Waterford offers the choice between a cosmopolitan modern city, a cluster of seaside resorts and a mountainous hinterland, ideal for holidays of all kinds. The city is the capital of the South East and Ireland’s longest established city. Founded by the Vikings in 914, the history of this ancient port is maintained in its many remarkable buildings including Reginald’s Tower and Christ Church Cathedral.

Waterford is synonymous with hand-cut glass, and the world famous House Of Waterford Crystal is one of the region’s most popular tourist attraction. The history of Waterford is retold at the Waterford Museum of Treasures and on the highly entertaining Waterford City Walking Tour. Built on the River Suir estuary, Waterford City remains a thriving port with great shopping, accommodation, quality gourmet restaurants and a healthy mix of modern and traditional pubs. Waterford also hosts a colourful calendar of festivals throughout the year check local press and tourist offices for dates & times.

ATTRACTIONS in Waterford city

Waterford Treasures - 3 museums in the viking triangle

Open 7 days per week, year round. Café and gift shop on site. Guided tours available by our professional guides, which is included in your entry fee.

Medieval Museum

Don’t miss the Medieval Museum in the Viking Triangle, with its unique Cloth of Gold vestments which were lost for hundreds of years after they were hidden from Cromwell’s army, and the Great Charter Roll which was viewed by Queen Elizabeth II on her 2011 visit to Ireland. Take the multimedia handheld guide or enjoy a family friendly tour with our professional guides, which is included in your entry fee.

Reginald's Tower

Reginald’s Tower is named after the Viking leader who founded Waterford in 914, making Waterford Ireland’s oldest city.  Don’t miss the 9th century sword and weapons from a Viking warrior’s grave and the magnificent 12th century gold kite brooch. Guided tours available.  www.waterfordtreasures.com  | www.facebook.com/waterfordtreasures 

Bishop's Palace

This magnificent Georgian residence is a must-see attraction. Experience authentic grand eighteenth century living in this beautiful Georgian building. Don’t miss the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal in the world dating back to 1789, and the Napoleon Mourning Cross; the only one to survive out of the original twelve that were made on his death. Take the multi-media handheld guide or enjoy a family friendly tour with our professional guides, which is included in your entry fee.

Bishop's Palace

Epic tour of the viking triangle

This  guided tour, the ‘Epic Tour of the Viking Triangle’, includes access to six national monuments ranging in date from 1190AD to 1783, is a wonderful way for visitors to get an overview of Irish history, both the historic and archaeological treasures and also experience the developments in architecture over a period of a thousand years as visitors transverse the Viking Triangle. We market the experience as ‘ From the Vikings to the Victorians –   A thousand years of History in a Thousand Paces’ . The visit includes Reginald’ s Tower first mentioned in 1088, Greyfriars Medieval Franciscan friary 1240, Choristers’ Hall 1274, the Mayor’ s Wine Vault 1448, the Bishop’ s Palace 1741 and if there is not a church service in progress then Christ Church Cathedral 1773 is also included.   It’ s a fun engaging tour with numerous photo opportunities.   This unique tour avoids having you, our guest, walk around in the rain, as most of the time you are indoors being regaled by our professionally trained tour guide, where else would you experience an overview of Irish history in an hour! Now featuring a visit to the Mayor’s Exhibition – “Eight centuries of Civic Government”.

Waterford City walking tour

Waterford City Walking Tour -Tel: 051 873711. Contact: Jack Burtchaell – informed visitors in his twice daily, historic tours. The walking tour departs from the Waterford Discover Ireland Centre. His well-structured tour covers less than a mile of level ground, yet more than a millennium of this city’s remarkable history. Operates: from mid March to mid October daily, 11.45am and 1.45pm. Charge applies. Other times for groups (min 10 persons) by prior arrangement. After dinner tours for coach parties from your hotel. Admission applies.

