From its vibrant city life to its rural charm and stunning coastline, Waterford city and county have something for everyone. It is the oldest city in Ireland and it is the perfect blend of ancient and modern.
Enjoy the historic streets and local atmosphere, take a walking tour or browse many local boutiques and quirky shops. Waterford is renowned for its exciting festivals and events such as the West Waterford Festival of Food, Spraoi, Winterval, Harvest Festival, Taste Tramore, Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival and Waterford Film Festival and many more. There’s so much to see and do in the historical city of Waterford, your adventure starts here.
The Great Escape Rooms offer popular, interactive adventure games that require logic, planning and problem-solving skills for teams of between 2-7 people. The challenge is to solve the puzzles using the clues and escape the room within 60 minutes.
The games start with a briefing session, following which you’ll be locked into one of the themed rooms. You’ll have 60 minutes to explore the room for clues, keys, combinations and much more. You and your team mates will have to pool resources to work out what goes where and how to solve each piece of the puzzle if you going to get out before the timer hits zero.
Hawkeye Falconry will demonstrate the ancient art of falconry. Watch their hawks demonstrate their hunting skills by catching food out of the air and witness a simulated rabbit hunt where a hawk will chase and catch the dummy bunny and the falconer will demonstrate the transfer from the dummy bunny.
Enjoy a casual walk as the hawk follows on while he flies to your gloved fist to feed and returns to the trees. Get to handle one of their owls while the falconer teaches you about the species. Fantastic photo opportunities throughout the experience.
Ireland’s National Horological Museum features the oldest Irish-made grandfather clocks, table clocks and watches in the world and celebrates the incredible skills of the virtuoso craftsmen.
The collection is not limited to Ireland, also on display are early European timepieces, some dating back to the mid-sixteenth century. They have a vast display of clocks and watches from Switzerland, England, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Russia and as far away as Japan.
A highlight of the collection is the London made William Clement clock from 1663. This is the earliest example in the world of his innovative mechanism which transformed accurate timepiece-making. Working turret clocks from the 1590s and 1760s help both children and adults to explore the complex mechanisms, and a special section of the exhibition called ‘How it works’ is bound to engage young minds and foster an interest in science.
Dunmore East Adventure Centre
Dunmore Adventure is a family-run adventure centre located at the water’s edge in the beautiful village of Dunmore East with activities that include Irelands only Wibit Wipeout – an aquapark floating on the water where you can swing, climb, slide, balance, and jump on suitable for 7 – 70-year-olds.
At Dunmore Adventure they offer individuals and groups a unique adventure experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
From purpose-built Adventure Centre at the water’s edge in Dunmore East, Co Waterford, Ireland, they use the sheltered coves as a playground, introducing you to a wide range of water activities; from Wibit Wipeout Water Park to Windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding to sailing.
Extremely popular with families, the Epic Tour is a light hearted ‘all weather’ tour of Waterford’s Viking Triangle and is the only tour in Ireland that gives you access to five national monuments (duration 45 minutes).
The larger-than-life tour guide speeds you through the streets and buildings, through 1100 years of Waterford’s history from the Vikings to the Victorians. Indulge your inner actor – you might get to be Strongbow or Aoife and get married, you might be Thomas Francis Meagher flying the Irish flag for the first time in Ireland.
It’s a fun engaging tour that entertains and engages and has numerous photo opportunities. This really is a fun way to enjoy Ireland’s Ancient East.