Whereas many individuals haven’t even heard of Waterford, this neglected space of Eire is (in my view), one of many prime locations to go to within the nation. There are quite a few issues to do in Waterford to maintain you busy.
Waterford is named the Déise (pronounced “Day-sha”) County, named after the traditional Celtic tribe who settled right here years in the past. Relationship again to the beginning of the 10th century, the town itself is Eire’s oldest — sure, this space is steeped in historical past!
There may be a lot to do and see within the sunny southeast of Eire, I assumed it was time to place collectively an inventory of important issues to do in Waterford to your subsequent go to — full with some meals and lodging solutions.
Right here we go! 15 distinctive issues to do in Waterford, Eire
1. Go to The Viking Triangle
Because the oldest metropolis in Eire, Waterford doesn’t lack in historical past. All the way in which again to the Déise, via the Vikings and the English settlers, Waterford has seen all of it.
Town is an intricate tapestry of historical past, which is clear at The Viking Triangle in Waterford Metropolis. Small winding sidestreets lead you from Reginald’s Tower on the outdated metropolis partitions to the gorgeous Bishop’s Palace and at last to Christchurch Cathedral the place the well-known Strongbow received married to Aoife MacMurrough. Be sure to cease off to see the bronze statue of them outdoors the Cathedral!
📍 Deal with: Click on right here for instructions
2. Test Out The Home of Waterford Crystal
Proper beside the Bishop’s Palace is the house of Eire’s most well-known crystal. Right here you’ll be able to witness the intricate, mesmerizing strategy of crystal blowing. Get a novel behind-the-scenes have a look at how the knowledgeable craftsmen create a number of the world’s most gorgeous crystal objects.
In the course of the 1-hour tour, you’ll be taught the historical past of crystal making in Waterford, get a have a look at the manufacturing facility, and see the steps of creating crystal gadgets — from molding and blowing, to reducing and engraving. Tickets are simply €15 per individual and may be booked upfront, right here. This is among the issues to do in Waterford that everybody can take pleasure in.
📍 Deal with: 28 The Mall, Waterford, Eire
🕰 Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
🎟 Tickets: Out there On-line
three. Be a part of a Strolling Tour
There’s no higher option to get to know the ins and outs of a vacation spot than by becoming a member of a strolling tour. This is among the greatest issues to do in Waterford if you first arrive, as you’ll be capable of get oriented and get your bearings within the metropolis.
Native information Jack Burtchaell has been operating excursions in Waterford for the previous 25 years! He’s educated and has received quite a few accolades.
The strolling excursions are simply 1 hour lengthy and run from mid-March to mid-October, with four time slots every day. Departing from the Waterford Vacationer Workplace at 11:45 am and 1:45 pm, and from Granville Lodge at midday and a pair of:00 pm. There’s no have to make a reservation, simply present up! Click on right here for extra particulars.
four. Study About The Road Artwork (one of many extra distinctive issues to do in Waterford)
There’s a beautiful worldwide avenue artwork mission in Waterford referred to as the “Waterford Partitions”. Be a part of the founding father of that mission as you wander across the metropolis studying in regards to the regeneration of public areas with giant, vibrant, stunning art work!
There are over 100 items of avenue artwork within the metropolis for everybody to take pleasure in. Be a part of this avenue artwork expertise and be taught the tales behind the murals and in regards to the artists themselves.
5. Be a Viking For The Day
Waterford is full of a historical past that features the Vikings, Normans, and Celtic Tribes. The county is attempting to protect that historical past and heritage, via training and social packages — for each locals and vacationers.
On the Irish Nationwide Heritage Park (which is within the subsequent county over, Wexford), you’ll be able to turn out to be a Viking for a day! Don their conventional clothes (armor included), and find out about the way in which of the Viking. The guides present historical past via comedy and motion — this is among the greatest issues to do in Waterford for the entire household!
The Irish Nationwide Heritage Park is non-profit, together with your entrance charge going instantly again into the social influence firm. Click on right here to be taught extra and to ebook this distinctive expertise.
