Place to Check Out in Waterford

place-to-check-out-in-waterfordWaterford is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, founded by the Vikings in 900. As a result of the long and rich history, the city has a wealth of historic attractions as well as lots of charm and atmospheric appeal.

Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre

Since its origins with the city’s first factory in 1783, Waterford Crystal has been the iconic craft that has put the city into the mind of the world, and the Visitors Centre is the premier place to discover its history and beauties. The center maintains the world’s largest display of Waterford Crystal including famous designs such as those by Marquis by Waterford, Stuart Crystal, Rosenthal, Wedgwood and John Rocha at Waterford. The center also offers a tour of the production process as well as an overview of the evolution of glass making.

Waterford Treasures at the Granary

This museum details the city’s history through modern exhibits utilizing color and sound to illustrate Waterford’s days as a Viking outpost up to the 19th century. Also, don’t forget to visit the exhibition gallery and its top-class restaurant.

Christ Church Cathedral

This impressive cathedral in the centre of Waterford City has been hailed as Ireland’s finest 18th century ecclesiastical building. The site earlier housed a medieval church and then a Gothic-styled one, and today, the church is still a primary place of worship for Waterford as well as being a first-class musical venue renowned for its acoustics, and international musical acts have recently played in the church. Its famous pipe organ is in restoration. Visitors who wish to contribute to the restoration can have their name engraved on it.

Reginald’s Tower

Standing over to protect the Quays of Waterford, Reginald’s Tower is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland and a strategic landmark of Waterford. The original tower was a Viking garrison that dated back to the 10th century, and the current wide, circular structure was made in the early 13th century, with a second phase added in the 15th century.