Waterford is the primary city of the South East region, and the fifth largest in the Republic of Ireland. Founded in 914 AD, by the Vikings, it is Ireland’s oldest city.
Reginald’s Tower, named after the city’s founder, Regnall, is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. It is to this day Waterford’s most recognisable landmark.
The River Suir flows through Waterford city and has provided the basis for Waterford’s long maritime history. Waterford Port has been one of Ireland’s major ports for over a millennium. Today, Waterford is synonymous with Waterford Crystal the world over, a legacy of one of the city’s most successful and enduring industries, glass making. Glass, or crystal, has been manufactured in the city since 1783.
Things to See & Do
* Reginald’s Tower
* Waterford Treasures Museum
* Waterford Crystal Factory Tour
* Waterford Coast
Cruise Season – March – Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English & Irish
Land Area – 41.58 sq km’s
Population – 50,000
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Port Location – Waterford port is located a short distance from the city centre.
Transport Links – Waterford airport is 6km south of the City. Aer Arann have daily flights to London-Luton airport, as well as several times weekly flights to Birmingham and Manchester. There are also summer time flights to Lorient (Brittany). Waterford is also ideally located between Dublin and Cork and therefore has access to both airports for long distance flights.
Bus and rail services are available from Waterford to major locations in Ireland. Plunkett Railway Station is located on the the north side of the river. The main bus terminal is located right in the heart of the city.