Waterford, Ireland’s Oldest City, is a Gateway City and economic driver of the South East and is a vibrant attractive location. It is situated on a number of critical and linking transport corridors with modern air, rail and road infrastructure. Established by the Vikings in 914, it is in fact older than all of the northern European capitals with the exception of London and Paris.
Waterford has retained much of its medieval character as a walled City and a large portion of the City walls remain intact. Located on the banks of the River Suir, Waterford City also has a rich maritime heritage which can be enjoyed on the mile long quays in the heart of the City and the three city centre marinas which have hosted the International Tall Ships Race with great success on two separate occasions.
The City has a strong cultural sector with theatres, art galleries, museums and libraries. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for with the first rate range of sporting choices from the ancient Irish game of hurling, golf, horse racing and rowing to name but a few. Shopping is extensive with a wide choice of boutique and high street stores located in the City Centre and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lively cafe culture. Evening entertainment options include modern and traditional Irish pubs with live music, award winning restaurants.
The world famous House of Waterford Crystal continues to be the main tourist attraction in the region with the world’s largest display of Waterford Crystal in their modern showrooms and an opportunity to see the manufacturing process first hand on their guided tour of the manufacturing facility.
The City’s location also means that one is never far from either the beautiful countryside or the beaches of Waterford County. The City is surrounded by unspoilt countryside which includes the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains which offer beautiful walks and hiking trails. One also has access to 147km of unspoilt coastline, including the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark and a choice of 49 beaches scattered along the coast.