Lismore Heritage Centre
When travelling to Waterford, Lismore Heritage Centre is a must-see and do. Not only do they offer a groundbreaking virtual reality experience of the castle where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the castle’s secrets, you’ll gain a fantastic insight in Lismore’s history and heritage.
Try something different as a family and book the Robert Boyle Escape Room which mixes science and history in a 21st-century fun-filled way. Afterward, take your picnic and head along to the beautiful Lismore Castle Gardens and enjoy what nature has to offer in the magnificent grounds.
Faithlegg House Hotel
Faithlegg Hotel, an 18th-century mansion standing at the head of Waterford Harbour, offers you the amazing option of self-catering as well as hotel accommodation within a luxurious 4-star setting. Faithlegg is the perfect spot for a romantic break, or a whole family holiday.
Not only will you be spoilt for choice with their fantastic leisure centre on-site, you can book yourself in to be pampered with Elemis products at their spa or spend a few hours on their award-winning golf course. For a family-friendly activity, bring your tennis racquets and have some fun on their tennis courts. Exquisite food is always the perfect end to the day, and with award-winning chef Jenny Flynn behind the menus in the Roseville Rooms Restaurant, you will not be disappointed.
House of Waterford Crystal
Have you ever wondered how the beautiful Waterford Crystal, crafted since 1783, and celebrated worldwide is made? Wonder no more by heading along on a guided factory tour where you’ll be able to see and hear how they create the stunning crystal in great detail. Based in The Mall in Waterford City, it’s the perfect stop on your vacation in Waterford.
After the tour why not treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea. Savour your tea or coffee from the “charismatic Butterfly Bloom from the Wedgwood fine bone china collection”. Afterwards, pop along to the beautiful brand store on site, and take a little bit of Waterford home with you where you can get a customised piece to mark any occasion.
The Waterford Greenway is a stunning 46km route that can be cycled, walked or even done on a Segway, from the city to Dungarvan. Rent or bring your own but be sure to enjoy picturesque views as you make your way along the greenway.
Some notable stops to include as you venture along the route include the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway – just 2km down the greenway – which takes people of all ages on a railway ride through the abandoned Waterford-Dungarvan line. Another popular spot to note is Mount Congreve Estate Gardens. For a quick pitstop, the village of Kilmacthomas is a must to refresh and refuel. Enjoy a cuppa at Couch House Coffee, situated at the historic Famine Workhouse.
And Chips by Eunice Power
At the end of the greenway you will be able to enjoy gourmet fish and chips in the harbour town of Dungarvan. And Chips is run by Eunice Power – a successful entrepreneur, TV chef, Irish Times food writer, tutor and passionate promoter of food who uses sustainable seafood and good quality local produce to create some truly fabulous healthy fast food.
Order some of your favourites, from the delicious Fish and Chips, Burgers and Taco Fries, to Falafels. Just a few minutes walk away is Clonea Beach, so bring a blanket and enjoy your sumptuous food.
Base yourself in the centre of Waterford City at Dooley’s Hotel. Family is the heart and soul of this hotel as it has been family-owned and managed for three generations. This hotel serves delicious, locally-sourced produce as part of their menus, as well as excellent children’s menus.
An excellent base to explore everything Waterford has to offer, with shopping on the doorstep of the hotel to the beaches, walkways and many golf courses on offer in the county. Unwind after your dinner in the New Ship Restaurant by enjoying a nightcap in the Paddy Kirwan Room and take yourself off to bed to do it all again the next day. .
Idyllically located in the village of Dunmore East, in the harbour, Dunmore Adventure will be a hit with older children, teenagers, and the more adventurous parent! Water and land-based activities are sure to keep everyone entertained for hours – from their purpose-built Adventure Centre which includes activities like archery, climbing and abseiling.
Opt for a Sea Safari tour out on the water, where you will see where the Vikings first passed when travelling up to build Ireland’s oldest city. Everyone loves an aquapark and Dunmore Adventure will not disappoint as they are home to Ireland’s biggest and best inflatable waterpark, the Wibit Wipeout Aquapark.
Journey back in time in Ireland’s oldest city by stepping inside Medieval Waterford at the Medieval Museum. This is Ireland’s only purpose-built Medieval Museum and it’s the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers.
Located within the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle, within the city centre, end the day by going to see Europe’s only complete set of medieval cloth-of-gold vestments, or the Luker Chalice which is the oldest surviving Waterford chalice. It’s 1,000 years of history in 1,000 paces.
Source: RSVP Live