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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

Sion Hill House & Gardens - Waterford Ireland
Sion Hill House & Gardens
Waterford, Co. Waterford
This is an enthusiast’s garden with stories attached to everything from the plants George Kavanagh began collecting as a boy, to the house itself. Sion Hill (1746) is one of five houses built by the Pope family who made their fortune as win ...
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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

Dunbrody Farmers Market - County Wexford
Dunbrody Farmers Market

Dunbrody Abbey Centre, New Ross, County Wexford

SUMMER ONLY - Sundays: 11am - 3:30pm

In conjunction with long established Cookery School. &l ...
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Tourist Attractions

Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre
New Ross, Co. Wexford
The Ros Tapestry Project is a massive community initiative that was conceived in 1998 and has been developed since then by over a hundred dedicated volunteers. Comprising fifteen striking embroidered panels - 6 x 4 foot each - it is a cultura ...
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Wedding Venues

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens - Campile County Werxford Ireland
Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens
Campile, Co. Wexford
This wedding venues a Georgian country house set in seven acres of Heritage Gardens. There are Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic churches close by (a vintage Austin 7 is available for hire), and blessings are possible here in the gardens - whi ...
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Special Offers

  • 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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