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  • 1 Wateford Crystal Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    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..

  • 2 Round Church Tower Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R673 IRL - Ardmore

    This church tower, probably built towards the end of the 12C, has a conical roof. On its regular stonework cornices can be seen indicating the position of each of the four floors as well as corbels in the shape of human figures. A volute decorates th..

  • 3 Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    IRL - Ardmore

    Next to the round bell tower, the «cathedral», which dates from the 10C to the 14C, has an interior arcade and pointed arch which separates the nave from the choir. This church is notable for its arcatures, added to the west gable during restoration ..

  • 4 Castle Grounds Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N 72 IRL - Lismore

    Spenser is said to have written part of his allegorical poem The Faerie Queene here between 1552 and 1599. The gardens are set on both sides of the castle entrance, known as Riding Gate. The lower garden, also known as the Pleasure Grounds, dates fro..

  • 5 The Gap Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R 688 IRL - Lismore

    The road over Mount Knockmealdown offers many beautiful views. On the north side of Sugar Loaf Mountain (653 m) stands a memorial cairn, Grubb's Grave. Samuel Grubb was a local Quaker who died around 1920. He chose to be buried in the upright positio..

  • 6 Mount Melleray Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    IRL - Lismore

    As this abbey is a Cistercian monastery, only the public church and part of the community church are open to the public. It was founded in 1832 to receive the exiled Melleray Community from Loire-Atlantique. Being mainly composed of Irish monks, this..

  • 7 Reginald's Tower Museum Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Quay IRL - Waterford

    This stone fortress on a panoramic site overlooking the River Suir was built by the Vikings in 1013 to defend the city. Its three floors, connected by a staircase cut into the thick walls, now contain an exhibition on the towers and fortifications.

  • 8 Waterford Treasures Interesting

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 9 Christ Church Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Cathedral Sq. IRL - Waterford

    The current building was designed by John Roberts (1714-1796) in 18C English Classical style. It was completed in 1779. Inside there is a model of the Viking church that stood on this site from 1050 until 1773, as well as several monuments from the m..

  • 10 Medieval Waterford Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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 ..

  • 11 Dysert Church

    Religious buildings

    R 673 IRL - Ardmore

    Dysert Church, located on the cliff, dates back to the 5C. The eastern end of the church appears to date from the 14C and St Declan's Holy Well can be found nearby. On the beach below, St Declan's Stone is a glacial rock left over from the Ice Age wh..

  • 12 The West Bank

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Davitt Quay IRL - Dungarvan

    King John's Castle, built by Jack Lackland in 1185 soon after the Norman invasion, has a vast circular dungeon surrounded by fortified walls. It was altered constantly over subsequent centuries. The public library houses the nautical museum. Local sh..

  • 13 The Eastern Bank(Abbeyside)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Abbey IRL - Dungarvan

    On the east bank of the river stand the ruins of a 13C Augustinian priory, founded by the McGraths, who also ordered the construction of a castle in the 12C or 13C. Today only the west wall remains. The walk, between the cemetery and the seashore, of..

  • 14 Master McGrath Monument

    Museums and art

    R 672 IRL - Dungarvan

    The only Irish monument built in honour of a dog is in memory of a greyhound raised in the region who won the «Waterloo Cup» in England three times between 1868 and 1871. He was only beaten once in his 37 races.

  • 15 St Carthage's Cathedral (Anglican)

    Religious buildings

    South Mall IRL - Lismore

    Most of the present-day monument dates from the early 17C, though two earlier religious buildings preceded it. Stone fragments from the west wall are the only remains of Great Lismore Church, first mentioned in 1173. A new cathedral was built in 1207..

  • 16 St Carthach's Church (Roman Catholic)

    Religious buildings

    Chapel St. IRL - Lismore

    Designed in 1881 by W. G. Doolin, this red sandstone building with white limestone dressings is one of Ireland's most notable Norman churches in the Lombard style. Its adjacent square tower is in the style of Italian campaniles. A mosaic of Christ is..

  • 17 Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    IRL - Lismore

    The Old Courthouse provides visitors with a sense of the city's history through models and an audio visual presentation.

  • 18 City Walls

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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-10C Danish walls, especially the sallyports in Reginald's Bar near Reginald's Tower.

  • 19 City Hall et Theatre Royal

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Mall IRL - Waterford

    The City Hall, originally the city exchange, was designed by John Roberts in 1788. The first floor council chamber displays a complete 18C Waterford crystal dinner service. There is also a cut-glass chandelier of similar vintage and a painting of Wat..

  • 20 French Church

    Religious buildings

    Greyfriar's St. IRL - Waterford

    The tower and the chancel walls belonged to a Franciscan foundation, built in 1240, and remained the property of the friars until 1539. The Holy Ghost hospital occupied part of the building from 1545 until 1882, when it was moved to the outskirts of ..

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