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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

Mount Juliet Conrad & Garden - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Mount Juliet & Garden
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Lying amidst 1500 acres of unspoilt woodland, pasture and formal gardens beside the River Nore, Mount Juliet House is one of Ireland’s finest Georgian houses, and one of Europe’s greatest country estates. Even today it retains an ...
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Golf

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Mount Juliet Golf Club
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O'Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus, the beautiful and challenging Nicklaus designed Mount Juliet course located 19km (12 miles) south of Kilkenny City has established itself as one of Ire ...
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Self Catering

Waterford Castle Hotel - Waterford County Waterford Ireland - Self Catering
Waterford Castle Lodges
Waterford, Co. Waterford
Castle Gardens’ architects and interior designers have pooled cutting edge design, technology and glamour to achieve something very desirable indeed. These 3 bedroom semi detached lodges are set on the beautiful island of Waterford Cast ...
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What's On

New Ross Farmers Market - County Wexford - Saturdays
New Ross Farmers Market

The Quay, New Ross, County Wexford

Saturday, 9am - 2pm

Contact: Pat Roche - 087 794 8830 www.wexfordfarmersmarkets.com
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Tourist Attractions

Waterford & Suir Valley Heritage Railway - Kilmeaden County Waterford Ireland
Waterford & Suir Valley Heritage Railway
Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford
Experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from a period carriage as you take in the panoramic views of the river, rolling farmland and mountains from the heritage narrow gauge railway which runs along 12 kilometres of the abandoned Waterford - Dun ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ballyduff House
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Set in fine rolling countryside in its own farmland and grounds, Breda Thomas’s lovely 18th century house overlooking the River Nore is blessed with an utterly restful location. Ballyduff House offers exceptionally spacious and comfortable ...
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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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