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About Waterford

Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland and is probably most famous for it's crystal. Sadly it's glass-making industry days are largely in the past with the last factory closing down in 2009 but the city still has lots to offer visitors. Built around a beautiful harbour, it features a number of attractive buildings, some of which date back to the time of the Viking occupation of Ireland. The best places to stay in Waterford tend to be on the River Suir.

Things not to miss:

  • The city is perhaps most famous for its Viking influences. Visit the so-called Viking triangle which is a nexus of streets around the city centre. It's here that Waterford's main sights are found such as the Bishop's Palace and Reginald's Tower.
  • Visit the home of Waterford Crystal and learn about the history of the city's famous glass making heritage.
  • For a day adventure, get out of the city and head down to the majestic Copper Coast.

Our selection of the best places to stay in Waterford showcase the city's rich history and heritage.

The best places to stay in Waterford

For a historic stay

  • Situated on it's own private island just off centre of the city, Waterford Castle is truly a unique place. Striking from the outside and impressive from the inside, it's a amazing place to stay if you enjoy heritage houses.

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Travel Information

  • The nearest airport to Waterford is Cork (88 miles) or Shannon (109 miles).
  • Our online partner Rentalcars offer great rates on car hire.
  • The best time to visit Waterford is from June to September, when you have the best chance of catching Ireland's elusive good weather.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Waterford

  • Waterford Castle 22 rooms from £209

    Waterford (Ballinakill)

    Set on a private island, the historic Waterford Castle is an atmospheric spot for a weekend away. Awash with heritage and charm, it offers luxurious rooms, an excellent restaurant and an onsite golf-course. The modern, self-catered lodges are perfect for families or groups.

    Country Escape  -  On its own private island and with a golf course onsite, it's the perfect country escape.
    Great walks  -  There are a large assortment of nature trails and walking paths to explore.
    Full of character
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