New Waterford Experiences
Following several years of intensive investment in its tourism assets and its heritage, Waterford is beginning to reap the rewards with a streak of award wins and listings citing it amongst the world’s best destinations for visitors.
Visit Waterford begins 2024 with the launch of “Waterford’s Best”, a newly-inspired New York Times bucket list itinerary that visitors can plan and pre-book in advance.
Visitors can step back 1,000 years in the heart of the city at the Viking Triangle and begin their journey with the Epic Tour - guided walking tour - immersing themselves in 1,000 years of history all within 1,000 paces. The tour takes in the City’s Medieval and Viking beginnings and Ireland’s oldest civic building, Reginald’s Tower. It traverses the route around the new museums in the city centre.
Visitors can then explore a collection of five museums including the Irish Wake Museum, the Bishop’s Palace, the Irish Silver Museum, the Irish Museum of Time and the Medieval Museum which sits atop a fascinating series of original 13th-century undercroft tunnels. Along the route, the recently developed digital story trail brings the city’s history to life.
As the New York Times says, “Waterford’s natural riches rival its historical ones,” and a short hop to the coast of County Waterford with its 49 beaches and 147km of coastline is the UNESCO global geopark of the Copper Coast, which sits in the middle of the county’s coastline. A 25km stretch of spectacular scalloped beaches and coves buttressed and enclosed by rocky headlands offers an outdoor museum of geological records and a sight of natural beauty to behold.
Connecting the coast and the city is the 46km Waterford Greenway.
The “Waterford’s Best” itinerary can be downloaded with entry tickets for tours and attractions, available via www.visitwaterford.com.