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

Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kilmokea Gardens
Campile, Co. Wexford
Mark and Emma Hewlett’s peaceful and relaxing late Georgian country house nestles above an estuary where the rivers Barrow and Nore meet, and is set in seven acres of Heritage Gardens, including formal walled gardens featuring topiary and s ...
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Golf

Aerial view of Faithlegg House & Golf Course
Faithlegg Golf Club
Waterford, Co. Waterford
Course Type: Parkland
Opened in May 1993, Faithlegg golf course was designed by renowned Irish golf courses architect Paddy Merrigan, the course carries the familiar Merrigan stamp of difficult, undulating greens.  And water heightens the challenge, especially ov ...
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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

Kilmacthomas Farmers Market - Co Waterford - Fridays
Kilmacthomas Farmers Market - Friday 9.30-2pm

Kilmacthomas, County Waterford

Contact: Eithne Mackey 086 107 3074
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Tourist Attractions

Reginalds Tower - Waterford County Waterford Ireland
Reginalds Tower
Waterford, Co. Waterford
Reginald's Tower is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. To this day, it remains Waterford's most recognisable landmark. Reginalds Tower is a circular tower that is part of the town's defe ...
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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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