The oldest city in Ireland is surrounded by unparalleled beauty that you’ll agree inspired many fairytales and myths. In the city of Waterford, you’ll find buildings dating back to the 10th century, the Viking Triangle, and stunning Georgian architecture such as Bishop’s Palace.
The home of Waterford Crystal has plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, beaches, countryside, and attractions. You can really relax here, and not have a care in the world.
What can you do in Waterford?
Visit the many towns and villages
Take a tour of the many towns and villages dotted around this natural harbour. The county is famous for its great mixture of lively towns and sleepy villages.
Take your time exploring the county, and you’ll stumble upon some hidden gems. Thatched-roofed cottages lining the streets, imposing medieval structures, plenty of green space, and of course, the beaches.
Some of the more popular towns and villages include:
- Dunmore East
- Waterford City
In these locations, you’ll find plenty to do, with annual festivals, popular bars, and restaurants, and you can enjoy all of this with a stunning view of Ireland’s southeast coast.
Walks, hikes, and handy rambles
Get your walking boots on – you’ll need them. As well as visiting the many towns and cities, let’s not forget that Waterford is a coastal county surrounded by hills and mountains.
You should check out the coastal walks and signposted routes that give you panoramic views for miles around. Some of the most popular routes include:
- The Mahon Falls Walk
- The Coumshingaun Loop Walk
- The Ardmore Cliff Walk
- The Ballysaggartmore Towers Walk
- Lismore Castle Gardens
- Mount Congreve House
Greenway and Copper Coast
The Greenway Coast, also known as the ‘Deise Greenway’, is considered one of Ireland’s most scenic cycling routes. Following the now disused railway system from Waterford to Dungarvan, you’ll be treated to beautiful 360° scenery.
The 46km route is also Ireland’s longest off-road trail that can be completed within a single day or broken down over a few days with key stops along the way.
The Copper Coast Unesco Geopark was heavily mined in the early parts of the 19th century. This is how the Copper Coast got its name. Running for around 40km between Tramore and Dungarvan, you’ll love this stretch of coastline.
Waterford has over 100km of some of the best coastline in Ireland. Imagine spending the day on the soft sands of Bunmahon Beach or surfing just outside of Dungarvan. There’s plenty of watersports for the more active, or you can choose to see the coastline from one of the many coastal sailing tours available.
A few favourite beaches in Waterford are:
- Bunmahon Beach
- Tramore Beach
- Ardmore Beach
- Clonea Strand
- Woodstown Beach
Ireland’s Oldest City
Being founded by Vikings back in 914AD, Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland. Immerse yourself in the wealth of history and culture here.
Not only can you visit the countless museums, but the history of the city is everywhere. Visit old-world style bars, shop in medieval lined streets, and eat plenty of hearty and healthy food in incredible restaurants.
The Viking Triangle is a fantastic place to start exploring – from medieval walls to Reginald’s Tower and Bishop’s Palace. There are so many attractions in the area that you’ll want to spend quite a bit of time here.
Where to Stay in Waterford?
With the family
Waterford Castle is an ivy-clad building that has its own island! This castle is over 800 years old and combines classical features with modern twists. The rooms and suites are elegant and full to the brim with character features. Onsite you’ll have access to tennis courts, an archery range, gardens to explore, and of course, an 18-hole golf course.
For Coastal Luxury
The Cliff House Hotel offers a more chic and modern design that makes the most of the dramatic coastal views. Enjoy the award-winning restaurant, spend time indulging yourself in the spa, and enjoy the infinity pool.
To escape to the countryside
Richmond House provides you with a rural hideaway with manicured gardens. The 1700s house offers spacious rooms, a restaurant that grows its own produce, and a peaceful, quiet calm for you to soak up.
Private charter flights to Waterford with Admiral Jet?
Waterford airport is just a 5-minute drive away from Waterford city, and with Admiral Jet, you’ll have everything you need to get your trip off to a great start. Once you know your dates and times, let our staff know, and we’ll provide you with the best options to suit your needs.
Call our team now to arrange your private charter flights to Waterford.