Waterford City Guide

This county is best known for its world famous Waterford Crystal. But it has much more to offer including charming inland towns and villages, a spectacular coastline hosting sailing and other water sports for passionate enthusiasts and a city deep in history. Known locally as The Deise, named after an ancient tribe. The ancient land of the Deise has a rich history of megalithic formations and hosts examples of some of the first forms of known writing. Waterford city is the oldest city in Ireland and successfully interweaving modern streets within medieval city walls, cobbled streets and several historic buildings including a tower which has stood protecting the people since the times of the Vikings. West of Waterford City, the Copper Coast Drive offers sweeping seascapes, cliffs, bays and coves between Tramore and Dungarvan as well as a number of blue flag beaches; magnificent castles and strands offering swimming and diving. As far as food is concerned, Waterford is well known for a unique bread-making specialty. No visit can be complete without tasting the scrumptious blaa – an extra-soft doughy bread roll which literally melts in your mouth. The Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre is one of Ireland's most popular visitor sites and although the factory has spent years in financial decay its future was secured in 2009 with plans to expand the Visitor Centre. This is just one of many fine visitor attractions.