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Welcome to Waterford

Welcome to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in 914 A.D. Waterford has a history of over 1,000 years including Ancient Viking creations, Norman constructs and glittering expanses of immaculately crafted crystal.  Famous the world over for its hand-crafted crystal, the factory has been crafting elegant crystal creations since 1783 and today offers tours at the company’s facility near the historic district. At Waterford’s centre, climb to the top of Reginald’s Tower, the massive stone fortress named for Waterford’s founder Ragnall and look out over the city, imagining how it must have looked in the 13th Century. Close by, visit the Medieval Museum displaying its own treasures including the Great Charter Roll of 1373, which depicts Waterford as it was in the medieval ages and the Bishop’s Palace, an elegant townhouse where you can discover the Georgian period of the city. 

Of course, it’s not just the history that makes Waterford such a compelling destination. The city is also known for its craft beers and its blaas – delicious white floury bread rolls, unique to Waterford. Why not come along to one of the City’s festivals – Spraoi, held in August is an outdoor arts festival incorporating street theatre, music and a colourful costumed parade. The Waterford Harvest Festival is held in September and focuses on regional foods and food producers, and the Imagine Arts Festival, held in October is a wide-ranging event including music, dance, film and various visual arts.

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  • 1.02km to City/Town Centre

    Cliff House Hotel

    Cliff House Hotel is a five-star, privately owned luxury hotel located close to Cork and Waterford on the southern coastline of Ireland. We hold an intimate seaside spa, an award-winning 'House' Restaurant and are proud members of Relais and Chateaux.

    Address: Middle Road, Ardmore, Co. Waterford

    • Waterford Golf Club - km
    • Waterford Crystal - km
  • 1.02km to City/Town Centre

    Dooley's Hotel

    Dooley's Hotel is a 3rd generation family run hotel, celebrating 70 years in business. Located on Waterford's Quayside this city centre hotel has transformed itself into a 112 bedroom hotel with a large conference and banqueting suite, bar and restaurant. The shopping, sightseeing and business districts are a stone's throw from our Waterford City Centre Hotel which boasts views of the River Suir. The hotel is across the road from Waterford Bus Station, 5 minutes walk to the train station and less than 10km to Waterford Airport. Waterford City is connected to Dublin City and Airport via to M9 motorway and is less than a 2 hour drive. Dooley's Hotel is a unique, family owned and operated hotel and the Darrer Family have welcomed guests to Ireland's Oldest City (celebrating 1,100 years) for over 70 years, and is a first choice location for Corporate and Leisure Guests, Conferences, Weddings, or just a short breakaway. Let our friendly team help you discover all that Waterford has to offer including the world famous Waterford Crystal, the stunning Mount Congreve Gardens, the new Viking Triangle Cultural Area of Waterford City and Waterford's newest tourist attraction: Waterford Greenway. Dooley's Hotel, Waterford is delighted to be part of Ireland's Ancient East.

    Address: Merchant's Quay, Waterford

    • Holy Trinity Cathedrals - km
    • Waterford Cathedral - km
  • 3.92km to City/Town Centre

    Gold Coast Golf Resort

    The Gold Coast Hotel, part of the Gold Coast Holiday, Golf & Sports Resort, is located close to Ballinacourty Pier, & overlooking Dungarvan Bay. The Resort's Gold Coast Golf Course, an 18-hole championship parkland, is adjacent to the Hotel. The Hotel has an indoor Leisure Centre with Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room & Jacuzzi. There is a small Gym/Cardio room on the lower level of the hotel for all to enjoy.The Hotel bedrooms are ensuite with a selection of Seaview or Garden view rooms on offer. Each bedroom is equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.The Resort has a well-designed playground and a tennis court which are available for guest use.Breakfast is available at €12.50pp and €6.50 per child.Local activities include cycling, running and walking on the nearby Déise Greenway, which is situated along the Waterford to Dungarvan Railway. Bicycles may be hired and delivered to you at the Resort.

