If you’re touring the south of Ireland while on holidays then be sure you check out the beautiful county of Waterford. It’s a charming county, full of ancient attractions, a fascinating coastline and one of the oldest cities in Ireland. Waterford is a friendly and inviting county, so make sure you explore all that it has to offer. Here are a few attractions to put on your sightseeing list…
Waterford city was founded by the Vikings around 852AD and is a treasure trove of historic attractions, ancient cobbled streets and a charming harbour. Despite being a historic city, Waterford has its fair share of ultra modern shops, trendy bars and hopping nightclubs making it a top destination for shopping and nightlife in the south east of Ireland.
Attractions to see within the city itself include Christ Church Cathedral. This neo-classical Georgian cathedral, which claims to be the only one of its kind in Ireland, was built in the 11th century. As well as being a building of amazing architectural significance, it’s also a prime venue for concerts, exhibitions and recitals. Visit the Christ Church Cathedral Waterford website for more.
Also located in the city at Merchant’s Quay is the Waterford Museum of Treasures. This is a fantastic place to start your exploration of Waterford as it will take you back 1000 years and tell you how the city took form from Viking times to present. It boasts an impressive collection of archeologically and historical artefacts as well as 6 audiovisual presentations. Visit the Waterford Museum of Treasures website for more info.
Other attractions worth a visit in Waterford city include; Reginald’s Tower, the City Hall, the Waterford City Halls and the Theatre Royal.
If you’re using Waterford city as a base for your stay in the south east of Ireland, then make sure you take the wonderful countryside and visit some of these top attractions.
In the picturesque town of Dungarvan in west County Waterford is where you’ll find the Waterford County Museum. It’s located in the Town Hall and is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Dungarvan and Waterford. Here you’ll see an exhibition of historical artefacts, genealogy, maritime history and lots more. The museum also plays host to travelling exhibitions, lectures and field trips. For more info please visit the Waterford County Museum website.
If you want to get a real glimpse of Waterford, then we suggest you drive along the ‘Copper Coast’. This drive will take you from Tramore, through 6 pretty Irish villages, finally ending up in Dungarvan. Along the way, you will be amazed by the scenery – with golden beaches on one side and the magnificent Comeragh Mountains on the other. Visit The Copper Coast website for more on what this unique part of the south east has got instore for its visitors.
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