Waterford is famous throughout the world for Waterford Crystal.  After seeing the artisans at work and perhaps purchasing beautiful pieces to bring home, you will soon discover that there are even more reasons to visit Waterford! (Cover photo Courtesy Celtic Routes)

Five Reasons to Visit Waterford

1 - Waterford Crystal

House of Waterford

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Waterford Crystal is a famous brand of hand-crafted crystal glassware that originated in the city of Waterford, Ireland. Visiting the Waterford Crystal factory and showroom is a popular tourist activity in the area, as it offers visitors the opportunity to see the skilled craftspeople at work and learn about the history and process of crystal-making. Additionally, the showroom offers a wide selection of Waterford Crystal products for purchase, making it a popular destination for those looking to buy high-quality crystal gifts or souvenirs.

2 - Medieval History

Waterford Treasures is a museum located in Waterford City, Ireland. The museum is housed in three medieval buildings and offers visitors the chance to learn about the history of Waterford City and the surrounding area. The museum features several exhibits that showcase the rich heritage and culture of Waterford, including artifacts and exhibits on the Vikings, medieval Waterford, and the city's rich history of glass and crystal-making.

Some of the highlights of the visit include:

  • The Viking Triangle, where visitors can learn about the Vikings who established a settlement in Waterford in the 9th century.
  • The Medieval Museum, which explores the history of Waterford during the Middle Ages.
  • The Reginald's Tower, which is the oldest civic building in Ireland and dates back to the 13th century.
  • The Bishop's Palace, a beautiful Georgian townhouse that offers a glimpse into the life of the wealthy merchants of Waterford in the 18th century.

Additionally, the museum also offers interactive exhibits, audio-visual displays, and guided tours that help visitors to better understand and appreciate the history of Waterford.

Waterford Museum of Treasures

Courtesy Joseph Carr Photography


Waterford is one of Ireland's oldest cities and has a rich history dating back to the 9th century. Visitors can explore the city's medieval architecture and learn about its history at the Waterford Treasures museum.

3 - Scenic Location

Stunning scenery is one of the best reasons to visit Waterford.  Waterford is located on the River Suir and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Visitors can take a boat tour of the river or go for a walk along the waterfront.  For a truly special day, take a private tour from Waterford where you can choose your own itinerary on a customized tour of the Southeast from Waterford. You and your private group will enjoy personalized attention and plenty of chances to ask questions as you travel via air-conditioned transportation.

Waterford Suir Valley Railway

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Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse, located on the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Ireland, is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. The lighthouse dates back to the 13th century and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of lighthouse technology and maritime navigation.

Visiting the Hook Lighthouse offers several unique experiences:

  • The guided tour of the lighthouse provides visitors with an understanding of the history of the lighthouse and its operation. You will be able to climb the 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside and coast.
  • The Visitor Centre provides an interactive experience that explores the history of lighthouse technology and the lives of the lighthouse keepers.
  • The lighthouse is located on the Hook Peninsula, which is a beautiful and unspoiled area of coastal Ireland that is perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, birdwatching and seal watching.
  • The Visitor Centre also offers an opportunity to learn about the local maritime history, including the story of the Hook Head lighthouse and its significance to the local area and the maritime trade.

Overall, Hook Lighthouse is a great place to visit for anyone interested in history, maritime culture, or just looking for a unique and interesting day out.


Hook Lighthouse

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4 - Amazing Food and Drink

Waterford is known for its local seafood and traditional Irish cuisine. Visitors can try a wide variety of restaurants and pubs that serve delicious local food and drink.

For a truly unique Irish culinary experience, learn to make replicas of some of the best traditional dishes yourself when you get back home!

Go into a local’s home in County Waterford, and learn to make three dishes that incorporate the health benefits of seaweed, including bread, soup, and a dessert. Learn to cook an Irish meal that incorporates seaweed from a Waterford local Make three dishes from scratch, and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor 1–2 glasses of local alcohol are served during this Irish cooking class If preferred, you can also request to include meat in your recipes when booking

Waterford Foodie Scene

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5 - Festivals and Events

Waterford is home to several festivals throughout the year, including the Waterford Spraoi Festival, a street arts festival that takes place in August, the Waterford International Festival of Light, a festival of light installations and projections that takes place in October, and the Waterford Greenway Lantern Parade, an event that takes place in December and features a parade of lanterns along the Waterford Greenway. Waterford also host events such as The Winterval festival, Comedy festivals and Food Festivals.

Winterval Festival Waterford

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Where to Stay in Waterford

The best hotels in Waterford, and indeed most places in Ireland, book up quickly during festivals and the busy tourist season from late May through September.  It is best to book early for the best selections.

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