Waterford County is a place of varied scenery with diverse attractions, set against the dramatic backdrop of the mountains and lakes of the Comeragh Range. The Crystal County will welcome you with open arms.
Things to do
On the banks of the river Suir, at the head of Waterford harbour, lies Waterford city, distinguished as the oldest city in Ireland with origins that date back to Viking times and monuments that have stood in its streets for more than a thousand years. Waterford’s most famous landmark is Reginald’s Tower. The tower is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. Built at the beginning of the 13th century, this is a circular defense tower and it has been used as a mint, a prison and a military store.
At the heart of Waterford city, visitors will encounter Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre, home to the world famous crystal. Take a tour through the factory and magic will unfold before your eyes, as exquisite pieces of crystal are created. Not surprisingly, the visitor centre houses the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.
Before leaving the city make sure to stop at the Waterford Museum of Treasures. An inventive and ingenious multi-layered facility where history comes to life through displays of real artefacts and other media tools. Waterford’s history is narrated from the Viking era to modern day. Attend the reenactement of the wedding that would forever change the fate of Ireland, as the Norman warrior Strongbow marries local princess Aoife.
Waterford’s picturesque coastline is filled with a string of lively towns including the popular seaside resorts of Tramore, Dunmore East and Dungarvan. The Copper Coast European Geopark comprises 25 km of spectacular coastline composed of sandy beaches and coves. There are plenty of water activities to choose from such as diving, surfing, sailing, kayaking or wind surfing.
If you decide to explore the countryside, make sure to take an exciting journey through the rails of the Golden Age with the Waterford & Suir Vallley Railway. Starting in Kilmeadan, this trip will bring you along the banks of the River Suir, through the countryside where you will be able to enjoy fabulous scenery, including views of Mount Congreve Gardens and the Woodstown Viking site.
No visit to Waterford would be complete without a visit to Lismore Castle & Gardens. Set in breathtaking scenery the castle is designed in Gothic style and contains some of the finest examples of domestic Pugin furniture still in private hands. The castle is not open to the public, with the exception of the West wing, which was renovated to house a contemporary art gallery. The gardens are open to the public in the Summer months and are believed to be the oldest in Ireland. They maintain most of their original Jacobean form.
Nowhere will people find a wider variety of things to see and do than in Waterford. Soak up the sunshine, splash in crystal clear waters, explore ancient castles and abbeys, play on the golden stretches of beach and get busy with a wealth of watersports and adventure activities. This is the Sunshine County, this is Waterford.
Hidden Ireland Historic Country Guest Houses
Bed and Breakfast
Built in the dunes overlooking Woodstown Strand, Gaultier Lodge has a panoramic view over Waterford Harbour, from Duncannon Fort and Hook Head on theWexford shore to Creadan Head in County Waterford. This Regency house was built in the early 19th century as a nobleman’s seaside lodge. Unusually, the reception rooms are on the upper ﬂoor, which further accentuates the wonderful views. The large garden and lawns are completely private, with their own gate opening directly onto the beach. The owner, Sheila Molloy,is a keen horsewoman and an entertaining hostess. A ﬁne cook, she will ensure that your stay is relaxing, enjoyable and memorable.