County Waterford

Waterford’s name comes from the old Norse word ‘Veðrafjǫrðr’ meaning ‘fjord of the castrated ram’! It’s original Irish name was Port Láirge, meaning “Lárag’s port”. The county is colloquially known as ‘The Déise’ (pronounced ‘day-sha’) after a Gaelic tribe known as the Déisi who settled here after they were driven out of north Leinster between the 4th and 8th centuries a.d.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Waterford

One of Ireland’s finest portal tombs with 2 capstones still intact

Knockeen Portal Tomb, Knockeen. County Waterford     c. 4000 – 3000 b. c The Knockeen Dolmen is one of Ireland’s finest portal tombs. It stands 13 feet high in the middle of a hedgerow bordering 2 fields. [...]

A 6000 year old stunner & The Hill of the Hag

Gaulstown Dolmen, Gaulstown. County Waterford   c. 4000 - 3500 b. c. This national monument is The Gaulstown Dolmen. It is located in south county Waterford and dates to c.4000 – 3500 b.c. It is regarded [...]

One of Waterford’s most famous landmarks with great timing

The Clock Tower is located on Waterford Quays in Waterford City. It was built in 1863 when Waterford was Ireland's busiest industrial port. It had the largest ship building yards in the country (before being [...]

Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and the only building to incorporate two medieval chambers

The Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City     2013 This stunning new museum brings Waterford’s fascinating history to life and is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum. It is also the only building on the island to incorporate [...]

One of Ireland’s most exquisite Georgian staircases

Port of Waterford Company Building is located in Waterford City. It was built in 1790 for the Morris family of Rossduff to the designs of Waterford's famous Georgian architect John Roberts. It contains one of [...]

One of the finest early Georgian houses in Ireland containing the oldest piece of Waterford Glass

The Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City was built in 1741 to the designs of the famous architect Richard Cassells (Cassells other works include Westport House, Powercourt House and Russborough House). This was the site of [...]

Waterford’s oldest pub and one of Ireland’s most famous music bars

T & H Doolan's Pub is located in George's Street in Waterford City. It was established in 1710 and is Waterford’s Oldest Tavern. The wall in the lounge is actually much older being part of [...]

Ireland’s oldest civic building & The location of the most infamous marriage in Irish history

Reginald's Tower, Waterford City. County Waterford   1171 Waterford is Ireland's oldest city and for many years it's second city after Dublin. Reginald's Tower is its most distinctive building and is classified as a national monument. [...]

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