Waterford Tourism

The city of Waterford is as well known to some as it is unknown to others. Few people know that this is the oldest city in Ireland and has a millennium old history associated with it. Its origins can be traced back to a Viking settlement back in 853 when they built a small settlement, and later on a full city. From there it kept changing hands between the Vikings, local Irish and English royalty.

The last vestiges of those by-gone eras can still be found spread out over the city like guarding sentinels which never leave their positions. The Viking Triangle is one fine example. It is an area in Waterford which was surrounded by 1000-year-old Viking walls and has most of the iconic buildings of the time like the Reginald’s Tower (oldest urban civic building in Ireland) and Bishop’s Palace Museum.

Thanks to the economic boom of the 18th century, Waterford became quite prosperous and most of the beautiful architecture viewed today came up in that period. The most notable feature of the city is the world famous Waterford Crystal. One can go to the factory and observe the artisans hard at work in there. The city’s motto ‘’Waterford remains the untaken city’’ came because it withstood quite a few sieges over its illustrious history.

The beauty about Waterford is that though it is in Ireland, it doesn’t have the typical Irish weather and one doesn’t need to be constantly afraid of the heavens splitting open and drenching everyone in sight. On the other hand, it receives quite a lot of sunshine, and the weather is usually very pleasant and perfect for a lazy stroll, a peaceful trek or just some jolly good fishing. Take your pick, as any choice is going to delight you anyways.

Essential travel information and Waterford tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC +0 hours
  • Currency: Euro
  • Electricity and Internet: Standard Output is 220-240V. A number of places in Waterford give out free Wi-Fi. For cellular internet users, 3G and 4G connections are also available.
  • Languages: Irish is the first and national language but almost everyone is proficient in English too.
  • Security: 112 and 999 are emergency service numbers.
  • Tipping: Tipping is appreciated but not expected in Waterford. Some restaurants charge service tax so tipping is not required. 10-12% is the general tipping amount.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Waterford

  • Know the pollution level of Waterford before you plan your visit.

    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 41.67 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Waterford for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Waterford.

    • Burglary and Theft 52.17 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 33.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 47.83 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.96 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 23.96 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.29 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Waterford is 191.08 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 51.47 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 92.31 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 11.49 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.97 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 63.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.3 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 112.69 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Waterford

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.27 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.24 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 68.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 79.62 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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