Waterford, a glittering gem in the Sunny Southeast is the ideal place to start exploring Ireland's Ancient East. Vadrafjord (Waterford) is Ireland's oldest city with over 1,000 years of history, founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. The Waterford Viking Triangle is Waterford’s Cultural and Heritage quarter that speaks of an Ireland both past and present, with medieval treasures, art and a walking tour of Waterford City. A beautiful tranquil place, characterized by narrow streets, atmospheric public spaces, and great cultural & heritage attractions. So begin your story here in Waterford and check out some of the great things to do in Waterford City and County.
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, booking is highly recommended.
The old railway line from Waterford City to Dungarvan is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail known as The Waterford Greenway, travels through time and nature across eleven bridges, three impressive viaducts and a long atmospheric tunnel all the way from the River Suir to Dungarvan Bay.
A beautiful cruise along the Barrow and Suir rivers From the Ports of Waterford and New Ross to the confluence of the Three Sisters Rivers, the Barrow Railway Bridge, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, Annaghs Castle and House and Waterford Castle are among some of the sights you will see.
The only tour in Ireland that gives you access to six national monuments (duration 45 minutes). Your guide will bring you through the streets and buildings of 1100 years of Waterford's history from the Vikings to the Victorians, in Ireland's oldest city ‘Veðrafjǫrðr’,(Waterford).
The Bishop’s Palace is home to an original and innovative 4D visitor experience on early glassmaking in Waterford - Masterpieces in Glass. The re-enactor tour is led by Susannah Penrose, granddaughter of one of the original founders of the Penrose Glass Factory.
The Waterford 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.
Beautiful Lismore Castle is home to seven acres of gardens all set within the historic Lismore Castle walls. From Majestic trees to flowering meadows, ornamental displays to fruit and vegetables there is something to delight all visitors.
Mount Congreve House and Gardens situated in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford, is home to one of “the great gardens of the World”. Mount Congreve House, home to six generations of Congreves, was built in 1760 by the celebrated local architect John Roberts. The Gardens comprise of seventy acres of intensively planted woodland, a four acre walled garden and 16 kilometres of walkways.
These Authentic Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland. These stunning gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world.
Embark on the terroir tour: an invitation to discover how Waterford Whisky create their terroir-driven, barley-forward, natural whisky. Their Map of Provenance guides you through the Irish farms that have provided over 100 unique flavour sources, as well as unlocking the natural mysteries of organic, biodynamic and heritage barley. If you're well behaved, the team might even let you taste a few of Head Distiller Ned's creations at the end.