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Waterford, Co. Waterford

Waterford (Old Norse: Vedrarfjord meaning "windy fjord" or "haven from the wind-swept sea"; in Irish: Port Láirge) is the primary city of the South East region, and the fifth largest in the country. Founded in 914 AD, by the Vikings, it is Ireland's oldest city.

Waterford is the largest city in Ireland to retain its Viking-derived name, Vedrarfjord. Reginald's Tower, named after the city's founder, Regnall, is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. It is to this day Waterford's most recognisable landmark.

The River Suir flows through Waterford city and has provided the basis for Waterford's long maritime history. Waterford Port has been one of Ireland's major ports for over a millennium. In the 19th century shipbuilding was a major industry in the city.

Today, Waterford is synonymous with Waterford Crystal the world over, a legacy of one of the city's most successful and enduring industries, glass making. Glass, or crystal, has been manufactured in the city since 1783.

As with most cities there are various cultural attractions in Waterford including galleries, theatre, festivals, museums and other events throughout the year.

Gardens

Coolaught Gardens - Clonroche County Wexford Ireland
Coolaught Gardens
Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
The replanting of the old orchard at Coolaught provided the perfect excuse for Caroline Deacon – a passionate gardener like her husband Harry - to expand the garden beside the family’s farmhouse, one of the 100 oldest homes in County ...
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Golf

Tramore Golf Club - Tramore County Waterford Ireland
Tramore Golf Club
Tramore, Co. Waterford
Course Type: Parkland
This beautiful, exciting and challenging championship golf course features 27 holes providing a test for the low handicapper whilst also being enjoyable for the middle to high handicapper.  At just under 6,700 yards off the tips, Tramore i ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Fruit Hill Holiday Cottages - The Coach House, Kirby's & The Garden Cottage
Campile, Co. Wexford
The farm cottages at Fruit Hill, Campile near New Ross in County Wexford make an ideal base for exploring Ireland's South East region, and offer a unique retreat from the rest of the world. All are comfortable, well equipped, tastefully decorated ...
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What's On

Dunhill Farmers Market - County Waterford - Last Sunday each month
Dunhill Farmers Market

Parish Hall, Dunhill, County Waterford

Last Sunday of month: 11.30am - 2pm

All local produce with range of local cheeses and fresh free rang ...
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Tourist Attractions

John F Kennedy Arboretum - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
John F Kennedy Arboretum
New Ross, Co. Wexford
The JFK Arboretum is a plant collection that covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slievecoiltia that is dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963. It c ...
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Wedding Venues

Waterford Castle Hotel - Wedding Venue Waterford County Waterford Ireland
Waterford Castle Hotel
Waterford, Co. Waterford
Just two miles from Waterford City, this unusual hotel dates back to the 15th century, and is magically situated on its own 310 acre wooded island, reached by a chain linked private ferry. The hotel combines the elegance of earlier times with mod ...
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  • Waterford's Original & Best Value Wine & Dine Offer

    Restaurant Chez-K’s is a large high bright room with plenty of natural light and large paintings by artist Darlene Garr on the walls, the restaurant offers cooking well above the standard normally expected of hotels. It is home to Waterford's Original & Best Value Wine & Dine Offer - 3 Course Meal plus a Bottle of Red/White House Wine for €24.50 per person – Wine based on 2 sharing

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