Things to see and do - Waterford
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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
The Mall IRL - Waterford
The famous Waterford glassworks were founded in 1783. They are now the world's largest crystal factory. Visitors can appreciate the different stages of glass-making, beginning with molten glass casting and concluding with delicate polishing. A collec..
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 and features free Wi-Fi on the ground floor. 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..
Mainstreet IRL - Lismore
Originally built in 1797 by the Duke of Devonshire, Lismore House Hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a 24-hour front desk. Located in the heart of the beautiful heritage town of Lismore, it also offers free Wi-Fi access to all guests. Still maintaini..
Tramore IRL - Tramore
The Majestic Hotel is just a 1-minute walk from the 5 km stretch of golden sands of Tramore Beach and 12 km from Waterford. It boasts a restaurant overlooking Tramore Bay and free WiFi access. Rooms at the Majestic feature shower rooms with hairdrye..
The Island, Ballinakill IRL - Port Láirge
Beautiful oak wood panelled hotel dining room, featuring an ornate ceiling and a delightful hand-carved fireplace. The classical menu displays bold flavours and name-checks local producers. Formal service and live piano accompaniment.
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.
Bridge St IRL - Port Láirge / Waterford
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