ireland's ancient east

The Reg hosts Ireland’s Ancient Feast – a sumptuous 4 course meal in magnificent historic surrounds with the Reg’s resident historian/storyteller where the guests can hear of some of the amazing events that have taken place within a stones throw of the Reg and toast the various slaves, invaders, mercenaries and traders who ended up becoming more Irish than the Irish themselves in true Waterford crystal style. For availability and more information check out www.irelandsancientfeast.ie 

king of the Vikings 3d Virtual Reality tour

‘The world’s first Viking 3D Virtual Reality Adventure, the ‘King of the Vikings’. A dynamic Virtual Reality 3D experience, 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, re-enactor guides set the scene before you are transferred back in time via state of the art Oculus Rift headset technology.  Next to Reginald’s Tower where the Treasures of Viking Waterford, a full size Viking longship and a world record breaking Viking Sword are displayed.’

King of the Vikings 3D Tour

house of waterford crystal

Waterford City. Tel: 051 317000 – Waterford Crystal has moved to a magnificent new home in the heart of Waterford City. The highlight of any visit, the Factory Tour gives you an up close and personal insight into the centuries – old tradition of Waterford Crystal making. You’ll feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of our craftsmen. After your Tour, indulge your passion for the world’s most famous crystal in our lavish Retail Store, home to the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Our exhibition of Sporting Trophies and Statement pieces is an absolute must – see attraction.  For opening hours, please visit www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

edmund rice heritage centre

Edmund Rice Heritage Centre – A Man of Inspiration

Edmund Rice began his educational mission among the poor of Waterford. His work was strongly supported by the people of the city. Though some of his friends thought he was mad to give up a successful business career. His work went beyond the boundries of Waterford, to other counties in Ireland and also internationally. Mount Sion, Barrack Street, Waterford  Tel: 051 874 390 • Fax: 051 841 578 Email: admin@edmundrice.ie  

Web: www.edmundrice.ie

christchurch cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, Tel: 051 858958 

www.christchurchwaterford.com  – Situated opposite the Bishop’s Palace Christchurch Cathedral built in 1773 by local architect John Roberts, It has been marked out as the finest 18th Century Cathedral in Ireland. Steeped in heritage and history including the famous marriage of Princess Aoife to English Lord Strongbow which changed the course of Irish history, it is a fascinating building to visit.  Opening Hours April to October Mon – Sat 10am to 5pm November to March Mon – Fri 12noon to 3pm Admission is Free (donations are appreciated) Guided Tours Daily by request.

the reg

THE REG – Takes its name from the adjacent Viking Reginald’s Tower and  is Waterford’s premier tourist and hospitality venue. It features 4 distinct bars on the ground floor built around the 800 year old City Walls. Visitors are encouraged to explore the many nooks and crannies and touch, feel and taste the history of Ireland’s Oldest City. The very best local produce is served all day with one of the citys largest selections of local craft beers. There’s live music 7 nights a week and the Reg is part of the Viking Triangle Trad Trail. Every Thursday to Sunday the best local bands rock the Reg till late at night with resident DJ on Fridays and Saturdays as well.

Dining at the Reg

attractions in county waterford

Waterford is a stunning maritime county steeped in rich, ancient history, with long golden beaches and magnificent mountain scenery. With the region’s capital city at its heart, the attractions of the “Crystal County” are as captivating and unique as the hand-cut glass for which Waterford is famous the world over. Waterford’s picturesque coastline, stretching the length of the county, is dotted with a string of lively towns including Tramore and Dungarvan, to name but a few, dotted along the route. Below is just a snapshot of what County Waterford has on offer a full list of where to go and what to do is available from the Discover Ireland Centre, 120 Parade Quay, Waterford City. Tel:  +353 51 875823 : waterford@failteireland.ie

county waterford towns

Dungarvan is a thriving market town and medieval port.  There’s lots to do in Dungarvan, from water sports and deep-sea fishing to fine dining and shopping. 

With 5km of sandy beaches, Tramore is a popular seaside resort. A lively town, Tramore has something for all the family from amusements, surfing, sailing and kayaking to cliff walking, golfing.

