Now that restrictions are being lifted, it is the perfect time to get back out there and explore. There’s so much for families to do in Waterford – start planning your short break now and enjoy fun in this costal haven this summer.
Uncover the Viking Past of Waterford City
Begin your trip to Waterford City by taking a step back in time to the age of the Vikings. First settled by the ferocious Vikings in the 800s you can experience what life was like in Ireland’s oldest city at King of the Vikings
, the world’s first Viking-based virtual reality experience. Currently closed but keep an eye on the website for reopening information.
Just around the corner from King of the Vikings, you’ll find Waterford Medieval Museum,
where you can keep your little ones busy for an afternoon. Inside the 13th
century building are treasures and works of art complete with costumed tour guides to spark your family’s interest in Waterford’s storied history.
Afterwards, take a ten minute drive across the city to Grow HQ
and experience one of the most unique meals in the county. Kids can see where their food comes from as this Grow-It-Yourself café shows you how your food was grown. Watch the chefs cook your meal and then, of course, taste it for yourself. Using organic, seasonal ingredients that grow in the garden just steps from the café, the team here serves up fresh and nutritious food.
Surround Yourself in Nature on the Waterford Greenway
Make your way back into the city and bring the family on an adventure along the Waterford Greenway
, Ireland’s longest Greenway. The 46km trail starts just a few minutes’ walk from the train station and winds its way along the banks of the River Suir and along the stunning coast to the harbourside town of Dungarvan.
Teenagers may want to cycle the entire route, stopping off at the trailside attractions like the mysterious Durrow Tunnels and the historic Suir Valley Railway
. If you’ve got a young family and want a shorter cycle set off on the 7.5km to Mount Congreve Gardens. Let the kids explore one of “the great gardens of the world” and they’ll discover colourful flowers in a garden buzzing with wildlife.
You can bring your own bike or rent bikes for all ages as well as trailers and all the protective gear that you might want from Waterford Greenway Bike Hire
at the start of the Greenway. Once you’ve finished your cycle, turn back around for the return journey, stay overnignt in Dungarvan or catch a bus back to Waterford.