It’s finally time to start planning this year’s staycation! When you’re planning a trip within Ireland, what’s most important to you? Do you lean toward an outdoor adventure or a place with excellent local history? Are you more interested in a shopping spree or a night on the tiles? Lucky for you, a visit to Waterford has something for everyone from romantic breaks to family trips. Start planning your trip to Waterford by booking a stay in the affordable, comfortable Viking Hotel, located on the edge of the city.
Here are some of the excellent staycation activities in Waterford that you can look forward to this Summer
1. EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
A visit to the Deise is so much more than the buzzing city centre. There are many naturally beautiful places to explore during your trip. Visit some of the gorgeous coastline and spend some time on some of Irelands most popular beaches like Tramore and Dunmore East. Pack a picnic and enjoy a romantic or a family walk on the beach, admiring the views across the Irish Sea. There are fabulous trails with walks and hikes suitable for all ages and abilities in the surrounding area and when you return to the city, you’ll really appreciate the fantastic restaurants, coffee shops and cafes.
2. WATERFORD GREENWAY
Waterford Greenway is a highlight of Irelands Ancient East. The 46km stretch contains some of the most notable and beautiful sights in the county and can be walked or cycled. The greenway is broken into shorter segments to suit every fitness level and you can always stop in some of the towns and villages along the way to refresh and refuel.
Highlights of the greenway include the Old Red Iron Bridge, Kilmeaden Castle, Waterford & Suir Valley Heritage Railway and the Durrow Viaduct.
Don’t worry about bringing your bike with you; there are many bike hire shops in the city. If you would prefer to bring your own, we have a secure bike storage facility In the hotel.
3. HERITAGE SITES IN WATERFORD CITY
Did you know that Waterford is Irelands Oldest City? With such a long history behind us, we naturally have some of the most impressive heritage sites in the country for guests to enjoy. Learn more about the world-famous Waterford Crystal when you take the factory tour, seeing the fascinating glass blowing process for yourself or admiring the beautiful displays.
Afterwards, cross the road to explore the Viking Triangle and visit three of our most notable buildings, Reginald’s Tower, Bishops Palace and The Medieval Museum. Learn more about the Viking roots of Waterford and how it helped to shape the city we are today.
Another fascinating stop on your tour should be one of our newest museum additions, the Silver Museum. This museum is located in the Deanery in Cathedral Square and is the only dedicated silver museum in Ireland.
4. SHOPPING & LEISURE IN WATERFORD
Waterford is a shoppers paradise, especially if you love vintage, locally made and unusual pieces. You’ll find many high street favourites in Waterford, including Tommy Hilfiger and Penneys but you’ll also find more unusual shops. We have a lot of vintage, second hand and antique shops selling everything from clothes and shoes to books and trinkets. Make time to drop into The Vintage Factory and Narnia Vintage Emporium.
The town is a treasure trove of locally produced goods too, with many shops buying from local suppliers or producing their own ranges.
5. DINING & DRINKING IN WATERFORD
After a long day of exploring the city or the wider county, you’ll need to unwind with dinner and drinks. Waterford City is packed with excellent bars, pubs and restaurants, ideal to sample some famous Irish cuisine. It’s not all meat & potatoes however, the city has a plethora of international cuisines from Italian to Indian.
If you want to relax in your home from home, our in-house restaurant The Wooden Pestle, serves a great variety of delicious dishes and our chef is happy to cater to your dietary requirements with a little prior notice. We serve food all day, from a filling Full Irish Breakfast, filling sandwiches or light snacks at lunchtime and freshly prepared dinners all served in our newly refurbished restaurant.
Stick around after dinner for a nightcap or a catch up with friends in our fully stocked bar. If you want to venture further, the city is full of excellent bars and pubs, many of whom have live music at the weekends. You are guaranteed a unique Waterford welcome from the friendly locals.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for Viking Hotel Waterford, a modern hotel located 4km from the historic Waterford city, the oldest city in Ireland. Aside from traveling itself, this lady also enjoys writing friendly tips and tricks about travel, food, and lifestyle.