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1 HOTEL IN Waterford


Ireland’s ancient past comes alive in Waterford

A lively coastline and glacial mountains. Ireland’s oldest city and majestic stately homes. Waterford County truly has it all. Whether you’re exploring ancient oak woodlands or tiny thatched villages, this eastern corner of the emerald isle is packed with promise.

Things to Do

Waterford boasts its own UNESCO Global Geopark, The Copper Coast, with 25 kilometres of craggy volcanic cliffs and 49 beautiful beaches. This stunning coastline is also dotted with Neolithic and Iron Age sites, pre-Christian stone monuments, and the ancient copper mines that give it its name. Explore on land with a bracing clifftop walk, or take to the water by kayak or guided fishing trip. For the best beaches, head to the enticingly named Tra na mBó, or for swimming, try the blue-flagged Councillor’s Strand.

Make your way to Waterford city and discover the Viking Triangle, where over 1000 years of history are yours for the taking.  Take your pick from a trio of attractions: The Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace and Reginald’s Tower are all to be found in the same compact area. For scenery and a spot of nature, Lismore Castle Gardens are an ideal destination, and the perfect place for a picnic. 


Bordering the bounteous Irish sea, seafood lovers will find plenty to whet their appetite. Dunmore East, a vibrant and unspoiled fishing village, has a fine choice of seafood restaurants serving up fresh crab claws and lobster, or simply pick up some hearty fish and chips while strolling along the shore. For something more upmarket, head to Michelin-starred House in Ardmore.

Tip from SLH

Traverse Ireland’s Ancient East via the Waterford Greenway, a cycle route spanning coast, mountains, and history galore.