Waterford (from Old Norse Veðrafjǫrðr, meaning "ram (wether) fjord", Irish: Port Láirge) is a city in Ireland. It is in County Waterford in the south east of Ireland and is part of the province of Munster. The city is situated at the head of Waterford Harbour. It is the oldest and the fifth most populous city in the Republic of Ireland. It is the eighth most populous city on the island of Ireland. Waterford City and County Council is the local government authority for the city. Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, a legacy of the city's former glass-making industry.
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Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46 km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line which runs between Waterford and Dungarvan. From the Viking City alongside the River Suir, out by Mount Congreve Gardens, through Kilmacthomas, across eleven Bridges, over three impressive viaducts and through a 400m long tunnel; with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains and Dungarvan Bay.
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The magnificent curved facade of the warm butter-coloured stone building draws in the visitor. The eye-catching giant sculpture on the gable was inspired by a tiny 13th century belt mount found in Waterford. It 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, the only piece of clothing from King Henry VIII's reign to survive in the world - the 'Cap of Maintenance' and the Great Charter Roll from 1373, containing the earliest contemporary portrait of a medieval English king (Edward III) shown to Queen Elizabeth on her 2011 state visit to Ireland. These and many more unique artefacts await you on your guided tour of the award wining Medieval Museum.
We recently visited with a group of 30 Cub Scouts and 7 adults. What a fantastic asset in Waterford city. The amount of history on our doorstep was fascinating. The guided tour was excellent and our guide Richard was brilliant with the kids. There’s something for everyone young and old. The building itself is beautiful. You’d easily spend a few hours meandering around the fantastic displays. We chose the guided tour which takes about 45 minutes but combined with the Epic tour was a good option for a group. And the cost was minimal and affordable to all. An extra bonus was the wonderful workbook given to each child at the end! Thanks to all the staff who couldn’t have been nicer ! 10/10
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I spent a really lovely afternoon in Mount Congreve. What beautiful Gardens! They are huge and so well looked after. You can smell the gorgeous colourful and wonderful variety of flowers from every corner. There are lovely winding Dutch steps and a most interesting temple. As for Mount Congreve House it is a real treat. These Gardens are really worth a visit and you can now go into these Gardens from the wonderful Greenway There is a lovely little restaurant at the entrance where one can sit, have a coffee and enjoy the beauty all around.
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Originally founded by George and William Penrose in 1783, Waterford crystal is world-renowned for quality and beauty. Have you seen someone blow molten crystal into a vase? Check out the factory tour. Visitors are guided through the factory to see experienced craftsmen at work, creating new crystal pieces. The factory is open to tours, contact the company for details.
We really enjoyed the tour by a forty year employee of Waterford Crystal. The tour takes you through the entire crystal making process, from melting and blowing, to etching.
The Gift Shop and Crystal display area are a major, associated attraction, within the same facility.
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King of the Vikings The Worlds First Viking Virtual Reality 3D adventure, bringing you up close and personal with the Viking warlords who founded Waterford Ireland's oldest city! Housed in a replica Viking house within the atmospheric ruins of a medieval monastery in the heart of the Viking city. Next to Reginald's Tower where the Treasures of Viking Waterford and a fullsize Viking longs
Visited here yesterday with French visitors on their first trip to Waterford. The children were given headphones which were already adjusted to French language for them. This is a truly amazing experience. Everyone should do it locals and visitors I can not recommend it highly enough. I for one will be going back. Go down and experience it yourself it is so worth the time. The tour takes a maximum of 8 people at a time so booking is highly recommended.
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The Bishop’s Palace Museum houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives visitors a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750s, Ireland’s second city. 'The Mall is a beautiful walk, about 200 yards long… facing it stands the Bishop’s Palace, which not only adds a considerable beauty ... the Palace is a fine building of hewn stone, with two fronts, that next to the Mall is beautifully ornamented with a handsome portico.' (Charles Smith’s History, 1746)' This exquisite architectural jewel, now a museum, continues to delight over 250 years later, the ground and first floors furnished as a very elegant 18th century townhouse. The top floor brings 'old' Waterford alive from the 1900's to the 1960's.
The Bishops palace in Waterford is located just off the quays and across from the Waterford Crystal shop / museum. The Palace is a grand building with plenty to see and do.
As you can get a ticket that covers two museums we decided to take advantage and start with the Bishops Palace. The museum has a wonderful history and also provides a backdrop on Waterford with local history that I had never heard of or been exposed to.
The museum is not too big so it would be possible to cover the whole place in under 2-3 hours but I would recommend taking your time and just enjoying the place.
I would recommend a visit.
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Entry is currently free, which is always an attraction for an OPW site. the lady on the front desk was very helpful and informative. We had the castle to ourselves the whole visit, the highlight was going up the tower Reading all about the history. Definitely worth a visit especially on a sunny day.
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Getting to visit this museum was a trial. We walked by several times before we finally found the door open. The museum is a round tower, part of the original walled city. They don’t take credit cards so be sure to have cash. There are spiral stairs to take you to the top. It won’t take you too long to visit, but an interesting building to see.
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Waterford Viking Triangle is the cultural and historic centre of Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, where in 914 A.D. the Vikings first settled. It is a tranquil place, characterised by narrow streets, historic architecture, atmospheric public spaces and unique cultural and heritage attractions. Wander through Waterford Viking Triangle, visit the home of the global brand that is Waterford Crystal, nine national monuments including a 13th century underground wine vault, three world class museums (Viking, Medieval and Georgian) as well as an array of craft studios, cafes and excellent gift shops. Over 1,000 years of history unfold in just 1,000 paces in this compact and authentically charming location.
Reginald's tower dominates the triangle and is the oldest civic building in Ireland but the whole area is easily accessible and brings alive the history of the town. Particularly liked the replica long boat Situated opposite the very attractive waterfront you will enjoy a stroll so hope for dry weather.
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This Cathedral is a Church of Ireland Cathedral located in Waterford, Ireland. It has beautiful stained glass windows and a beautiful ceiling. The entry to the church shows an excavation to the foundations of several earlier church buildings which were on the same site. Location is a short walk from the Quay and from Waterford Crystal so it should not be missed if visiting Waterford.
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