Waterford Citywas founded by the Vikings in 853, and later extended by the Anglo Normans, it overlooks the River Suir's estuary, and became the southeast's main seaport. From the 18th century onwards, it was famous for its glass industry. The port is still one of Ireland's busiest. Waterford has one of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland, particularly the spectacular scenery of West Waterford's mountain passes, and you will also find a splendid coastline with miles of safe sandy beaches.
Things to see and do
City square Shopping centre
Has two major Irish department stores, a supermarket and forty shops. Where the shopper will find a full range of top quality gents, ladies and children's fashions, as well as restaurants,with plenty of parking space, City Square is a must for all visitors to the region. For some entertainment you can stop off at the Storm Cinema which has 8 screens, all with Dolby Digital EX full surround sound and all of their screens are wheelchair accessible.
You can go for a refreshing walk in Faithlegg Forrest, Minawn Hill overlooks the meeting of the Suir, the Nore and Barrow rivers to the north. While taking a walk in the magnificent forrest you might be lucky enough to see Rabbit, Fox and the shy Badger. There are many species of song bird that can be heard amongst the trees in the forrest. The trails are extensive with a spectacular viewing point, or you can pack a basket and enjoy a picnic there.
You can take the copper coast tour in the Copper Coast geological park, it is a blue flag beach, with cliff walks, and breath taking views. Stradbally village, has sandy coves, woodlands and crystal clear water.
Waterrford castle golf
Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Club is unique as it is Irelands only island golf club it is completely detached from the mainland and is ideal for an Irish golfing vacation. It is on a privately owned 320 acre island, the Waterford Castle Hotel is located there. The golf course covers an area of over 200 acres. While being completely surrounded by water, Waterford Castle has an additional four internal water features on the second, third, fourth and sixteenth holes.
Williamstown Golf Club measures about 6700 yards in length and is one of the longest 18-hole courses in Ireland. This golf club is great for beginners and amateurs as the club charges are extremely reasonable with green fees that won’t break the bank. With this in mind makes this club a great place to learn golf.
A night at the dogs at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, is situated in Waterford City, and is a load of fun with top class dog racing. You can enjoy a meal at the restaurant while you enjoy the racing action, you can view the track from your table.
Waterford bowl and kid zone
Is great family entertainment and fun, an emporium of indoor adventure for all ages. With some activities demanding physical and mental strengths, besides bowling you can take part in table tennis and American Pool as well as all the latest video games are available. you can also enjoy a delicious meal at the Amazonia Restaurant.
Garter Lane Arts Centre was built in 1792, it presents regular visiting exhibitions of art and the Garter Lane Theatre has regular theatrical presentations. The exhibitions can be enjoyed in a spacious gallery, they also offer art classes.
Gallweys is the home of Luxury Irish Handmade Chocolates. They have a fabulous range of Irish Handmade Chocolates the perfect gift for every occasion. Gallweys is a family business that specialise in the manufacture of award winning luxury handmade chocolates.
Palma restaurant itallian
Is centrally located in a fully restored Town House, La Palma offers formal dining in a relaxed atmosphere. They have a wide ranging menu with reasonable prices.
Stone haven equestrian
Has ponies and horses of a wide variety of sizes and temperaments from beginners to experienced riders. They offer adult and childrens lessons and flexible riding times, Tack, helmets and boots are available on request at the time of booking a lesson.
Kilotteran Equitation Centre has a reputation as one of the leading centres for equestrian activities only 3 miles from Waterford city. It is close to Mount Congreve Gardens, Waterford.
This marina has 2 floating pontoons connected to the quayside by gangways. The marina provides berthing facilities for approx. 100 boats for both visitors and local boat owners. The marina is a 15 mile sail from the sea at Hook Head, the visitor travels upriver along the Waterford Estuary. You will pass the Hook Head light house as well as many estuary villages.
Waterford marina hotel
I recommend the Waterford Marina Hotel located in the heart of Waterford city. The bedrooms have breath taking views over the River Suir, at the Waterfront Bar and Restaurant you can enjoy a relaxing drink and have a delicious meal. The hotel is a few minutes walk from city shopping and nightlife.
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral has been at the heart of Waterford City since the 10th Century the Vikings built the first Church on the site. The the cathedral is restored and refurbished and is a magnificent 18th Century building. The building is full of heritage and history of Waterford it has medieval tombs,with memorial wall plaques, and a beautiful stucco plasterwork ceiling. They have regular concerts and recitals that takes place at the cathedral through out the year.