Waterford, south Tipperary, north Cork and east Limerick. This is authentic Irish country life, charming villages and vibrant market towns, restaurants, shops, bars and cafés, wonderful accommodations where the breakfast is as hearty as the welcome. Experience legendary Irish evenings, packed full of story and song. Live Ireland in the Munster Vales.

Getting outdoors

Hiking/hillwalking, cycling, mountain biking, archery, kayaking, fishing, horse riding

The Waterford Greenway is an old rail trail, 28 miles long, for traffic free cycling/walking.This is a great option for families.
The Copper Coast Geopark runs
 along the southern Irish coast and is a good destination for cycling & surfing.
The Comeragh Mountains offer walking options for hardcore hikers to scenic Sunday strollers. Follow the River Suir on a kayaking, cycling or walking trail.
The Knockmealdown Mountains has adventurous treks for hikers and bikers to trails for leisurely walking.