Waterford is distinguished by a much admired, very beautiful and richly
historic harbor. Hook lighthouse at the eastern entrance, reputedly
the oldest lighthouse in Europe, is a sturdy sentinel and in contrast
to the softer and more cosy setting on the Western side. The heart
of Waterford is crammed with character from its two great cathedrals
to colourful off-quay alleyways, elegant shops and a rich array
of hotels, restaurants and bars. Its world-renowned crystal places
Waterford the equal of many great European centres in flair and
artistry. It is a compact city and has been described as the Salzburg
Dunmore East, Irelands most picturesque fishing and holiday village
in the south east, 16 kilometers from Waterford City. Dunmore
East is a village rich in history. For a holiday maker of today
looking for a place to stop over night, or for a get away holiday
in an area of beauty and tranquility, Dunmore East is the ideal
John F Kennedy Arboretum
Dedicated to the memory of John F Kennedy, President of the United
States from 1960 - 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of
international standing. It covers 623 acres on the southern slopes
and summit of Slieve Coillte. It contains 4,500 types of trees
and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in
botanical sequence. A visitor center houses exhibitions and audio
Kilkenny Castle was built in 1192 by William Marshall. The castle
was bought by the powerful Butler family in 1391, and their descendants
continued to live there until 1935. The grounds are well kept
and very beautiful. You'll see a rose garden, a fountain, a park
and a well kept children's playground in the court yard. Inside
the castle is a remarkable Gallery because of its vividly painted
ceilings and extensive portrait collection of the Butler family.
Lismore Castle Gardens
The gardens of Lismore are located in Lismore, Co. Waterford.
The gardens are set in seven acres within the 17th century outer
defensive walls and have spectacular views of the castle. The
gardens are believed to be the oldest in Ireland retaining much
of their original jacobean form.
Mount Congreve Gardens
The gardens of Mount Congreve, situated at a sheltered bend along
the River Suir near Waterford at the south eastern coast of Ireland,
covers over seven hundred acres. The garden has a world class
collection of Magnolias, Camellias, Azaleas, Yakushimanum Hybrids
and many more. Mount Congreve, the creation of Ambrose Congreve,
is a magnificent landscape on a grand scale.
Tower is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland and Waterford's
best known edifice. The Vikings built a tower on this site as
a defense against the native Irish from outside the city walls.
When the city fell to the Normans in 1170 A.D.the tower was occupied
by Strongbow who used it as a prison. It was here that the last
Viking king of the city was executed.
St. Canices Cathedral
The 13th Century Cathedral of St. Canices is the second largest
Cathedral in Ireland. The architectural style of the Cathedral
is early Gothic and it is built of Limestone. The Cathedral has
been carefully preserved in its own original style and form. It
is richly endowed with many stained glass windows and the east
Lancelet window is a replica of the original.
The Cosy Thatch Pub
The Cosy Thatch in Kilmeaden is Waterford's most entertaining
and friendly pub. The cottage dates from 1475 and was licensed
in 1780 as a public house. The pub is were news and entertainment
was shared, drink, tobacco, groceries were bought and the dead
were waked. The Cosy Thatch continues to fulfill the duty as the
local hostelry and the wake tradition to this day.
Waterford Castle, located 2 miles from Waterford City, is uniquely
situated on its own private 310 acre island on the River Suir,
surrounded by woodlands and an 18 hole championship golf course.
Waterford Castle offers accommodation of a superb standard and
is currently the only deluxe hotel in the south east of Ireland.
Waterford Crystal designs, manufactures and markets an extensive
range of crystal objects d'art, stemware and gifts for distribution
through out the world. The Waterford Crystal visitor center is
home to the worlds largest display of Waterford Crystal, beautifully
displayed in their bright, airy retail store.
Waterford's Treasures Museum
Treasures: The riverside Granary on Waterford’s quay houses
one of Ireland’s most interactive museums. Drawing on Waterford’s
uniquely important collection of
historic treasures including Viking jewellery, the magnificently
illustrated 14th century Great Charter Roll, Henry VIII’s
cap of maintenance, and old glass, the Museum (which also houses
a giftshop, craftworkers gallery, exhibition gallery and restaurant)
celebrates the story of Ireland’s oldest city, aided by
7 audio-visual displays and interactive pods.
Golf - Faithlegg Golf Club
Faithlegg Golf Club, located just outside Waterford City in south
eastern Ireland is one of the finest clubs in Ireland offering
the perfect championship parkland golf course. Faithlegg Golf
Course provides a haven of tranquility second to none.
Golf - Waterford Castle Golf Club
The unique Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Club is Ireland's
only true island golf course resort. Completely detached from
the mainland and the only golf course in Ireland to be accessed
by private ferry.
On this privately owned 310 acre island, home of the world
renowned Waterford Castle Hotel, sits a wonderful parkland
golf course. Designed by Des Smyth, former Ryder Cup player
and current European tour member, and opened in 1992, this
18-hole, par 72 championship golf course leads you through
mature woodland and parkland. The course itself runs to 6,814
yards, off the medal tees, and covers an area of over 200 acres.
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