Where Ireland Begins
Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings in Ireland’s oldest city, offering generations of history to delve in to and explore. Meander the Viking Triangle, consisting of narrow interlocking streets to discover the Bishop’s Palace, Reginald’s Tower and the home of Waterford Crystal. For a slower pace, stroll through the gorgeous gardens of Mount Congreve or for the energetic cycle the Greenway – Waterford has something for everyone.
In summer, the coastal villages and scenic drives are an ideal escape from it all. In winter, you will find the Christmas market and a cosy traditional pub to warm up while planning the next day’s adventures.
The Copper Coast Geopark
A UNESCO Global Geopark, explore 25 kilometres of spectacular coastline consisting of beaches and coves enclosed by rocky headlands, The Copper Coast gets its name from the 19th century copper mines hidden below ground.
Visit waterford Treasures
A trio of museums each set in historic buildings, the Viking Museum, Medieval Museum and Bishop’s Palace Museum are all within minutes’ walk of each other in Waterford City’s Viking Triangle. Uncover the story of Ireland’s oldest city with costumed actors guiding you through the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970s.
Walk or Cycle the Greenway
The longest off-road walking and cycling route in Ireland (46km), running from Waterford city, along the scenic route of an old railway line, to the pretty postcard-perfect town of Dungarvan. Whether you choose to walk or cycle part of, or all the route, stop off along the way at pretty picnic spots, stunning views, or for refreshments along the way.
Surf’s up at Tramore Surf School, offering lessons in the scenic waves of the Atlantic Ocean for the adventurous amongst us. For a relaxing day, marvel at the 5km stretch of golden, sandy beach in Tramore. The seaside village offers spectacular views of the bay, peninsula and promenade while you explore the sand dunes or take a scenic cliff walk.
Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
Offering homage to the life of local Irish writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. Each garden contains elements of the countries that played a part in Hearn’s life, including American, Greek and Victorian Gardens, representing his childhood summers in Tramore. Opt for a self-guided tour or book a guided tour in advance.
King of the Vikings Virtual Reality Experience
Get up close and personal with Viking warlords who founded Waterford city in 914. The virtual reality experience is set in a replica Viking house within the atmospheric ruins of a medieval monastery. A Viking helmet (a 3D headset) will bring you back in time to walk in the footsteps of legendary Viking leader Reginald, King of Waterford.
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