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Whether you’re looking for exciting city life or a stunning natural coastline – Waterford county has a little bit of something for absolutely everyone. As it is the oldest city in Ireland, it has the perfect bled of the old and the new – in face, you will be able to experience over 1,000 years of history in just 1,000 steps, where else can you do such a thing? Waterford is situated just in the South East of Ireland and is known for its local walking tours, boutiques, food festivals and so much more. In fact, Waterford is home to some of the most famous festivals in the whole world, so make sure you check the calendar before you visit so you don’t miss them.

There is so much to see and do in the ancient city of Waterford – the adventure awaits.

Things to do in Waterford

There are so many things to do in Waterford, it can be tricky to know where to start exactly. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or some sort of history tour – you will find it here. But we have a list of some of the best things to do while you’re in this gorgeous city.

The Ardmore Cliff Walk

If there’s one thing you don’t miss when visiting Waterford it is the Ardmore Cliff Walk. This 4km circular walk is absolutely breath-taking and is a treat for any walker or tourists after cliff views you cannot see anywhere else. Depending on your pace, you could do this walk in an hour, so it is perfect for those who perhaps aren’t avid hikers usually and for most skill abilities. People that do take on this walk are rewarded with sensational views, Irish wildlife and historical sites you won’t see elsewhere. The walk starts and ends at the Cliff House Hotel and the trail itself is really easy to navigate – so don’t worry about getting lost.

Lismore Castle Gardens

Within the privately owned Lismore Castle grounds is the gardens that stretch across 7 acres of spectacular land. The castle is surrounded by countryside and with it comes views you won’t see anywhere else in Ireland. The gardens themselves have been divided into two halves, with the ‘Upper Garden’ showing amazing examples of 17th century architecture and the ‘Lower Garden’ representing the more modern aspects of the gardens. Both gardens have incredible flowers, shrubbery and greenery that has bene praised by people all over the world and it is truly a sight to be seen on your visit to Waterford.

Try surfing

Ever thought of surfing in Ireland? No – not many people do. But if you fancy giving surfing a go – the best place to give it a try can be found at Tramore Beach. With several surf schools that offer lessons for all abilities and a local community that is dedicated to the sport, you’re in for a great time if you fancy having a go at surfing. Once you’ve finished catching some waves, there is so many things to do in Tramore, with loads of restaurants offering that all important post-surf refuel.

Visit Goat Island

Yes, you read that right. One of our favourite places to visit in Waterford is a hidden gem known as ‘Goat Island.’ Goat island will take you off the beaten road and the cove is just 5km from the west of Ardmore. Here, you will find locals swimming here all year round – and if your brave enough to join them they are sue to be impressed. Just make sure you prepare yourself if the water is cold and ensure you are will someone else should you need help.

Eating Out in Waterford

Waterford is a great place to grab a bite to eat, no matter what you’re in the mood for. Whether you’re after somewhere for a casual meal out, or want to dress up a bit and make the meal a little fancier – you will find it in Waterford. Here are some of our favourites:

Heery's Bar & Restaurant

Heery's Bar & Restaurant is open 7 days a week and is located on John Street in the heart of the city. This restaurant has a fully stocked bar, an incredible cocktail menu and some of the best cuisine in the whole city. The menu is made up of A La Carte, Tapas, lunch and brunch and aims to have a little something for everyone, while also including local ingredients. The mixology team at Heery’s is on hand all day and night to serve you a range of their super cocktails, just remember that the bar is an over 23s bar – so remember to bring that proof of ID.

Burzza Restaurant

This wonderfully casual restaurant in the heart of Waterford city serves such a wide range of foods, wines and beers from locally sourced produce. From pizzas to burgers, this is the ideal place to dine if you fancy something delicious, without having to dress the part.

Barron’s Bakery

Dating way back to the 17th century, Waterford Blaa is a famous delicacy in the city. Blaa arrived in the city with French Protestants when Waterford was a powerful trading city for goods like wheat, butter, and flour. Blaa was originally believed to just be left over dough that couldn’t be used for baking the ‘proper’ loaves, so was made into these rolls that people now travel to try – who would have thought? Barron’s Bakery use Scotch Brick Ovens to bake their gorgeous breads and doughs and you can either sit in with a coffee, or take your bread away to enjoy wherever you’re staying.

Transport in Waterford

Waterford is a relatively small city, so it is very accessible by foot. The city itself is completely pedestrianised – so you will want to leave your car at home either way. Along with this, the bus service in the city, Bus Éireann, provide the major local bus services. These buses will connect you to all of the surrounding suburbs of the city.

Although you can probably get around comfortably on public transport, you could also hire a car in Waterford if you want to go a bit further afield. We would recommend not using it within the city itself, though, and leave the car for journey’s away from the centre.

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FAQs about car hire in Waterford

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Waterford

Car hiring costs in Waterford are at around €41.00 per day.
Budget Car Rental and Enterprise are the most popular car hire companies in Waterford.
The driving distance from Waterford and Dublin is about 133 kilometers.
The average price of a litre of fuel in Waterford can vary between €1.60 and €1.30.
The most economic options among small cars in Waterford have rates of €286.75 for a week, which is about €40.85 per day.
The most economic car hire options in Waterford for an entire month start at €1,225.32, or €40.57 per day.
Based on the weather the best time of the year to visit Waterford is from late June to early September (As far as average temperatures go).
House of Waterford Crystal is the best place to start exploring Waterford.

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