Located along the south coast of Ireland, Waterford City is the oldest city on the island having been founded in 914 by the Vikings. This Viking influence is still felt throughout the city to this day, with the Viking Triangle being one of the most popular areas in the city, for visitors and locals alike. The Viking Triangle is the cultural and heritage quarter of the city, introducing you to the magic of this old city. Characterised by narrow, cobbled streets, the Viking Triangle is home to galleries, museums, cathedrals, churches and the city walls.
The Viking Triangle is also one of the most popular areas in the city to enjoy food and drink, something that Waterford is enjoying a growing reputation for. If you want to enjoy the very best of local produce in Waterford, be sure to visit Bodéga and McLeary's, both a short walk from the Viking Triangle.
Hungry for Heritage
While the Viking Triangle introduces you to the culture and heritage of the city, a trip to the House of Waterford Crystal will introduce you to their most famous export - crystal. Enjoy a tour of the factory and watch as the team of master craftsmen shape and produce magical pieces of Waterford Crystal before your very eyes. For lovers of arts and crafts this factory is a must see. Witness everything from the mold room and blowing department to the sculpting and engraving area.
Relive the medieval days of yester year in Waterford by visiting one of the many castles located in the county. Two castles that are a must see are Waterford Castle and Lismore Castle, both equally impressive in their own way.
The Sea Breeze
It's not just great food, history and lots of culture that makes Waterford one of Ireland's most popular holiday destinations, it's the long stretch of golden beaches and popular seaside towns that have visitors from all over Ireland, and further afield flocking here every year. Towns like Tramore, Dunmore and Dungarvan are all home to some of the finest blue flag beaches in Ireland. Whether it's a day at the seaside with the family, or a weekend surfing break that you‘re after, Waterford's beaches will certainly keep you entertained hour after hour.
Another popular part of Waterford City is the port area, which is one of the most popular cruise ship areas in Ireland. Waterford has a strong maritime tradition and the city Marina is located at the port in the heart of the city, providing easy access to many popular shops, cafes, restaurants and bars in the city center. With regular festivals throughout the year, the Port of Waterford is a popular destination for many visitors to the city.