It’s a 1-hour 10-minute drive from Waterford Metropolis to the Irish Nationwide Heritage Park. For a novel expertise, quite than drive the entire route, depart from Passage East and hop on the automotive ferry throughout the River Barrow to achieve Ballyhack. From there, drive the remainder of the way in which. Study extra in regards to the ferry departures right here.
📍 Deal with: Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford
6. Go Kayaking
Take a brief day journey to Hook Peninsula and be a part of the group at The Irish Expertise for an epic day of paddling on the ocean! This eco-conscious firm will get you kitted out, earlier than setting out for a enjoyable day of paddling.
Discover caves, hidden seashores, rocky cliffs and extra — it is a nice option to see the shoreline. For individuals who are searching for a extra lively, adventurous vacation, a day of kayaking is among the greatest issues to do. Click on right here to be taught extra in regards to the journey.
7. Eat Your Manner Round Waterford on a Meals Tour
What higher option to find out about the very best locations to eat than on a meals tour! The City Fox Tapas Path takes you round Waterford whereas sampling meals paired with drinks alongside the way in which. In between bites, you’ll be taught some historical past and tales in regards to the medieval metropolis and the county of Waterford out of your knowledgeable information.
This foodie tour is a number of enjoyable for teams, , or solo travellers. To be taught extra about this enjoyable night, click on right here.
eight. Head to Dunmore East Journey Centre
Nearly half an hour away from Waterford metropolis is the little coastal city of Dunmore East. It is a excellent place to go to, and whereas it’s just a bit bit outdoors of Waterford Metropolis, it’s straightforward to get right here. Both take your individual wheels or hop on the bus.
At Dunmore Journey, you will get lively within the water — go swimming, kayaking, crusing, canoeing, get up paddleboarding, or play on their large inflatable water park! These are a number of the greatest Waterford actions you are able to do through the summer season. And, it’s an ideal place for households (each kids and adults).
📍 Deal with: The Harbour, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Eire
🕰 Hours: Opening occasions rely on the season. Click on right here for particulars.
9. Go Browsing
Though you don’t typically get the massive swells that the West of Eire will get, the surf in Tramore is nice for learners — three to six foot waves are fairly frequent and are a number of enjoyable to be taught on.
You possibly can lease a board and exit on the waves your self, or go together with a surf faculty like Tramore Surf Store and Surf College. Really, this browsing spot is the place all of us right here at Your Irish Journey met one another! Clearly an effective way to make associates!
10. Courageous the Guillamene Diving Board
Because you’re in Tramore, take a fast journey out to the Guillamene diving board and throw your self into the chilly Atlantic Ocean! The diving board takes you out over the rocky cliffs, so you’ll be able to leap in safely. The board was damaged just a few years in the past by 5 folks standing on it without delay, so keep in mind, solely separately.
It’s nonetheless fairly excessive up although, so watch out. This isn’t an ideal spot for younger youngsters, however effective for everybody else. For those who’re not into leaping off the diving board, that is nonetheless a good looking spot to go for a dip. Word: there’s a “Males Solely” signal, which is only a relic from the previous when this was a showering place for males solely. Nowadays, in fact, girls are welcome.
📍 Deal with: Newtown, Co. Waterford, Eire
11. Go to Tramore Seaside
With all this exercise in Tramore, you would possibly wish to do one thing a little bit extra enjoyable. Take pleasure in an extended stroll on the Tramore Seaside — you’ll have to ensure you do that when the tide is out, otherwise you’ll be getting greater than a little bit moist.
Reward your self with some Fish and Chips from Dooley’s on the Promenade, probably the greatest “chippers” in Waterford. Take pleasure in the entire salty goodness after the salty air.
📍 Deal with: Tramore West, Tramore, Co. Waterford, Eire
12. Hike the Coumshingaun Loop
For those who’re actually trying to work up a sweat, take a look at mountain climbing up and round Coumshingaun lough. That is certainly one of my favorite hikes in Eire, and probably the greatest issues to do in Waterford. This hike is just half an hour away from Waterford Metropolis, so it’s the perfect day journey.