    Address: Gold Coast Golf Resort, Dungarvan, X35 EA40 Co. Waterford

    • Comeragh Mountains - km
    • Waterford Crystal - km
  • 1.26km to City/Town Centre

    Granville Hotel

    The Granville Hotel is a family run, 4 star City Centre Hotel. This boutique style hotel has a rich history dating back to the 1700s and is the birthplace of Thomas Francis Meagher, the man responsible for our Irish National Flag. Each room is individually decorated and while keeping with the traditional theme of the hotel we also boast all of the modern conveniences. The Granville Hotel is an ideal base for exploring Waterford with the Viking Triangle only a 5 minute walk from the hotel and the Waterford Greenway just a 10 minute walk.

    Address: Meagher Quay, Waterford City, Co. Waterford

    • Waterford Cathedral - km
    • Holy Trinity Cathedrals - km
  • 0.67km to City/Town Centre

    Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan

    Welcome to Lawlors Family Run Hotel Dungarvan, one of the best known and longest established hotels in the coastal town of Dungarvan, Waterford, in the South East of Ireland. The hotel is situated on Dungarvan Harbour, where the River Colligan broadens and enters the sea. We offer warm, comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation as well as excellent conference and wedding facilities.Lawlors HotelBridge StreetDungarvanCo. Waterford

    Address: Lawlors HotelBridge StreetDungarvanCo. Waterford

    • Comeragh Mountains - km
    • Ballymacarbry - km
  • 0.22km to City/Town Centre

    Round Tower Hotel (The)

    Family run hotel situated within walking distance of Ardmore's award-winning beach. Round Tower Hotel offers 12 well appointed en suite bedrooms. Fresh local produce features prominently on both the bar and restaurant menus. The ancient monastic settlement of St. Declan & the Round Tower are situated behind the hotel. Ardmore also boasts some world famous cliff walks and breathtaking scenery.

    Address: College Road, Ardmore, Co. Waterford

    • Comeragh Mountains - km
    • Waterford Crystal - km
  • 1.11km to City/Town Centre

    The Park Hotel, Dungarvan

    The Park Hotel is a family owned hotel in the coastal town of Dungarvan, County Waterford. Situated on 5 acres of landscaped gardens. The 3-star Park Hotel offers guests a truly Irish, warm family welcome. The Flynn family are second generation hoteliers and The Park Hotel provides close bonds to that history and their beginnings. There is a true sense to the genuine meaning of providing hospitality to be found at the hotel. A family run hotel is a hotel that understands families and at The Park Hotel your family is an extension of ours. With spacious bedroom accommodation ideal for families and our self catering houses on the site; there is plenty options to choose from. During busy summer months, Easter break and Mid-term break we offer an on-site Kids Club. Within walking distance of the hotel, Dungarvan provides two Children's Playground, Cinema and there is also the option to take a picnic down to Colligan Woods or take a dip at Clonea Strand a blue flag beach.

    Address: Shandon Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

    • Comeragh Mountains - km
    • Ballymacarbry - km
  • 1.7km to City/Town Centre

    Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre Waterford

    The Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre, owned by the Neville family, is located in the heart of Waterford City. The hotel offers accommodation in 134 bedrooms as well as leisure and fitness facilities, including a gym, pool, spa and Re>Nu treatment rooms. The Tower Hotel is also Waterford's premier wedding and civil ceremony venue, offering great value all-inclusive packages. In addition, the hotel is the largest conference venue in Waterford.

    Address: The Mall, Waterford, Ireland X91 VXE0

    • Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum - km
    • The Viking Triangle - km
  • 2.72km to City/Town Centre

    Viking Hotel Waterford

    Located only 4km from Waterford city center and offering free parking and complimentary Wifi throughout the property. Viking hotel is the perfect base for both leisure and business guests.Guests can enjoy preferred rates in the WIT arena gym which is a short drive away. you won't have to stray far to enjoy a nice meal with a delicious carvery lunch, afternoon snacks and an evening meal from their a la carte menu served daily.

