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The oldest city in the Republic of Ireland, Waterford is a scenic waterfront town with an intriguing history and contemporary culture. Located on the banks of the River Suir and near the south coast of Ireland, Waterford was once an important port city due to its proximity to England. Today visitors come here for traditional Irish charm and a change of pace from the larger cities in Ireland. Waterford is home to fascinating architecture and is known as a former Viking settlement.
The city enjoys a mild climate, free of extreme temperatures and with the least rain in the country. Whatever the weather may be when you visit, you will find plenty to do with the countless intriguing indoor activities Waterford offers.
Waterford’s attractions focus on history, arts, music and culture. The city is famous for its glass producers, with the Waterford Crystal Company one of the largest exporters in the town. Visit the factory to watch glass smiths blowing the material by hand, an intriguing form of traditional craft.
Visit the cultural venues downtown, including the Garter Lane Arts Center, the Waterford Municipal Art Gallery and the Theatre Royal. The Waterford Museum of Treasures is a great place to see historic Viking artifacts. Don’t miss the 13th-century circular Reginald’s Tower, Waterford’s famous landmark full of archaeological treasures.
In the summer months Waterford hosts a number of arts and music festivals that attract people from all over Ireland. See if you can time your visit with the Waterford Music Fest or Waterford International Music Festival.
In Waterford most attractions can be visited on foot. Base yourself downtown to be close to the nightlife and museums. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine or meet the locals at an Irish pub in the John Street entertainment precinct.
A bus service runs throughout the city and intercity trains leave regularly from the central station. Waterford can also be reached by air, with the Waterford Airport just 5 miles (9 kilometers) from the center of town.
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. It is so close to everything. Free parking in an enclosed garage. We parked the car and had the best time walking around town the day we arrived. It is a safe area. Plenty of food choices, bars, shopping, parks and just about anything else you can think of are within ...
Very unique hotel, the rooms are very spacious but the decor is a bit dated. It’s got lots of charm though. The breakfast buffet and breakfast a la carte options were amazing! The staff weren’t overly friendly but overall we liked the hotel. It’s in a great location and was good value for the ...
The staff in this hotel make it what it is. My husband and I have also stayed in the Cliff at Lyons which is great too - this hotel has a wonderful location with lots to do and see nearby. It also has an excellent spa and pool which the Lyons sadly lacks. The food is just okay - breakfast good - ...
Bar staff VERY polite and cheerful, they interacted with us and had a bit of craic during our meal and stay, enjoyed it.
The hotel has a beautiful setting. The lobby and restaurant are well done. Staff is friendly. The rooms are worn and need refreshing.
property is located at very nice quiet location.Staff was excellent and helpful. Morning breakfast was very tasty and delicious. Feel like homely environment.