Waterford is a city in the south-east of Ireland, located on the banks of the river Suir. It is the oldest city in Ireland, having been established in 853, and the city centre is a living, breathing record of this rich history. Over the years, Waterford has been of vital economic importance to Ireland as a hub for both imports and exports. Its most famous export is the world-renowned Waterford Crystal glassware.
Modern Waterford is a prime example of the kind of city that draws millions of visitors every year. Within the centre of the city itself you’ll find sweeping, picturesque river banks, some of the oldest buildings in Ireland and a nightlife scene that runs the gamut from candlelit poetry recital sessions to cutting-edge nightclubs, taking in a slew of traditional Irish pubs along the way.
Accommodation in Waterford
The popularity of Waterford, and the range of experiences it offers to visitors, is reflected in how broad and deep the range of accommodation provided is. In the centre of the city you can find everything from luxury spa hotels to a castle on its own little island, and from three star bed and breakfast comfort to spa-treat country house pampering.
What all these establishments have in common is that they provide the warmest possible welcome and offer the chance to explore not just Waterford itself but also the many delightful areas within easy driving distance, one of which is Lismore.
Lismore is a historic town in County Waterford, dominated by the imposing Lismore Castle, which sits on the vantage point of a hill overlooking the town. Its location, on the banks of the River Blackwater and just south of the lower slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains, make it perfectly placed to offer a sample of the best of rural Irish surroundings.
Travelling to Lismore
Lismore is located an hour’s drive south of the centre of Waterford, and the route is extremely simple. On the outskirts of Waterford get onto the N25 and then follow this road south until you reach the N72, which you then take into Lismore itself. The drive itself takes you close to the coast, along the banks of the Blackwater and through some stunning scenery, putting you in just the mood to explore everything Lismore has to offer.
Lismore farmers’ market takes place on Lismore Castle Avenue every Sunday between March and September, and is your chance to sample delicious, freshly made food and drink, as well as treating yourself to some locally produced art and craft products.
The heritage centre in the middle of Lismore is the place to head to for general tourist information, and is clearly signposted throughout the town. Attractions within the centre include Lismore Blackwater Adventure, who will take you on a guided kayaking tour of the river, and Lismore Castle, which is home to both seven acres of beautiful gardens and, in Lismore Castle Arts, a stunning contemporary art gallery.