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County Waterford

County Waterford is situated in southeast part of Ireland. The landscape is quite diverse. The scenery changes gradually from its smooth sculpted coastline, throughout lush wooded valleys of Blackwater River and the River Suir, towards the grand hills which change to mountain ranges, the Knockmealdown Mountains and the Comeragh Mountains. A large part of coastline, known as the Copper Coast has been designated as a UNESCO Geopark as place of great geological importance. County Waterford also has a large historical importance. It was always gateway for newcomers and invaders as Celts, Vikings and then Anglo-Normans. In Ardmore St Declan began mission of christianization and founded one of the earliest monastic sites in Ireland, in late 5th century, before the coming of Saint Patrick. Also here was established the first city in Ireland - Waterford, founded by the Vikings in 10th century. Some of its early structures survived to our times, as Reginald's Tower, which now hosts the exhibition about the Vikings. Together with Medieval Museum and Bishop's Palace it provides full history of the region. Waterford City is also known for making crystals. Waterford Crystal was founded in 1793 and has become famous all over the world. County Waterford is one of the sunniest places in Ireland and has a few popular seaside resorts as Dunmore East, Tramore or Dungarvan, wich offers plenty of accommodation, great food and a lot of outdoor activities (golf, angling, water sports and horse riding)

Interesting places in county Waterford

Ballinacourty Lighthouse

Ballinacourty Lighthouse

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Ballinacourty Lighthouse is situated on the rocky eastern shore of Dungarvan Harbour, in County Waterford. It was established at the initiative of the merchants and ship owners to guide ships into Dungarvan Bay, and the first light flashed in 1858. The tower is 13m high (16 meters above the sea level) and is made of local limestone. The lighthouse was conver...   more info and photos

Waterford Medieval Museum

Waterford Medieval Museum

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Waterford's Medieval Museum, situated in oldest part of the city, called Viking Triangle, presents interesting and colorful history of the first city in Ireland. The museum's building contains two medieval structures within its walls, 13th century Chorister's Hall and 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. The modern and interactive exhibitions covers the Waterfor...   more info and photos

Dungarvan Castle

Dungarvan Castle

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Castle in Dungarvan (County Waterford), also known as King John's Castle is an Anglo - Norman fortress built in 1185. The castle is situated at the eastern corner of the town on the bend of river Colligan, just before escape to the sea. Defensive walls create the shape of shell, what is unique in Ireland, but quite common in England. There are two towers on ...   more info and photos

Copper Coast Geopark

Copper Coast Geopark

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Copper Coast Geopark located in County Waterford occupies over 90 square kilometers of unspoiled landscape loaded with geological, archaeological and industrial heritage revelations. The Geopark comprises six villages: Dunhill, Annestown, Boatstrand, Kill, Bunmahon, Stradbally, and each of these places has something interesting to offer. The coast is spectac...   more info and photos

Reginalds Tower

Reginalds Tower

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Reginald's Tower is oldest and most characteristic building of Waterford. It was built in 1003 by Reginald (or Ragnall), the viking leader of Waterford. Initially it was a wooden building being a part of the defensive wall of the area known as the Viking Triangle. In 12th century, when Anglo Normans took control over the city, tower was re-built, wood was re...   more info and photos

Ardmore Montastic Complex

Ardmore Montastic Complex

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Monastic Complex in Ardmore, County Waterford is the one of the earliest monastic sites in Ireland. It was founded in late 5th century by St Declan, who began mission of christianization before the coming of Saint Patrick. The oldest building of medieval monastic city is St Declan's Oratory from 8th century, which is believed to have been built over the buri...   more info and photos

Gaulstown Portal Tomb

Gaulstown Portal Tomb

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

The dolmen located in Gaulstown, about 8 km southwest of Waterford is one the finest portal tombs in Ireland. Megalith is situated in small woodland at the foot of hillside locally known as "Hill of the Hag" and dates from around 3500 BC. The huge rectangular capstone of dimensions approx 4m by 2.5m (1m thick) and weight about 6 tons rests on 5 upright stone...   more info and photos