Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city – and it could be the most charming too. Today, Waterford is a blend of old and new, classic and contemporary – and it’s hard to believe that this industrious city was first settled back in 853 by Viking raiders. But that’s where it all began – and its base on the River Suir led to it becoming a prosperous city of great importance throughout the ages, flourishing in various industries from shipbuilding to glass production.
Waterford is justifiably proud of its heritage and wherever you turn, you’ll be confronted with a piece of its fascinating past. The city’s story comes to life in its ancient architecture such as the iconic Reginald’s Tower – a 13th century defence tower and a timeless landmark of Waterford. It’s also the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. You can find the magnificent tower in the Viking Quarter and explore its past through an on-site museum.
And as museums go, this fascinating city has certainly got the lion’s share. The Waterford Museum of Treasures features three museums, each focusing on different ages and chronicling over one thousand years of history.
Treasures of Viking Waterford is the Reginald’s Tower museum as mentioned earlier, and is home to a magnificent collection of historic and archaeological artefacts dating back to the Viking era. The other museums in the collection include the Treasures of Medieval Waterford, situated between Cathedral Square and the Bishop’s Palace, and the Treasures of Georgian Waterford based at Waterford’s Mall.
Today, Waterford is celebrated for much more than its rich heritage. It has a thriving crystal trade – a legacy of its former glass-masking industry, a flourishing arts scene, a lively nightlife with live music almost every night and a bustling event calendar, with diary dates ranging from arts and street festivals to culinary celebrations and of course, a St Patrick’s Day parade.
Whether you’re planning to explore the city’s past or join in the annual St Patrick’s Day festivities, there are a number of accommodation options available. Travelodge Waterford offers a convenient location just outside of the city centre, away from the hustle and bustle yet close to the major road networks. It’s also a cost-effective option – perfect for a city break with a difference that won’t break the bank.
So what’s stopping you? Get your stay booked and discover the charm of Waterford. With hundreds of years of history, a lovely riverside location, a bubbly nightlife and a friendly welcome, you’ve got all the right ingredients for a cracking weekend getaway.
The editor of Discovery News Journal, and pursuer of relatively interesting information, Simon has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales, and is a photo-journalist and writer whose written and photographic work has been represented by the AFP news agency and appeared in newspapers across Europe and Asia.