Travel Guide to Ireland
Let's explore the best things to do in Waterford city and county in 2020. Experience the special things that happen on a break in Waterford - Too much fun for just one day!
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VIKINGS.... Around the Viking Triangle of Ireland’s oldest city – ‘Vadrarfjord’ (Waterford) was founded by Viking raiders in AD 914 – you can walk seamlessly like this through 1,000 years of history in 1,000 paces. Beginning in the Waterford Treasures museums, pore over warrior weapons and exquisite jewellery in Reginald’s Tower. Explore the Mayor’s Wine Vault in the Medieval Museum. Gossip with Georgian staff at the Bishop’s Palace. Immerse yourself in the new Masterpieces in Glass experience telling the tale of Waterford’s world-renowned glassmaking.
You step from the street into the ruins of a 13th-century friary. Then further back in time into a replica thatched Viking house. Suddenly (thanks to the modern wonders of your virtual reality headset) you are plunged into the thick of a Viking raid: dodging swash, buckle and sword. The breathtaking King of the Vikings experience in Waterford City puts you right there, part of the epic story.
ELEGANCE BORN OF FLAME... History melts and transforms before your eyes at the House of Waterford Crystal as you watch craftspeople blowing molten glass and cutting sparkling designs. Two hundred years of tradition fuse with dazzling modern innovations, and inspiration is all around – the iconic ‘Lismore’ pattern for example came from a view of Lismore Castle.
JOURNEY TO IRELAND'S TRADITIONAL PAST... Cue a visit to today’s beautiful Lismore Castle Gardens, now peppered with contemporary sculptures that forge a fresh creative dynamic between history, nature and art. In Lismore Heritage Centre you time travel again (thanks to VR headsets and your guide ‘Brother Declan’), right back to the town’s monastic age of Saints and Scholars.