Waterford & The East

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Waterford & The East

Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland, is the perfect blend of ancient and modern. Gourmet restaurants and traditional pubs co-exist with medieval city walls, quaint cobbled streets, and historic buildings still standing proud after more than a thousand years. As you leave the medieval strongholds behind, you will find yourself lost in the beauty of Wild Atlantic Way scenery.

The Region

Do look further than Waterford alone: the "Sunny South East" has plenty of historical and natural jewels, waiting to be explored.


No city is a better representative of Irish history than Waterford, the capital of the South East. The city was founded by the Vikings in 853 on the River Suir estuary, and it is still influenced by bygone medieval times, with the Viking Triangle, a number of symbolic landmarks embracing the buzzing city centre today. An important scene during the Irish Civil War, then a glass-making empire, Waterford has always taken a significant role in the Republic of Ireland. Today, Waterford City remains a thriving port with great shopping, accommodation, quality gourmet restaurants, and a mix of modern and traditional pubs. The surrounding area too has a lot to offer to the lovers of nature and history: the county is home to the world's arguably oldest lighthouse, the spectacular Copper Coast, as well as myriads of medieval castles and gardens all worth a day trip out of the city.

Do & See

Waterford is brimming with medieval landmarks, collectively known as the Viking Triangle, and is adorned by blossoming parks and scenic stretches of water.


From gourmet to pub grub, Waterford provides a truly diverse dining experience for every taste. Seafood, not surprisingly, is featured on several menus here, sourced from the Celtic Sea and the rivers running through the region. Waterford is famous for its blaa bread, a special dough (to be tried at No. 9 Café).


The cafes of Waterford welcome you with filling treats, fresh snacks, and the famous Irish hospitality so well known throughout the world. Below are some of the best cafes in Waterford, Ireland:

Bars & Nightlife

When it comes to entertainment, the South East never disappoints: enjoy the Irish craic with live music and a pint of Guinness, in the town where Sinéad O'Connor too spent considerable time! Here are the best bars and nightclubs in Waterford, Ireland:


Although the majority of Waterford Crystal products is no longer produced in the home country, there is still no shortage of glassware in the area, as well as lovely souvenir shops scattered all across the city.

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