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Waterford Marina Hotel
Waterford Marina Hotel

Canada Street, Waterford

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4.2 out of 5 (557 reviews)

Located in the heart of Waterford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waterford Crystal Visitors Center and House of …

£47
Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre
Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre

The Mall, Waterford

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (97 reviews)

Located in Viking Triangle, this spa hotel is steps from Waterford Crystal Visitors Center and House of Waterford Crystal. …

£60
The Anchorage Guest House
The Anchorage Guest House

9 Merchants Quay, Waterford

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3.3 out of 5 (56 reviews)

Situated on the waterfront, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Waterford Treasures Museum and House of Waterford …

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Diamond Hill Country House
Diamond Hill Country House

Mile Post Village, Waterford

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Located in Slieverue, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Waterford Treasures Museum and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from House of …

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The Rhu Glenn Hotel
The Rhu Glenn Hotel

Slieverue, Waterford X91E395

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated in Waterford, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Waterford Treasures Museum, House of Waterford Crystal, and Garte …

£46
Glenart House
Glenart House

Tivoli Rd, Tramore

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5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Tramore, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Waterford and Tramore Racecourse and Tramore Amusemen …

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O'Sheas Hotel Tramore
O'Sheas Hotel Tramore

Strand Road, Tramore

Situated in Tramore, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tramore Amusement & Leisure Park and Tramore Beach. Waterford an …

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Seacliff Holiday Homes
Seacliff Holiday Homes

Seacliff Holiday Village, Dunmore East

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Dunmore East, this golf cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Dunmore East Golf Club and Dunmore East Beach. …

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Grove Farm House B&B
Grove Farm House B&B

Ballycocksuist, Inistioge

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4.5 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Woodstock Estate and Woodstock House and Gardens. …

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Oldtown Farmhouse
Oldtown Farmhouse

Oldtown, Thomastown

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4.4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Situated in Thomastown, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Mount Juliet Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

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Pocket Guide: Viking Triangle Christ Church Cathedral Hotels

Waterford is an Irish city in the province of Munster. It sits on the banks of the River Suir and is famed for the fact that it is the oldest city in Ireland. Of course, back in 853, when it was first settled by the Vikings, it didn’t amount to anything as large as a city. The confines of this original settlement are still marked out by the Viking Triangle area of the city, a district marked by the presence of medieval buildings and narrow, winding streets.

Over the years, Waterford has grown, its expansion fuelled by its position on the south-east coast. The presence of its deepwater port meant it was ideally equipped to act as a hub for imports and exports. As it has grown so the city centre has changed, with many Norman and Victorian buildings rubbing shoulders with their medieval predecessors, and over 300,000 people a year now visit Waterford.

Accommodation in Waterford

The number of people choosing to visit Waterford has led to the creation of a rich and varied tourist infrastructure, and this includes the number of hotels available to stay in. Even within the relatively small confines of the city centre itself, the accommodation on offer runs from comfortable two star hotels up to a five star luxury lodge. In between you’ll find guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and inns, all offering a warm welcome and all being located along and around the River Suir, within walking distance of landmark attractions like Christ Church Cathedral.

Christ Church Cathedral

The location of Christ Church Cathedral has been a place of worship for 1,000 years, with the first cathedral being built on the site in 1096, on Cathedral Square, close to Reginald’s Tower. In 1170, Strongbow was married to Aoife, daughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, on the site of the cathedral. The fact that this all sounds, to modern ears, reminiscent of something that would happen in Game of Thrones, merely underlines the mythical aura and power of the place.

The Modern Cathedral

The original Viking cathedral gradually gave way to an expanded Norman cathedral, some remains of which are still visible to this day. In 1773 it was decided that a new cathedral should replace the Gothic construction in situ, although the Norman cathedral was so well built that it had to be demolished using gunpowder.

The replacement, the cathedral that stands there today, was designed by John Roberts, the man responsible for much of the Georgian architecture still present in Waterford. It has been described as the “finest 18th century ecclesiastical building in Ireland”.

This stunning building is open to the public all year round and entry is free (although donations toward upkeep are gratefully received). Tours can be arranged in advance and particularly noteworthy features include the beautifully restored Elliot Organ, the gruesome Edmund Rice Tomb – sculpted to depict the horrors of death and decomposition – and one of the few surviving ecclesiastical courtrooms.

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