Welcome to Waterford, a city founded by Vikings and graced with magnificent Georgian architecture.
Get to know the tangle of streets here by taking a Waterford City Walking Tour with brilliant master storyteller Jack Burtchaell, who will reveal tales of historic rogues and rascals. Inside the Medieval Museum, come face to face with one of Europe’s greatest treasures – the dazzling Cloth of Gold vestments. It’s a miracle that these fragile 15th century cloths survive – but during the brutal 16th century wars of religion they were buried before Waterford city fell to Oliver Cromwell. Next up is Bishop’s Palace, designed by esteemed architect Richard Castles in 1741. One of the more unusual pieces on display here is a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair, brought to the island by his niece Letitia, as well as a wealth of items from that era. A short drive out of the city will take you to Curraghmore House and Gardens, an opulent mansion where the 9th Marquis of Waterford lived. In these formal grounds you’ll also find Ireland’s oldest bridge, built in 1205 for a much-anticipated visit from England’s King John – who never came.
If you have more time:
Under the guiding hand of chef Paul Flynn, there is magic happening at The Tannery
restaurant in Dungarvan. Recipient of the Best Restaurant in Waterford Award 2015 (and the Best Restaurant in Ireland Award 2013), fish and seafood are star turns on the menu here, with Helvick crab crème brûlée
a typical treat.