Welcome To Waterford!
Is a modern European port wrapped around an ancient Irish city. It's an important commercial centre and this, coupled with a large student population, makes it a fairly lively place. Alongside the city's modernity, though, there's plenty that's traditional, most obviously the place of the pub as a focal point of social activity, and the persistence of traditional music.
Known for its dazzling coastline, beautiful river valleys, and two dramatic mountain ranges, Waterford City is the capital of the Sunny South East of Ireland. Also known as the Crystal County, you can find Waterford Crystal, known for its exquisite arts and crafts.
The city’s origin can be traced back to the Viking times. This explains its medieval atmosphere and riverside bustle. Dungarvan is the capital of the county and is set in a broad, magnificent bay. The peninsulas on each side of the county are both breathtaking and grand. On the west of Dungarvan is a wild peninsula known for the historic seaside resort of Admore and the Gaeltacht, a Gaelic speaking area. On the southeast of Waterford City is the East Waterford Gaultier Coast, a peninsula housing the seaside resort of Dunmore East, with an Anglo-Norman character.
Waterford is a paradise for cycling, water sports, angling, walking, golf, and equestrian lovers. There are two mountain ranges, namely, Comeragh/Monavullagh and Knockmealdown Mountains. Both are accessible and provide breathtaking views of the entire county. The rocks of Copper Coast Geopark have recorded geological events for almost 460 million years. Beautiful river valleys also wait tourists and visitors. These river valleys are shaped by the rivers Suir and Blackwater. You can learn more about the pre- and post-historic events of Waterford by visiting their old houses and gardens.
The town of Lismore was the centre of ecclesiastical and temporal power back in the medieval ages. It was originally a monastic settlement founded in the seventh century by St. Carthage.
Accommodation in Waterford is very accessible from caravan and camping parks to hostels. Self-catering villages and castle accommodation are also available. Festivals are all year round, giving you enough reason to visit the county anytime you like. These include the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera in September and the John Roberts weekend in May. The latter is in honor of John Roberts, an architect who helped design the county.
General information Waterford
Waterford (Port Láirge in Irish) comes from the Old Norse name meaning "ram fjord" or "windy fjord". Waterford sits on Ireland’s south coast and has two mountain ranges, the Knockmealdown Mountains and the Comeragh Mountains. County Waterford is known in Ireland as "The Déise" (An Déise), due to the fact that some time between the 4th and 8th centuries, a native Gaelic tribe called the Déisi were driven from the southern parts of the country, conquering and settling here.
Waterford City is known as the capital of the south east and offers a range of activities from Waterford Crystal to the Waterford Museum of Treasures. Arts, Golf, Water Sports, Equestrian, Walking, Angling and Cycling are all also widely available.Accommodation in Waterford
Waterford has enough accommodation options to cover any requirement or budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possibilities for your stay in Waterford.Hotels in Waterford
Many of Waterford’s hotels enjoy excellent locations right on the seafront, combining attentive service and convenient conditions with beautiful vistas. Hotels in Waterford include the Tower Hotel and Waterford Marina Hotel.Bed & Breakfast in Waterford
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Waterford offer a comfortable and affordable stay along with deliciously cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Waterford includes names such as Grange Lodge B&B in Ardmore and Fern Hill B&B in Tramore.Waterford Restaurants
Many of Waterford’s restaurants take advantage of the county’s coastal location and have specialty fresh seafood dishes. It’s not all seafood though, and many alternatives are also on offer. Popular restaurants in Waterford include Arbutus Restaurant in Waterford City the Michelin Star Cliff House Hotel in Tramore.Shopping in Waterford
There are several gems in Waterford for career shoppers to enjoy. There are a number of craft shops with the world famous Waterford crystal factory supplying the area with beautifully crafted works. Waterford City Square is the premier location for anyone looking to pick up the latest fashions.Waterford Car Rental
Car rentals in Waterford facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. You can plan you own journey thanks to the likes of Ardmore Car Hire, Kill Car Hire, Tallow Car Hire, Tramore Car Hire, Waterford Car Hire and Stradbally Car Hire.Waterford Golf
Waterford has some of Ireland’s finest links golf courses, with a number of parkland sites as well. Golfing in Waterford includes courses such as Faithlegg, Tramore and Dunmore East Golf Clubs.
Attractions Waterford Ireland
Curraghmore House - Portlaw
Located at Portlaw, Curraghmore House is owned by the Marquis of Waterford and has been home to his ancestors since 1170. The interior has exceptionally fine plasterwork. The House is open by prior appointment year round, Monday to Friday. The guided tours are usually conducted personally by Lord Waterford. The superbly landscaped gardens beside Curraghmore House, incorporate a shell house, the interior of which was designed by Catherine,
Lismore Heritage Centre - Lismore
This former courthouse has now become the Lismore Heritage Centre, with Lismore's Celtic origins on view in the historical display room. The story of Lismore dates from 636 and is told in an award-winning presentation narrated by Niall Toibin.
Passage East - Waterford
A small, friendly fishing village based around two open squares. The fishing village is built beneath a high escarpment with small squares, streets and three main quays: Boathouse Quay, Haketts Quay and Middle Quay. From here you can hop on the ferry that crosses the River Suir to the Wexford side of Ballyhack. The village hosts a Mussel Festival every September.
Reginalds Tower - Waterford
Located at The Quay, Waterford City, Reginalds Tower dates from the late twelfth century and is the oldest urban civic building in the country. It has recently been completely restored to its medieval appearance. The heritage museum houses two fascinating collections. On the ground floor, artefacts from the Viking and Medieval periods are on display. The mezzanine floor houses one of Ireland's great collections of decorated charters and civic regalia.
Waterford Crystal Shop - Waterford
Located on the Cork Road out of Waterford City, Waterford Crystal has traditionally extended a warm welcome to visitors from around the world. Tours are given of the production areas where the famous crystal is actually made. Three's also an audio visual presentation, tracing the ancient craft of glassmaking to the present day.