    Address: Cork Rd, Waterford

    • Waterford Crystal - km
    • Waterford Golf Club - km
  • 1.85km to City/Town Centre

    Waterford Marina Hotel

    The Waterford Marina Hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility and is ideally located in the heart of Waterford City, nestled idyllically on the banks of the River Suir with Complimentary onsite Parking. The hotel is an ideal base for the family, leisure or business guest looking for Waterford Hotels. In advance of your stay why not check out our reviews of hotels in Waterford. We also have we have a broad selection of Waterford special offers and last minute deals on accommodation in Waterford to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable at this 3 Star Accommodation Waterford.

    Address: Canada Street, Waterford

    • Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum - km
    • The Viking Triangle - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Lismore Castle
  • Comeragh Mountains
  • Tramore Beach
  • Holy Trinity Cathedrals
  • Waterford Golf Club
  • Edmund Rice Heritage Centre
  • Ballymacarbry
  • Carrickbeg Urban
  • Theatre Royal
  • Bishop's Palace
  • Tramore Racecourse
  • Ballyduff
  • Pure Adventure Day Tour
  • Waterford Municipal Golf Course
  • Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium

Things to Do

  • The Waterford Crystal Factory tour brings you on the magical journey of crystal manufacturing. See exquisite pieces of crystal created before your very eyes, take in the heady atmosphere of the blowing room with its mix of heat, noise and bustling activity. The skilled craftsmen are meticulous as you watch them transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes.

  • Waterford Treasures: Three Museums in the Viking Triangle found in the heart of Waterford. These award winning treasures comprise of the massive stone fortress Reginald’s Tower, housing Waterford’s Viking Treasures; the Medieval Museum showcasing spectacular Treasures from the Middle Ages and the elegant 1743 Bishop’s Palace, the home of the Treasures of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre: Begin your discovery of Waterford’s unique coastline at the Copper Coast Global Geopark Visitor Centre. The Copper Coast is internationally recognised for its unique geological heritage and naturally stunning geological formations of the coastline with its undisturbed and raw beauty. The Geological and Mining Heritage Exhibition and its range of trails is suitable for all ages and abilities. 

  • The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan. You can run, walk or cycle along the route that provides stunning landscapes, eleven bridges, three tall viaducts and a 400m long tunnel with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains and Dungarvan Bay.

  • St Declan’s Monastery in Ardmore is one of Ireland’s earliest monastic sites and Ireland’s only coastal monastery still in existence. This monastery was built on a striking setting high on a hill over-looking the Irish Sea and contains a wide range of archaeological features. These include the impressive 12th century round-tower, an early stone orator and a ruined 12th century cathedral. 

  • Lismore Castle Gardens is one of the highlights of The Waterford Garden Trail, which includes fifteen gardens around Co Waterford. Lismore Castle itself is a private residence but visitors are invited to wander the historic gardens, arranged over seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls of the Castle.  The gardens also offer spectacular views of both the castle and the surrounding countryside of the Blackwater valley. They feature a wide variety of plants and trees as well as a permanent sculpture collection. 

  • Waterford & Suir Valley Railway: This family friendly railway runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering panoramic views of the river itself, Mount Congreve Gardens and the surrounding rolling farmland. This narrow gauge railway follows over 6km of the route of the abandoned Waterford-Dungarvan line. This area is rich in history and is only accessible by train. The train station, a restored mark 2 railway carriage, is located just outside the village of Kilmeaden. 

  • Curraghmore Estate has belonged to the family of Lord and Lady Waterford since the 12th century and is the largest private demesne in Ireland. It comprises 2,500 acres of lavish gardens, woodlands and grazing fields. Curraghmore is 14km northwest of Waterford town, off the R680 near the pretty village of Portlaw.

  • Dotted along County Waterford’s spectacular coastline are towns and villages, each to be found with their own unique charms – Dunmore East is a charming fishing village with first class restaurants specialising in the ‘catch of the day’; Tramore has a spectacular beach, fun park and Splashworld, an indoor water extravaganza for families to enjoy.  Towns found in West Waterford include Lismore, Cappoquin and Ballymacarbry in the Nire Valley, forming a natural playground for Equestrian, Walking, Angling, Water Sports and Cycling holidays.