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About Waterford

Established in 914 AD by the Vikings, Waterford is Ireland's first city. This walled city retains much of its medieval character and the boundaries of the 10th century settlement can be seen in The Viking Triangle. In the city, Reginald's Tower is the most historic urban medieval monument in Ireland and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. In fact, many believe it was the first building in Ireland to use mortar. Today, Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, manufactured in the city since 1783, a history which is celebrated at the impressive visitor's centre in the heart of the city.

 

Shore excursions in Waterford

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Charming Tipperary

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Enjoy a day of stunning scenery as you travel to Tipperary to visit Cahir Castle and the renowned Rock of Cashel.

Tipperary, Ireland’s largest inland county, has plenty of varied and breathtaking scenery with hills, mountains, plains and river valleys. Renowned for its lush pasturelands, it boasts the best Irish dairy products in the country. Rich in ancient heritage, Tipperary has long been a place of great significance and was once home to Ireland’s High Kings.

As you reach the town of Cashel, you’ll see the imposing Rock of Cashel rearing up from the landscape in a series of limestone ridges and topped by the serenely beautiful Cathedral of St Patrick. You’ll visit the Rock, which is a remarkable pre-Christian settlement and was formerly the seat of the Irish kings of Munster. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a restaurant located beside this impressive Rock. Afterwards, there will be some free time to wander through the town of Cashel and perhaps pick up a souvenir.

Leaving Cashel, you’ll travel to Cahir, located on the River Suir. A visit will be made to Cahir Castle, which dates mainly from the 15th century. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the Castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland's largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir. Rooms in the keep are whitewashed and contain armour displays and period furnishings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Throughout the day you will be surrounded by magnificent views, charming towns and beautiful scenery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a steep incline to reach the Rock of Cashel and uneven surfaces at Cahir Castle. Free time in Cashel is around 45 minutes.

Copper Coast Panorama

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the beauty of the dramatic ‘Copper Coast’, and enjoy some traditional Irish entertainment.

Embark on a drive through Waterford city towards Bunmahon village and along the ‘Copper Coast’. The name was given to signify the once thriving mining industry of the area.

As you drive along the lovely coastline, sit back and enjoy the surrounding rugged scenery. You’ll travel through the colourful and charming villages of Boatstrand, Annestown and Fenor, and the popular seaside resort of Tramore.

Heading north east of Tramore, you’ll find contrasting scenery of fertile farmland and lush countryside. A stop will be made at a nearby country pub to soak up the local atmosphere whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and watching the traditional Irish entertainment.

The return to the port will allow you to enjoy more of the lovely countryside scenery, before arriving back into Waterford. .

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is predominantly by coach and involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach. There is also a 50 yard walk from the coach park to the refreshment venue and there may be some steps to negotiate. The outward drive is around 2 hours, with photo stops along the way if conditions permit.

Picturesque Nore Valley

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Absorb the picturesque scenery of the Nore Valley as you travel to the beautiful little village of Inistioge.

Your journey begins with a leisurely drive through the Viking city of Waterford into the neighbouring county of Kilkenny. As you travel through the beautiful surroundings of the Nore Valley, you’ll pass the 12th century Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey, one of the finest monastic ruins in Ireland and the early medieval town of Thomastown, with its quaint, colourful houses and picturesque views of the River Nore.

Nestled in the heart of the Nore Valley is the beautiful little village of Inistioge. This charming village with a tree-lined square and river running alongside has been the location for numerous films including ‘Widow’s Peak’ and ‘Circle of Friends’. You’ll stop here to enjoy refreshments at a country pub whilst soaking up the local atmosphere. After your refreshing drink you’ll have time to take photos, browse the shops or just wander around this picturesque village.

Travelling through County Wexford you’ll pass the maritime town of New Ross, perched on a steep hill overlooking the River Barrow. New Ross, one of the oldest towns in Wexford, has Viking origins and was the ancestral home of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Essential information

Essential information. There will be a total of 1 hour spent in Inistioge for refreshments and independent exploration.

Scenic Heritage Railway

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy a leisurely ride on a quaint heritage railway followed by a panoramic drive past rugged coastal scenery.

Travel through Waterford city and the county’s beautiful countryside to the lush green village of Kilmeaden. Kilmeaden Station, originally left derelict since 1967, was restored and then reopened in 2003. The station contains restored diesel engines and a Mark 2 railway carriage which serves as the ticket office and shop. As you sit back in the partially open wooden period carriage the guard will blow his whistle and wave his green flag to signify to the driver that all are onboard and your journey through the golden age of the Waterford & Suir Valley Heritage Railway can begin.

The heritage narrow gauge railway follows 5 miles of the abandoned Waterford - Dungarvan route, along the picturesque banks of the River Suir to Gracedieu Junction. Experience the beauty of the Suir Valley as you take in the panoramic views of the river, rolling farmland and mountains. This is an area rich in history and only accessible by train.

At the end of your return journey, you’ll disembark and rejoin your coach for a leisurely drive. As the road winds around the jagged cliff tops on its way back to your ship, you’ll pass beautiful, rugged coastline and pass through charming coastal villages including the popular Victorian seaside village of Tramore.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by train and coach. This tour involves limited walking; however passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach. There is a walk of approximately 50 yards to board the train. The train ride is approximately 30 minutes and is a return journey.

Waterford Crystal and Irish Coffee

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the art and skill involved in producing the elegant Waterford crystal before relaxing in a local pub with an Irish coffee.

Your journey to will take you on a short drive Waterford, where you’ll have an orientation of the city before visiting the famous House of Waterford Crystal.

Enjoy a guided tour, giving you first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. The new showrooms and exhibition will take you through a reconstruction of the production process, where you will be able to see every detail of crystal production and learn the history as the masters amaze you with the centuries-old art of glass-blowing, cutting, polishing and engraving. Nothing compares with the atmosphere of the blowing room, the heady mix of heat, noise and bustling activity makes this experience all the more breathtaking as you watch the meticulous and highly skilled craftsmen transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes right in front of your eyes.

Leading on from the exhibition room are the showrooms, where there will be the opportunity to browse the dazzling finished pieces and maybe treat yourself to a beautiful memento.

Following your visit, you’ll be taken to a local hotel or pub to sit back over a traditional Irish Coffee.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The guided tour involves 750 yards of walking over relatively flat ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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