Top 56 attractions you must visit in Waterford

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Top 56 attractions to explore in Waterford

County Waterford is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Munster and is part of the South-East Region. is the oldest city in Ireland and it is the perfect blend of ancient and modern. It is renowned for its exciting festivals and events such as the West Waterford Festival of Food, Spraoi, Winterval, Harvest Festival, Taste Tramore, Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival and Waterford Film Festival and many more.

Ardmore BeachArdmore Beach, 2-6 Cois Trá, Duffcarrick, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, P36 WT25, Ireland
Beaches

The beautiful Ardmore Beach is one of the more popular places to visit in Waterford. Especially as you can pair a visit here with a ramble along the Ardmore Cliff Walk and then lunch in the Cliff House Hotel, if you fancy! A day trip to the beach is much more special when it comes imbued with history, tradition and plenty of other activities for the outdoor-minded visitor.

Ardmore Cliff Walk14 The Heritage, Dysert, Co. Waterford, Ireland
1 Day Treks

This walk brings you on cliff-top paths, minor roads and laneways past Early Christian St Declan's Well, Ardmore Round Tower, 12th Century Cathedral and a lookout post with a variety of flora, fauna and birdlife (coastal birds, Rock Pipits, Pheasant, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon) and some stunning coastal scenery.

Ardmore Round Tower43 Dubh Carrig, Dysert, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, P36 X735, Ireland
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

The Ardmore Round Tower is one of the best-preserved examples in Ireland. Situated in the middle of a still-used Cemetery. It is a complete tower but the conical cap is not the original. The 12th century tower has three clearly visible string courses and each course is offset, this plus the inclination or batter of the walls give the tower it's distinctive tapered shape. The sandstone blocks are dressed to the curve. The tower has a total of 7 windows and a decorated.

Ballinacourty LighthouseBallinacourty, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Lighthouses

A majestic lighthouse located in the eastern Dungarvan Bay. At 13 metres, the lighthouse is not particularly high, but it towers above the surrounding flat land. Electrification of the light took place on 12th February 1964. The present light source comprises a cluster of 4 x 35W halogen lamps and was installed during the 2005-06 re-equip of the station.

Ballynageeragh Portal TombBallynageeragh, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Tombs

Ballynageeragh Portal Tomb is a dolmen and National Monument situated in County Waterford, Ireland. Its oval capstone measures 4 metres in length and 2.65 in width, it rests on the door-stone, and a cushion stone is situated between the capstone and the backstone. There are around ten portal tombs within a radius of twenty kilometres from here with the finest examples at Gaulstown and Knockeen plus many standing stones and a few passage tombs all very accessible.

Ballysaggartmore LodgesSouthpark, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Ballysaggartmore Towers are two ornate entrance lodges that are situated on the former Ballysaggartmore Demesne approx 2.5 kilometres from the town of Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. The structures are considered architectural "follies".They were constructed for an Anglo Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher no later than 1834. The house itself was large but of a very plain design, which was in obvious contrast to the lodges.

Ballyscanlan LoughBallyscanlan Lough, Carrickavrantry, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Ballyscanlan Lough is a lake in Ireland and has an elevation of 120 metres. Ballyscanlan Lough is situated west of Carrickavrantry, close to Carrigavantry Lake. An iconic location for a picnic and there are also so many options for adventures too.

Ballyvoyle TunnelSheskin, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Tunnels

The Ballyvoyle Tunnel is a former Irish railway tunnel, located in County Waterford. It is one of the attractions of the Waterford Greenway, a 46km cycle route from Waterford to Dungarvan. Built in 1878, it is no longer used by trains today. This tunnel survives as a reminder of the introduction of the railway network to the county by the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company in the late nineteenth century.

Ballyvoyle ViaductBallyvoyle, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Man-made Structures- Other

A graceful viaduct making a dramatic visual statement in the landscape, forming an artificial horizon spanning the Dalligan River valley. It is a our-span railway viaduct over river, built 1923, incorporating fabric of earlier viaduct, opened 1878, on site. Decommissioned, 1982. Now disused. Unpainted mass-concrete tapered pylon piers with coping over.