Park on the backside and start your stroll via a small forest on the base of the lake, earlier than starting your ascent to the highest. The path does a loop round Coumshingaun Lake, and it took me about 5 hours together with plenty of photograph breaks! Make sure that to put on acceptable clothes and footwear for this one, and pack some snacks and water. Study extra in regards to the hike in my publish, right here.
📍 Deal with: R676, Kilclooney, Co. Waterford, Eire
13. Stroll Alongside the Copper Coast
The Copper Coast will get its identify from the outdated copper mines within the space, however the views listed here are gorgeous. There are three nice walks within the Copper Coast Geopark to select from, however probably the greatest is The Coastal Mining Path, which is an hour and a half loop.
This loop has superb views of the crumbling stays of the mining business, and you may also drop into the outdated Engine Home Complicated and find out about how the once-thriving mining business labored.
📍 Deal with: Knockmahon, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford (about 30 minutes from Waterford Metropolis)
14. Go to Dungarvan City
This cute little city is effectively well worth the 40-minute drive from Waterford Metropolis. Dungarvan has a tremendous array of craft retailers and cafes to get misplaced in. For those who’re trying to deliver residence some distinctive craft souvenirs, attempt The Seaside Home Gallery for some actually superb stuff you received’t discover anyplace else.
📍 Deal with: Dungarvan, County Waterford, Eire
15. Wander (or Cycle) Alongside The Waterford Greenway
Greenways are popping up throughout Eire, and it’s probably the greatest issues! Outdated, disused railway traces are being paved and opened to the general public for biking and strolling.
This Waterford Greenway is 46km (29miles) of lovely, flat street that takes you thru a tremendous 400-meter lengthy tunnel, over a surprising viaduct, and alongside Waterford’s superb shoreline. This is among the prime free issues to do in Waterford, don’t miss it.
You possibly can lease bikes for less than €20 and electrical bikes for €40 from Waterford Greenway excursions and Bike Rent. In addition they run a shuttle bus, so you are able to do as a lot or as little of the Greenway as you want. Be sure to cease in on the Coach Home for lunch and drop again in time to go to O’Mahony’s candy store. You received’t get a extra conventional Irish expertise anyplace!
You’ll discover different greenways in Carlingford and one other one out in Achill Island. And, very similar to the one in Waterford, these are excellent for some mild train.
Greatest Locations to Eat in Waterford
Alright, let’s get into my favorite a part of exploring a brand new place, the meals! Waterford has a tremendous mixture of native and worldwide meals, right here’s my information to the very best locations to eat in Waterford.
The pleasure and pleasure of The Déise, the Blaa is exclusive to Waterford. Very similar to Champagne, which may solely be referred to as Champagne whether it is made within the Champagne area of France, a floury bun can solely be referred to as a Blaa whether it is made in Waterford.
There are many locations claiming to make the very best Blaas in Waterford, however in my expertise, the Blaas from Hickey’s Bakery in Waterford Metropolis make the very best ones.
Get in early within the day once they’re freshly made and heat. Crunchy on the skin, comfortable and doughy on the within, and coated with a dusting of flour on prime. Butter them up and put in some fried rashers (Irish bacon) or native O’Reilly’s sausages. Positive you couldn’t beat it with a stick.
No. 9 Cafe (nice breakfast spot)
Breakfast is an important meal of the day, so why not kick it off in fashion within the No.9 Cafe proper within the coronary heart of Waterford? These guys are open all day, however their breakfast is just superb. Simply have a look at this mixture of meals you will get! All breakfasts are round €9 a plate — and price each euro.
📍 Deal with: 9 Barronstrand St, Waterford, Eire
🕰 Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm. Friday and Saturday 9:00am to five:30pm. Sunday 11:30am to four:30pm
Momo (an ideal place for lunch)
An ideal lunch spot in Waterford is Momo, which is particularly nice for many who are vegans, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Meat eaters, don’t be postpone, you’ll be able to nonetheless get your repair, and oldsters can be equally delighted that the youngsters menu is just €11.50 for 3 programs! The meals is tasty and effectively introduced.
