From exploring the countryside to steeping yourself in medieval history, Waterford city and county has plenty to offer locals and tourists of all ages.
Waterford Live has compiled TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things to Do in the county. Why not take in one of the unforgettable adventures below before unwinding in one of Waterford's finest restaurants?
1. Waterford Greenway
Waterford Greenway is a breathtaking 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.
“My friend and I cycled the Greenway from Dungarvan to Waterford. Sadly it was foggy leaving Dungarvan so we missed the glorious bay and beach views but the sun soon came out and the rest of the Greenway didn't disappoint. The Coffee Dock in Kilmacthomas was a great pitstop at the halfway point. It took us four hours to complete including a refreshment stop and we had a real sense of achievement (and a cold beer!) when we'd finished! The Greenway is a must do on your trip to Waterford - one piece of advice is to start your cycle early as it starts to get more crowded later in the day,” a reviewer from the United Kingdom said.
2. King of the Vikings: Virtual Reality
King of the Vikings Virtual Reality experience combines cutting edge technology with ancient Viking house building techniques. Each experience lasts 30 minutes and booking is highly recommended as spaces are limited.
“My sister, a friend and I were travelling through Ireland and had one day in Waterford. We read about this tour online and decided to go. I emailed David and he was quick to respond. We were able to book our tour ahead of time and pick our tickets up the day of. We actually arrived in time for the tour before ours because we were ahead of schedule, but they were able to accommodate and get us in for the earlier tour. The tour itself was quite fun and unquestionably our favourite activity in Waterford,” a reviewer from the United States praised.
3.Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
The magnificent curved façade of the Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and the only building in the country to incorporate two medieval chambers.
“The Medieval Museum contains quite a collection of artefacts documenting the city’s rich and interesting past. It does help having a guide that keeps things interesting throughout, keeps things interactive and makes sure to catch people's interest. The building itself (the basement area and the very modern and sleek facade) is nearly as interesting as the items inside. It is a good idea to let people free to go back after the guided tour and see in greater detail items of interest. There are some activities for the children as well. There's a package with the Bishop’s Palace and they are both recommended if visiting the city,” a reviewer from Dublin said.
4. Mount Congreve House and Gardens
Mount Congreve House was built around 1760 by local architect John Roberts, who subsequently designed and built most of the 18th century public buildings in Waterford. It is famous for being the home of one of “the great gardens of the world”.
“Love Mount Congreve and try to visit as often as possible. Lovely place for a walk and kids don’t realise they’re exercising! So many flowers and lovely view of the River Suir. Reasonably priced. Could spend hours here and lovely coffee shop to finish off,” a reviewer from Dungarvan said.
5. House of Waterford Crystal
From humble beginnings, Waterford Crystal has dazzled visitors for more than 200 years, thanks to the visionary characters behind its evolution crafting a unique story in glass.
“My husband and I were on a group bus tour and we stopped at the Waterford Crystal location. I've always been fascinated by glassblowing, so it was very interesting to watch them making crystal items and hearing about the process from our tour guide,” a reviewer said.
6. Bishop's Palace
Bishop’s Palace museum is an exquisite architectural jewel in Waterford city. It has attracted visitors for over 250 years, with the ground and first floors furnished as a very elegant 18th century townhouse.
“I’ve rarely come across a museum as interesting, as full of information, as brilliantly organised, and as thoughtfully illustrated as this one. It gives a fascinating account, through pictures and information panels, of the last few hundred years of the history of Waterford. The staff could not be more helpful, well informed or friendly. Altogether a wonderful visit. Thanks, Waterford,” a reviewer praised.
7. Comeragh Drive
The scenic drive takes in Mahon Falls, Comeragh Drive, Kilrossanty, Kilbrien, Ballymacarbry, Nire Valley and Dungarvan.
“The drive around the Comeragh Mountains is amazing with great views of the surrounding countryside and all the way down to the coast. There is a car park near Mahon Falls and you have to climb up along a decent walkway up to the falls,” a Wexford reviewer said.
8. Reginald's Tower
Reginald’s Tower is Waterford’s landmark monument and Ireland’s oldest civic building. It has been in continuous use for over 800 years, with the tower now housing an exhibition on Viking Waterford.
“The view and the interiors are FANTASTIC! Really well conserved and a pleasant visit! Helpful staff,” a reviewer from Brazil said.
9. The Viking Triangle
The Viking Triangle is Waterford’s cultural and heritage quarter. Visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the area, which is renowned for its narrow streets, atmospheric public spaces and array of attractions.
“So many historical locations all within walking distance. The Bishop's Palace, Reginald's Tower, the Medieval Museum. This cobbled area is well preserved and well presented. Well worth the walk around and perfect area to take photographs,” a reviewer from Cork said.
10. Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral is located in the heart of Waterford city on the site of an 11th century Viking church where English knight Strongbow and Irish princess Aoife, daughter of King of Leinster Diarmait Mac Murchada, married in 1170. It is one of the most important historic sites in the country.
“I was pleasantly surprised when we entered this cathedral at how bright and beautiful it was on the inside. The pipe organ was beautiful and a prominent feature as you entered the building. There were stained glass windows throughout as well as statues and memorials that were interesting to read and look at. The church had a very welcoming feeling to those who visited,” a reviewer from London said.
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