Destination Report: Waterford

This week, we’re exploring County Waterford’s most visit-worthy attractions and amenities. Start planning your escape to Ireland’s oldest city with these highlights:

What to Do

Waterford Greenway

Waterford Greenway

Discover Waterford’s 46km off-road cycling and walking trail. The trail takes you on an exploration of some of the stunning natural scenery Ireland’s Ancient East has to offer. Visit landscapes along the River Suir, Comeragh Mountains, The Copper Coast and Dungarvan Bay.

Along the way, you’ll find eleven bridges, three viaducts and a 400-metre-long tunnel leading from the River Suir to Dungarvan Bay.

The trail is perfect for history lovers, passing through a ninth century Viking settlement, the world renowned ornamental gardens at Mount Congreve and Waterford and Suir Valley narrow gauge heritage railway.

House of Waterford Crystal Factory Tour

House of Waterford Crystal

Experience the fascinating process of crystal production at the House of Waterford Crystal factory tour. Witness each step as you make your way through the factory, from the blowing room to the cutting department, all the way to the the delicate engraving process. This is a self-guided tour and will take around 50 minutes to complete.

Take a piece of the experience home with you from the House of Waterford Crystal Retail Store, or pop into the Crystal Cafe after the tour for a bite to eat.

To pre-book your tour, click here.

King of the Vikings – Virtual Reality Viking Experience

Located in Waterford’s Viking Triangle, King of the Vikings is the world’s first viking virtual reality experience.

Discover the city’s rich history in the world’s first virtual reality viking experience. Visit the hand-crafted replica house in the city’s Viking Triangle and become immersed in this first-person adventure.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:30am-5pm.

Where to Stay

Waterford Castle: The Island Resort

Waterford Castle Hotel

Find your way to luxury at the 16th century Waterford Castle hotel and golf resort. This truly is a spot for solitude, nestled away on The Island off the shore of Ballinakill.

There are plenty of activities to get involved in at the resort, with facilities including the 18-hole championship golf course, driving range and a playground for the little ones.

From Halloween castle stays to self-catering family breaks, the five-star resort has everything you need for a cosy autumn getaway.

Granville Hotel

Granville Hotel Waterford

Enjoy a break steeped in history at Waterford’s city centre Granville Hotel. Dating back to the early 1700s, the four-star hotel was the birthplace of Thomas Francis Meagher, responsible for creating the Irish national flag as we know it today.

The hotel is in close proximity to the Waterford Greenway, and just a ten minute walk from Waterford (Plunkett) train station.

Click here to view Granville hotel’s special offers for autumn 2021.

Faithlegg Hotel

Faithlegg Hotel

Visit the four-star Faithlegg Hotel at the head of Waterford Harbour for a glamorous getaway with plenty to do. Make the most of the hotel’s leisure centre and golf club as you relax in style, or take a trip out to the Hook Peninsula on the nearby Passage East Ferry.

Get the best deal with the hotel’s current special offers.

Where to Eat


Bodega, Waterford

Treat yourself to an evening of fine dining at Waterford’s stylish Bodega Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant offers an extensive menu comprising dishes made with fresh Irish produce.

Click here to reserve your table.

The Parlour Vintage Tearooms

The Parlour Vintage Tearooms

Enter a world of old-style glamour and quirky decor at the city centre Parlour Vintage Tearooms. Pop in for an unforgettable experience, some flavoursome food and a bubbly beverage.

With a selection of pizzas, cheese boards, sharing platters and more, The Parlour is the ideal spot to share great food and laughs with your nearest and dearest.

The Vintage Tea Rooms are rich with history, having hosted famous playwrights and Irish presidents, including Michael D. Higgins.

Grady’s Yard

Grady’s Yard

Enjoy some hearty food and a refreshing beverage in a bright and trendy environment at Grady’s Yard, Johnstown. The extensive burger menu covers all bases, with veggie and gluten free options available.

Waterford is the perfect destination for an autumn getaway filled with history, heritage and spectacular scenery. Start planning your trip today.

Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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