Waterford, one of Ireland’s oldest cities was established by the Vikings in the 10th century. Norman invaders arrived in the 12th century. King Henry II of England landed in 1171, declaring Waterford a royal city. After the Protestant Reformation, Waterford remained a Catholic city and participated in the an independent Catholic government from 1642 to 1649 known as the Confederation of Kilkenny which Cromwell ended.

The 18th century was a prosperous time for the city evidence of which can still be seen in the architecture of the city today. The world famous Waterford Crystal was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009.The story of the city can be found in the Waterford Museum of Treasures, the  Viking Triangle and the House of Waterford Crystal, all within close walking distance to where we dock. 

Couple shopping in Waterford City

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Explore the City


Enjoy a ramble around the old town known as the Viking Triangle or explore the shops along the Quays, in City Square Shopping Centre, George’s Court Shopping Centre and Broad St, where you will find a mixture of well-known high street retailers, department stores and small independant boutiques catering for everyone.

House of Waterford Crystal

Just a few minutes walk from where we dock is the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. See the whole process that goes into creating these spectacular pieces form blowing the hot molten glass to, shaping and sculpting the final piece.

To book a tour visit: waterfordvisitorcentre.com


engraving a piece of Waterford Crystal

Photo Courtesy Patrick Browne

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The Viking Triangle

Step back in time into Waterford’s old town where you will find lots of craft studios, small shops and cafés as well as the Medieval Museum, The Bishop’s Palace and Reginald’s Tower.

Immerse yourself in Viking times through the world’s first virtual reality Viking experience set in a purpose-built traditional Viking house.

For more information please see  Waterford Viking Triangle – Visit Waterford


The Waterford Greenway

The start of the Waterford Greenway, a dedicated 46 kilometre car-free route from Waterford City to Dungarvan town in West Waterford, is at Grattan Quay, less than 100m beyond Rice Bridge. For more information, please see: The Waterford Greenway – Visit Waterford

Bicycle rental is available in the city from various providers. Please see the following websites for more details:
Waterford Greenway Bike Hire & Visitor Centre – The Premium Bike Hire Company

Waterford Greenway Bike Hire


Photo Courtesy of Luke Myers