📍 Deal with: 47 Patrick St, Waterford
🕰 Hours: Tuesday – Thursday midday – 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday midday – 10:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – eight:00pm, Monday closed
Bodega (an ideal place for dinner)
There are some nice eating places in Waterford, however poke your head into Bodega for some Mediterranean/European fashion dishes made with native components. Wash all of it down with a glass of effective wine. For those who’re searching for unbelievable worth, try their early-bird menu for €28 for three programs!
📍 Deal with: 54 John St, Waterford
🕰 Hours: Monday – Saturday 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Blackfriars Cafe (for a pleasant cup of espresso)
Though we’re a nation well-known for our love of tea, we’ve caught up with the world of nice espresso. There are massive chains right here like Starbucks, Costa, and Insomnia, however nothing will ever come near small, native espresso retailers.
The very best espresso store in Waterford is Blackfriars Cafe. Not content material with merely pouring water via espresso grinds, these guys have made espresso an artwork. You received’t be disenchanted.
📍 Deal with: four Blackfriars, Waterford
🕰 Hours: Monday – Saturday, eight:00am – four:00pm
Jaybees Petrol Station (for ice cream!)
You didn’t assume you can come to the Sunny South East of Eire and never get an Ice Cream, did you? Effectively in Eire, we’ve got a beautiful factor referred to as a 99. It’s soft-serve ice cream, poured right into a cone, and often coated with raspberry or chocolate syrup.
The very best 99 I ever had in Waterford was served in Jaybees’ petrol station. It’s run and owned by a gaggle of Amish-Mennonites who’ve lived simply outdoors Tramore since 1992.
Sure, you learn that proper, Irish Amish!
They’re not as strict as many Amish Communities, they also have a Fb web page, however they have an inclination to concentrate on extra conventional methods of residing. Their ice cream and freshly made scones are a testomony to this. This is among the greatest locations to go to in Waterford, ensure you drop in.
📍 Deal with: R684, Dunmore Highway, Co. Waterford
🕰 Hours: Monday – Saturday, eight:00am – 7:00pm
Waterford Fortress (for afternoon tea)
For those who’re trying to be a little bit bit fancy, it’s essential to go to Waterford Fortress for Afternoon Tea. It’s one of the crucial affordable locations to get Afternoon Tea in Eire, at solely €60 for 2.
In truth, we included Waterford Fortress in our article about the very best locations to get Afternoon Tea. You can even keep at this citadel, which is by itself personal island and is superb to discover!
📍 Deal with: The Island, Ballinakill, Co. Waterford
The place to Keep in Waterford
Whether or not you keep in Waterford metropolis middle, or a little bit bit outdoors, getting round Waterford is simple if in case you have your individual automotive. You’re by no means too removed from the motion! Listed below are some nice choices to your keep:
18th Century Barn – why not keep someplace historic and distinctive?! This fantastically transformed barn has a country-style really feel to it, with an open plan, cozy range, and resident canine! Breakfast is included within the keep. Learn opinions, verify the most recent worth, and ebook on Airbnb.
Riverside Residence – positioned on the peaceable river, however strolling distance to the middle, this condominium with a king-sized mattress is an efficient possibility. Only a 2 minute stroll to Waterford Crystal and simply 10 minutes by bike to the Greenway. The balcony has superior views of the river! Learn opinions, verify the most recent worth, and ebook right here on Airbnb.
Dooley’s Lodge – should you’d quite keep in a standard lodge quite than a barn or an condominium, Dooley’s is a good selection! With its stellar location, snug rooms and attractive meals, this is among the prime lodge picks in Waterford Metropolis. Learn opinions, verify the most recent worth and ebook right here on Reserving.com.
Take pleasure in All The Enjoyable Issues To Do in Waterford!
There you’ve got it. Our full information of locations to see and issues to do in Waterford. This a part of Eire is a spot we may return to many times (and we do!). From nature and historical past to adventures and meals — there’s a little bit one thing for everybody in Waterford. Have we missed something? Please tell us and we’ll test it out subsequent time we’re down!