Dunmore East  is a charming fishing port and seaside resort set into rugged coastline at the mouth of Waterford estuary.  It’s an unspoiled getaway full of silent coves, clean beaches, fine restaurants and accommodation. Dunmore Harbour attracts many yachts and cruise ships, and serves as a busy fishing port. 

To the west of the county lies the seaside village of Ardmore.  Originally a 5th century monastic settlement, founded by St Declan. Ardmore is famous for its 12th century Round Tower, one of the finest examples of this type of structure in Ireland.  Walking, game fishing and horse riding are all on offer, and these, along with quality guesthouse accommodation, make this an ideal rural retreat.

Cappoquin is a quiet market town in West Waterford at the head of the Blackwater River estuary.  The area offers scenic walks and angling. The 18th century Cappoquin House and Gardens in the centre of the town are open to the public.

The beautiful town of Lismore was once home to an internationally important 6th century monastery sacked by the Vikings.  Lismore was later developed as an estate town and its rich history can be explored at the Heritage Centre in the old courthouse.  Lismore was overall winner of the south east regional award in the 2006 Tidy Towns Competition.

The Waterford Estuary provides a unique touring opportunity, taking in a number of pretty villages and clean, sandy beaches. The area has excellent accommodation, friendly pubs and good restaurants. West of Waterford City lies The Copper Coast, one of the most scenic stretches of rugged coastline in Ireland. This fine stretch of coastline passes through the villages of Fenor, Annestown, Boatstrand, Bunmahon and Stradbally, with Dunhill just inland. The Copper CoastEuropean Geopark offers an excellent guided trail of the area. Inland is the quiet market town of Kilmacthomas, an ideal centre for setting out on walking tours of the Comeragh MountainsRing, or An Rinn in Irish, is a scenic Gaeltacht area south of Dungarvan where Irish (Gaeilge) is the first language of the people. Its people, beautiful scenery, seascape and above all its culturalvitality make Ring a unique place to visit.  The South East Coastal Drive offers stunning views of rock formation, coves and imposing headlands and, often in the distance, vibrantly coloured fishing boats. The route is well sign posted. 

Lismore heritage centre

Tel: 058 54975  www.discoverlismore.com  “Ireland’s Top Small Tourism Town 2015” – Check for opening times and further information on our website.

mount congreve

Mount Congreve Gardens, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford.  Telephone: 051 384115 – Situated in the heart of County Waterford. Open March-October (see advertisement for opening times). Guided Tours for minimum of 10 people all year round. No dogs other than registered guide dogs are allowed entry to the gardens. Find us on Facebook and Instagram


Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Tramore. Tel: 087-0960013

POND ROAD, TRAMORE – The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford. These stunning gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world including Japan. Follow the story of the gardens, first through the Victorian garden, then to the American and Greek gardens, until you eventually arrive in the Japanese gardens which feature many Japanese plants and Japanese architectural features. The gardens are a haven of beauty and tranquility for all who visit. Children are introduced to these magical gardens through a special children’s discovery trail, secret pathways, woodlands and Lafcadio Hearn’s fairytales and folklore.The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Tramore are part of Ireland’s Ancient East Touring Region. (OPEN ALL YEAR) every day. Visit our website for further information and to any changes in opening times.  www.lafcadiohearngardens.com

the waterford greenway

Waterford Greenway

Discover the Waterford Greenway and it’s surroundings, find out more information about the trails here. www.waterfordgreenway.com

viking bike hire

Nestled in Waterford’s Viking Triangle, our base is a short ride from both the stunning scenery of the Waterford Greenway and the metropolitan buzz of Waterford City. This privileged location, rich in cycling heritage, with its scenic routes, vibrant commuter belt has been inspirational to our unique approach of creating a range of cycles that has been developed by riders for riders in all disciplines and styles. We look for the highest possible standards in quality, design and build to deliver consistent performance every single day, whatever your ride throws at you.