Belle LakeBelle Lake, Ballyloughmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful shallow lake located six miles north of Hutchinson in central Minnesota. The lake is 826 acres in size with a maximum depth of 25 feet . The southern two-fifths of the lake is in Acoma Township, McLeod County, and the northern three-fifths is in Meeker County.

Cappoquin House and GardensHouse and Gardens, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, P51 D324, Ireland
Iconic Buildings
Botanical Gardens

Cappoquin House is an 18th century Georgian mansion built on the site of an old Fitzgerald castle with a large south facing hillside garden. The gardens are not wheelchair friendly being on a slope. 5 acres, south facing on acid soil. Wide range of interesting herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees.

Carey's CastleUnnamed Rd, Co. Waterford, Glenabbey, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins
Botanical Gardens

Carey's Castle, is an absolutely charming and picturesque 18th century structure situated in a glen beside the Glenary River in a scenic woodlands near Clonmel. There is a small lawn with picnic site close to the car park. A walk of about 500m takes you to Carey’s Castle, through mixed woodland and there is a pleasant walking path along the river bank for about 600m.

Castle CourtCastle Ct, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Botanical Gardens

Lismore Castle Gardens are situated on the outskirts of Lismore town, Spread over seven acres, the historic gardens at Lismore Castle in County Waterford are divided into two very distinct and different halves. The Upper Garden is a complete example of the 17th-century walled garden first constructed here by Richard Boyle, the First Earl of Cork, in about 1605. The Gardens are open 7 days a week from 10.30 am – 5.30 pm.

Cistercian OrderMount Melleray Abbey, Mountmelleray, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Man-made Structures- Other

The Cistercian Order finds its historical origin in Cîteaux, a French monastery founded in 1098 by a group of monks under the leadership of St. Robert of Molesme. Having left behind the Abbey of Molesme to found a new monastery, the community set out intending to live a life faithful to the simplicity of the Rule of St. Benedict. Inspired

Clonea CastleClonea, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

A majestic castle located in Clonea Lower townland, roughly two and a half miles east of Dungarvan, the castle lay on a rocky outcrop at the edge of the shore by Clonea Beach. It was owned by the Maguire. The structure's entry in National Monuments Service records indicate that it was "not an antiquity", but was built in the late 18th or early 19th century, possibly on the site of an earlier Fitzgerald family fortification.

Colligan Wood WalksBallyconnery Lower, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Outdoors- Other
1 Day Treks
Forests

The Colligan walk takes the walker through woodland that grows along the valley of the River Colligan, where is a wide range of tree species. Deciduous trees such as Spanish chestnut, oak and beech grow here. The views are expansive and include the surrounding woodland and farmland with Dungarvan Harbour and Helvick Head in the distance.

Comeragh MountainsComeragh Mountains, Curraheen, Co. Waterford, Ireland
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

A beautiful mountain range extending from the River Suir valley near Clonmel to the coastal lowland north of Stradbally. The uplands have been heavily glaciated, resulting in a series of impressive steep-walled carries. The twelve mountains which form the Comeragh Mountains are popular for mountain climbers and hikers and the Comeragh Mountains Walking Festival is held every October and is centred on the Nire Valley.

Coumduala LoughCoumduala Lough, Curraheen, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful lake in Ireland and has an elevation of 472 metres. Coumduala Lough is situated east of Gleananore, close to Comeragh Mountains. It is one of the iconic attraction and there are so many things to explore here.

Coumshingaun LoughCoumshingaun Lough, Commons, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

This is an Irish lake, Set in a mountain circus, in the Comeragh Mountains, it is one of the most beautiful lakes in all of Ireland. Surrounded by rock and mountains, its deep, mysterious, oval-shaped waters are a real reward for hikers who come to discover it. The view is spectacular, and well worth a walk to discover it.

Dromana gateDromana, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Dromana Gate is a striking Hindu-Gothic gate lodge and was the entrance to Villierstown and the Dromana estate. Henry Villiers Stuart inherited the estate in the early part of the 18th century and in 1826 married an Austrian widow known as Theresia Pauline Ott of Vienna.The Gate-Lodge comprises of a central pointed archway topped with an onion dome and two side chambers, each with four windows and a fireplace.

Map of attractions in Waterford