Located on The Mall, overlooking the historic district of the Viking Triangle in Waterford City, visitors to the globally renowned House of Waterford Crystal can learn the history and stories behind one of Ireland’s most iconic brands. Marvel at the skill of master craftsmen on a Factory Tour that showcases all stages in the creation of this fine crystal.

Following the tour, browse the largest showcase of Waterford Crystal in the world including an exhibition of Waterford Crystal’s world sporting trophies. Relax in The Crystal Café, serving delicious breakfast and lunch options, or Indulge in a beautiful Afternoon Tea Experience. For more information visit www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com


Reginald’s Tower, a circular defence tower, in Waterford City, was built at the beginning of the 13th century and has played a pivotal role in Ireland's history, now hosting a major new exhibition of Waterford Treasures, relating to the story of Waterford’s Viking heritage.

It was here that Strongbow, the leader of the Anglo-Norman invasion force, met Aoife, the daughter of Dermot Mc Murrough, King of Leinster. Their marriage changed the course of Irish history forever. 
At various stages Reginald’s Tower has been used as a mint, prison and military store.


From hidden coves to mountain scenery, this loop explores Waterford’s coastal UNESCO European Geopark taking in Waterford, Tramore, Dungarvan, Comeragh Mountains Loop, Lemybrien, before venturing into the mountains to the spectacular Mahon Falls and back to Waterford city. Distance: 170km. (106 miles) approx.  

It’s a hypnotic route, spotted with Blue Flag beaches, stunning views and pretty villages. Places to see on route: Tramore Strand, The Metal Man, Fenor Bog, Tankardstown Mine, The Nire Valley, Ormond Castle, Mahon Falls, Curraghmore House & Gardens and Waterford & Suir Valley Railway.


Waterford city has the finest collection of 18th Century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glassmaking. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace. 

Today, the Bishop’s Palace Museum houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives visitors a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750s, Ireland’s second city.


If you love the magical and festive Christmas atmosphere, you can’t miss the Winterval Festival in Waterford. From November 17th to December 23rd, Ireland’s oldest city becomes a winter wonderland, with market stalls selling crafts, crepes and hot chocolates, and a wide variety of activities to amuse and entertain all ages. Exciting attractions like horse-drawn sleigh rides, outdoor ice skating rinks, and spectacular light displays will give you and your family a breath-taking, intimate and cosy experience you will never forget.