Waterford is a city in the South East of Ireland with a total of almost 50,000 inhabitants. Located in close proximity to the River Suir, this relaxed city is renowned for its crystal production and fascinating history. While Waterford is distinctly more subdued than many other Irish cities, it still has plenty to offer including a range of cultural and historical attractions, restaurants and pubs. The weather in Waterford is typical of that elsewhere in Ireland. Summer temperatures are pleasant, generally sitting at around 20 degrees. The winter months, on the other hand, are significantly cooler and rainfall is commonplace, so don’t forget to pack your umbrella and raincoat! Wind coming in from the Irish Sea can be a problem, too.
Given the Waterford’s relatively small size, walking around the city is the best way to see the city’s main attractions. For those who prefer to have access to their own vehicle however, an economy vehicle will do just the trick.
Driving in Waterford
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Important things to note
The majority of the centre of Waterford is pedestrianized, therefore drivers are advised to park their vehicles
Waterford is situated within close proximity to some of Ireland’s main motorways, namely the N24, N25, M9, making travelling to and from the city relatively straightforward.
If trying to reach Waterford Train Station, you must cross Bridge Street over the river. The bridge can be susceptible to heavy traffic on weekdays.
Highlights & Hotspots
A visit to the city’s cathedral is highly recommended when visiting Waterford. Located right in the heart of the city, the cathedral is easily accessible and serves as a fine example of Georgian architecture. Visitors can marvel at its intricate stained glass windows and ornate ceilings or simply enjoy a moment of quiet reflection after a busy day exploring the city.
Waterford is also home to one of Ireland’s oldest theatres; the Theatre Royal. Offering a generous selection of shows, this charming theatre boasts modern facilities yet has successfully managed to maintain its old charm. An early evening meal followed by one of the theatre’s highly acclaimed shows is an experience not be missed.
For the more adventurous ones amongst you, ‘Pure Adventure’ offers trips to Waterford’s neighbouring countryside to partake in water sports activities such as canoeing and kayaking. With a wide range of tours led by experienced local instructors, the company caters for all ages and abilities.
Waterford is airport is located a mere 10km (six miles) away from the city centre, offering flights to the UK and a handful of other European destinations including Amsterdam and Bordeaux.
The airport is easily accessible by car via the R708. This road will take you northwards towards the town centre and, eventually, to the N25 ring road and M9 motorway heading further north towards Greater Dublin.