What's on in Waterford City


Waterford City, capital of Ireland’s Sunny South East region, is also Ireland’s oldest city. Founded in 914 AD by the Vikings, it is Ireland’s oldest city and its fifth largest.


Today, Waterford is synonymous with Waterford Crystal the world over, a legacy of one of the city's most successful and enduring industries, glass making. Glass, or crystal, has been manufactured in the city since 1783.


The Anchorage Guest House, situated on The Quay, overlooking the river Suir, in Waterford City Centre, is the ideal base for your break in the South East of Ireland. Waterford City is on our doorstep whilst beaches, mountains and stunning coastal scenery are all only a short drive away.


Waterford City Attractions:

Waterford City has a treasure trove of attractions for visitors to our city. Here are just a few of the sights within a few minutes walk from The Anchorage Guest House:


Reginalds Tower

Reginald's Tower is the oldest civic structure in Ireland. It was in this tower that Strongbow, the leader of the Anglo-Norman invasion force, met Aoife, the daughter of Dermot McMurrough, King of Leinster. Their marriage was to change the course of Irish history forever. Reginalds Tower is well worth a visit. Guided tours are conducted daily.


Waterford Museum of Treasures: www.waterfordtreasures.ie

The museum houses a unique exhibition that, using a superb collection of historic and archaeological artefacts, tells the 1000-year-story of Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, from Viking times through medieval times to the present.


Christ Church Cathedral: www.christchurchwaterford.com

Christ Church Cathedral has been at the heart of Waterford City since the 10th Century when the Vikings built the first Church on the site. The restored and refurbished cathedral is a magnificent 18th Century building designed by John Roberts.


Theatre and The Arts:

Waterford City has a very vibrant theatre and arts scene. We are lucky enough to have two top class theatres, Garter Lane Arts Centre and The Theatre Royal, both of which have recently undergone extensive renovations. Each of these two theatres stages a full calendar of world class productions from local and visiting theatre companies.

Further information can be had from www.garterlane.ie


Restaurants and Nightlife:

No matter what the reason for your visit to Waterford, whether business or pleasure, you can avail yourself of the amazing range of nightlife which the city offers.

In Waterford you can sate your appetite in any of the many quality restaurants offering a variety of cuisines from Irish, French or Continental to Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese or Thai.

Afterwards you can experience the friendly atmosphere in our local pubs and bars. Waterford has bars to suit all tastes: locals for a pint and chat, traditional bars with Folk and Irish music seven nights a week or modern music bars with rock, disco or alternative music scenes.

After the pub, if you’re still not ready to turn in, you can hit any one (or all!) of the four or five nightclubs in the John’s Street area of town, just a short walk from The Anchorage Guest House.

We at The Anchorage will be pleased to advise on any of the above options. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice on anything related to your stay in Waterford.


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