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Waterford is in the south-east of Ireland on the River Suir, and close to where the Suir, Barrow and Nore enter into the sea. Most of Waterford City itself is on the southern side of the river, Ferrybank being the only suburb on the north. The South Quay (once dubbed 'The Noblest Quay in Europe') is a mile long and provides the perfect entrance to the city.
After a Norman conquest, as Waterford grew, the city walls were extended west. A large portion of these walls still stands today, and tours are run regularly. Inside the Norman quarter (opposite the Clock Tower on the Quay) is the pedestrianised John Roberts Square, and Arundel Square. These are two of the main social and commercial hubs in the city.
Unlike most of Ireland, Waterford and the South-East region, enjoys some of the best weather. It's known as the Sunny South East for good reason: the most sunshine and least rain. Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland and is known as The Viking City because of its Viking past. In recent years, the city has been restoring all the ancient city walls. and has also been creating a new 'Viking Triangle' in the city centre. There's a new City Museum and crafts have been brought back into the area. The summers are mild, but no guarantee of good weather. Recent winters have been mixed - Rain is common in the Winter, and snow is rare. Bring your umbrella and don't let it put you off. It is also a modern city with great shops and tourist trails and the locals are very friendly and helpful.
Waterford City is located 65km (40 miles) west of Wexford, 53km (33 miles) west of Rosslare Harbour, 158km (98 miles) southwest of Dublin, 126km (78 miles) east of Cork, and 153km (95 miles) southeast of Shannon Airport. Waterford is reachable from anywhere in Ireland by road.
Waterford airport is 6km south of the City, and can be reached from certain locations in the UK, Europe (during the Summer) and other major Irish airports. Aer Arann  have daily flights to London-Luton airport, as well as several times weekly flights to Birmingham and Manchester. There is now also a daily flight to the rapidly expanding London Southend Airport in Essex. Flybe also run a year-round service to Birmingham (BHX). There are also summer time flights to Lorient (Brittany ). The Airport runs four services a week to Amsterdam and several flights to Bordeaux. Waterford is also ideally located between Dublin and Cork and therefore has access to both airports for long distance flights.
The nearest ferrypoint to Waterford is in Rosslare. It is a short journey from Rosslare to Waterford. Rosslare is accessible by Fishguard and Pembroke (Wales). You can connect at Rosslare and get a bus directly to Waterford City.
Plunkett Railway Station is the main train station in Waterford. It is on the the north side of the river and has direct connections to Dublin (Heuston)via Carlow and Kilkenny and to Limerick via Tipperary. . The railway line from Waterford to Limerick is particularly scenic and good value promotional fares to towns such as Cahir are often available.
Bus Eireann  provide the State bus service in Ireland. The main Bus Terminal is located right in the heart of the city. Bus services run from all major cities and smaller towns into Waterford and is probably the easiest and least expensive way to travel to the city.
Rapid Express operate to Waterford beginning at Dublin Airport and ending at the seaside town of Tramore in County Waterford.
Waterford remains a small city keeping its medieval feel. The city centre is easily travelled on foot, as the centre itself is pedestrianised. Leave the car behind, you will likely save time by walking! Also worth noting is that Waterford is infamously known for its steep urban hills. Don't be afraid to take advantage of the many public benches around.
Taxis and Hackney Cabs are available in Waterford. Taxis can be hailed down in the street however mini cabs must be booked from offices. Costs are measured by distance. Taxis have a meter. If you have to be somewhere at a particular time, it is wise to book in advance as offices can be quite busy.
Waterford City, County and surrounding areas of the South East has numerous museums and historical sites and a variety of international cultural and social events, and some modern art galleries.
Coastal highlights south of Waterford include Dunmore East. a picturesque fishing village; Dungarvan, a major town with a fine harbour; Ardmore, an idyllic beach resort; and Passage East, a tiny seaport from which you can catch a ferry across the harbour and cut your driving time from Waterford to Wexford in half. Of all the coastal towns in County Waterford, Ardmore stands out as the perfect getaway. It has a beautiful and important early Christian site, a pristine Blue Flag beach, a stunning cliff walk, a fine craft shop, an excellent restaurant, comfortable seaside accommodations, and a quaint town recently named Ireland's tidiest. Portally Cove, near Dunmore East, is the home of Ireland's only Amish-Mennonite community.
In northwest County Waterford, the Comeragh Mountains   provide many opportunities for beautiful walks, including the short trek to Mahon Falls. These mountains also have highly scenic roads for biking. Farther west, there's great fishing and bird-watching on the Blackwater estuary.
Discover the Viking and Norman heritage of the city on one of the walking tours including a visit to the famous Reginald's Tower and the ancient city walls.
Waterford Crystal. . Waterford Crystal is a famous export of this city. Glass is hand blown and hand cut in the new, though smaller, factory on the Cork Road. Waterford Crystal showrooms are situated just down from Reginalds Tower in The Mall. The factory tour is well worth it if you have an hour to spare. See the master craftsmen at work on one of the factory tours. Many famous designers have contributed to the collections ranging from glass tumblers to chandeliers. Tours of the factory run every 15-20 minutes. edit
Waterford Treasures - Three Museums in the Viking Triangle  consists of three beautiful museums - the Medieval Museum. the Bishop's Palace and the Reginald's Tower:
- Medieval Museum - Treasures of Medieval Waterford. ☎ +353(0)51-849501. . 11.00 to 17.00. Currently ranked # 1 attraction in Waterford on Tripadvisor.com. Don’t miss the unique Cloth of Gold vestments which were lost for hundreds of years after they were hidden from Cromwell’s army, and the Great Charter Roll which was viewed by Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Ireland. Take the multimedia handheld guide or enjoy a family friendly tour with a costumed performer. 5€, Adult combined entry €8 (Medieval Museum & Bishop’s Palace). edit
- Bishop’s Palace - Treasures of Georgian Waterford. ☎ +353(0)51-849650. . 11.00 to 17.00. This magnificent Georgian residence is a must-see attraction. Experience authentic grand eighteenth century living in this beautiful Georgian building. Don’t miss the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal in the world dating back to 1789, and the Napoleon Mourning Cross; the only one to survive out of the original twelve that were made on his death. Take the multi-media handheld guide or enjoy a family friendly tour with a costumed performer. 5€, Adult combined entry €8 (Medieval Museum & Bishop’s Palace). edit
- Reginald's Tower - Treasures of Viking Waterford. ☎ +353(0)51-304220. . 9.30 – 17.00. Reginald’s Tower is named after the Viking leader who founded Waterford in 914, making Waterford Ireland’s oldest city. Don’t miss the 9th century sword and weapons from a Viking warrior’s grave and the magnificent 12th century gold kite brooch. Guided tours and multimedia handheld tours available. 3€. edit
Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre  on Barrack Street is dedicated to the memory of Brother Edmund Rice, founder of the Presentation and Christian Brothers.
Several Dublin based tour operators such as Kennedy & Carr Travel  offer tours from Dublin city to Waterford Crystal, often including other areas of interest along the way such as the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Typically tours depart around 08:00 in the morning and return at approximately 18:00. Tickets generally cost around €50. For many travellers such tours can provide the independence they want with the structure and local insight that makes for a relaxing tour. Such operators also offer private hire services upon request.
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