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Waterford is southeast Ireland's largest city and the oldest in the country, founded by the Vikings in 852. When the King of Leinster joined forces with the Norman mercenary Strongbow to take over the city in the 12th century, it gave the English a fateful foothold in Ireland. History pulses through this vibrant city on the banks of the River Suir, with its attractive Georgian buildings, quays, and sections of the old city walls. Landmarks include Reginald's Tower and the Bishop's Palace, which house collections of the Waterford Museum of Treasures, Christ Church and Holy Trinity cathedrals. You can also tour the famous Waterford Crystal ...

Waterford is southeast Ireland's largest city and the oldest in the country, founded by the Vikings in 852. When the King of Leinster joined forces with the Norman mercenary Strongbow to take over the city in the 12th century, it gave the English a fateful foothold in Ireland. History pulses through this vibrant city on the banks of the River Suir, with its attractive Georgian buildings, quays, and sections of the old city walls. Landmarks include Reginald's Tower and the Bishop's Palace, which house collections of the Waterford Museum of Treasures, Christ Church and Holy Trinity cathedrals. You can also tour the famous Waterford Crystal factory. County Waterford has 91 miles of coastline, with fishing villages, striking cliffs, popular resorts and 49 beaches. Two of the best sandy strands are at Tramore and Ardmore, with its cathedral and round tower. There are fine walks and scenic drives from Dungarvan, a lively town set on the bay. Inland on the River Blackwater, the peaceful, pretty towns of Cappoquin and Lismore have interesting cathedrals, gardens and Mount Melleray Abbey to explore.

Donna Dailey
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Donna Dailey is the author of Thomas Cook’s Ireland driving guide, coauthor of DK’s Back Roads Ireland and several other titles, as well as the author of Thomas Cook’s HotSpots Costa Blanca and a contributor to AA Publishing’s Key Guide Spain.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Part of the South-East Region of Ireland located in the province of Munster, and is named after the city of Waterford.
  • Language: Irish, English
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

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