Things to see and do - Waterford
Unmissable tourist sites
Waterford Travel guide
Waterford : Michelin's recommendations
Waterford, a large industrial seaport, dominates the south bank of the Suir upstream from its confluence with the River Barrow in Waterford Harbour. Famous for its crystal, the town's economic prosperity has been based largely on glassware since the fifties, when the industry was revived. Danish Vikings founded Vadrefjord Colony here in 853. Under their rule, Waterford became the second Anglo-Norman town in Ireland, after Dublin.
Tourist attractions Waterford : Things to see and do
Brown's Lane IRL - Waterford
The watchtower (10m high) surveys a well- preserved section of these extensive walls. As well as 13C Norman extensions,. there are also traces of 9C and 10C Danish walls, especially the sallyports in Reginald's Bar near Reginald Tower.
The Mall IRL - Waterford
This building houses an exhibition of Viking and medieval finds from local excavations. There are coins, leather-work, woven clothing, pottery, bone needles and wooden bowls and spoons, as well as the plan of a Viking house. The city charters and reg..
Cathedral Sq. IRL - Waterford
During the construction of the shopping centre, 12 layers of housing, resting on Viking foundations, were discovered. Stones mark the location of St. Peter's Church (12C), earliest example of an apsed church in Ireland. The mural depicts the area in ..
Strand Road IRL - Tramore
Overlooking the Irish Sea, The Sands Hotel is just 100 metres from the beach. An en suite bathroom and TV is included in each room at The Sands Hotel, and some feature views of the sea. Food and drink can be enjoyed in the on-site bar, which featur..
Dunmore East Road, Faithlegg IRL - Waterford .
Faithlegg House Hotel is located on the River Suir Estuary, 5 miles from Waterford Airport. It has a leisure club with pool, spa bath and gym, an award-winning restaurant and rooms with countryside views. The Spacious rooms at Faithlegg House Hotel ..
Tramore IRL - Tramore
The Majestic Hotel is just a 1-minute walk from the golden sands of Tramore Beach. It boasts a fine restaurant overlooking Tramore Bay, comfortable rooms and free Wi-Fi access. Rooms at the Majestic feature shower rooms with hairdryers. Rooms also i..
Bridge St IRL - Port Láirge / Waterford
The Island, Ballinakill IRL - Port Láirge
Beautiful oak wood panelled hotel dining room, featuring an ornate ceiling and a delightful hand-carved fireplace. Classically based menus feature bold flavours and name-check local producers. Formal service and live piano accompaniment.
20 The Mall IRL - Port Láirge / Waterford
Established restaurant by the Waterford Crystal factory, that has many repeat customers. Cosy lounge, boldly papered dining rooms and a funky bar. Classic Italian cooking with delicious antipasti, superb ravioli and tasty homemade gelato.
Christendom, Ferrybank IRL - Port Láirge
Conservatory-style hotel restaurant looking out over gardens and the river to the city. Light lunches and more elaborate dinners. Be sure to save room for one of their puddings - the Guinness crème brûlée is a must. Live piano at weekends.
Nire Valley IRL - Ballymacarbry
2 George's St IRL - Port Láirge / Waterford
Characterful, candlelit restaurant in the vaulted cellars of a fine Georgian house; start with an aperitif in the stone-floored bar. The French chefs offer a bewildering array of classic Gallic dishes, which include daily market specials.