Waterford is often referred to as the gateway to south-east Ireland. It is a richly historic city located on the banks of the River Suir. In historical terms it is important thanks to its status as the oldest city in Ireland, having existed since the Vikings established it in 853. Each succeeding wave of incomers left their own mark on the city centre, making it a beautiful and rewarding place to take a stroll.
On a worldwide scale, Waterford is probably most famous for the creation of Waterford Crystal, some of the finest glassware products in the world. In economic terms, Waterford boasts the Irish deepwater port closest to Europe, which has led to it being an import-export hub.
For many visitors, the appeal of Waterford boils down to two things – the friendly welcome on offer in the city itself, and the surrounding landscape, which is among the most beautiful in Ireland. In particular, the south-east coast is only a short drive away and this alone is enough to persuade many families from across the UK and Europe to visit Waterford.
Accommodation in Waterford
It’s possible to find luxury accommodation in Waterford, or specialist hotels offering spa breaks or golfing holidays, but you can also find two star accommodation close to the heart of the city that provides a comfortable and affordable base from which to explore the both the city and its attractions.
Family Fun in Waterford
If you’ve brought your children to Waterford then you’ll be looking for opportunities to burn off some of that excess energy, and rest assured there are plenty on offer. A trip to the Medieval Museum, Reginald’s Tower and the Bishop’s Palace, all just a short walk from each other in the Viking Triangle, lays out the story of the city from Viking times to the 20th Century, via a combination of stunning artefacts and costumed guided tours.
Stonehaven Equestrian Centre, just outside the city centre, offers the chance for every member of the family, no matter what their level of experience, to try their hand at guiding a horse along the picturesque banks of the River Suir.
Beaches Close to Waterford
Although often viewed as an urban destination, Waterford offers access to some of the finest beaches in Ireland. From a two star hotel in the centre of the city it is just a six-mile trip south to Tramore, home to more than three miles of sweeping, sandy beach backed by some of the highest dunes in Ireland.
If the weather holds out then lazing on the beach or splashing in the sea may prove entertainment enough but, if not, Tramore is packed with amenities. There are several surf clubs along the coast offering both board hire and lessons for beginners, the Sea Paddling company in Fenmore offers kayaking tours of the coastline and, if the weather lets you down, then Splashworld, opposite the promenade, offers a pool with facilities including a wave machine, water slides, water cannons and, for younger children, a more sedate paddle pool.