From mountain regions, seaside towns, the 46km Waterford Greenway, coastal views of stunning cliffs and a rich and bountiful history, Waterford has something for everyone in this historic, vibrant and cultural county.
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, founded in the 9th Century by Vikings, it is a county steeped in history. In 1170, the city entered an important period of its history, when it was claimed by Strongbow for the Normans. Take a step back in history and visit the Viking Triangle to see the amazing Medieval Museum, Bishops Palace Museum and Reginalds Viking Tower for a rich and wonderful experience.
However, it is not just history that makes Waterford such a compelling destination. The county is known for it’s craft beers such as Metalman and Dungarvan Brewing Company, Muldoon Whiskey Liqueur and ‘Blaas’, delicious white floury bread rolls which are unique to Waterford. Go surfing on one of Waterfords many beaches or have an adventure and climb the Comeragh Mountains, take part in Waterfords many festivals throughout the year and of course no visit to Waterford City is complete without a visit to the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, one of the world’s most prestigious cut-glass brands.
Outside of the city Waterford County also has a huge amount to offer. The Copper Coast is Waterford’s own UNESCO Global Geopark with 25km (15miles) of shoreline comprising of cliffs, coves and sea stacks. Getting its name from the ancient copper mines that once covered the area, the Copper Coast is full of fascinating history and hidden coves. As you explore, keep an eye out for the Metal Man at Newtown Head, where a huge sailor perches on a pillar to let sailors know that they’re entering Tramore Bay.
Venture to the north where the Comeragh Mountains leave their dramatic impression on the skyline, visit Mahon Falls and enjoy this spectacular waterfall and surrounding scenic views. If you are feeling active head towards the Coumshingaun glacial lake, situated high in the mountains, you can leave behind all of your worldly troubles as you embrace the peaceful serenity. Head to West Waterford to find Ardmore Round Tower and Cathedral, Ireland’s oldest Christian site, established by St. Declan in the 5th Century. It features a striking round tower, with a hidden hermitage perched on the cliffs nearby, making it Ireland’s only coastal monastery still in existence.