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Waterford Travel Guide, Ireland

Waterford, Ireland - Overview

Blessed with a glaring coastline, the county of Waterford was established back in 914 AD. The county attracts a lot of tourist is also due to the fact that is the oldest city in Ireland. This is also interesting to note that Waterford is the largest city that has retained its Viking-derived name, Vedrarfjord, even to this day.

The coastline of Waterford is not the sole reason to visit here. Travelers to Ireland have a number of other reasons to count. The city of Waterford also features picturesque rive valleys and spectacular mountain ranges. A treat for all eyes indeed! The River Suir criss crosses the city adding much to the charm of Waterford. The river has also largely contributed to the maritime history of the city. Waterford Port is an ancient port in Waterford. During the 19th century, the city became much popular for its shipbuilding industry.

Popularly known the world over as the ‘Crystal County’, Waterford is the place from where originates the Waterford Crystal, a lifestyle product displaying keen workmanship. The glass making industry of the city has proved to be a legacy. It is since 1783 that glass has been manufactured here.

A visit to the city of Waterford brings back the memory of Viking times. In the 15th century, an outer wall was erected on the west side of the city. Even today, Waterford has managed to retain much of its city walls. Waterford’s city walls have proved to be a major draw for travelers from all across the world. Once tourists enter the city, they can easily begin on a tour of these old-time walls that seem to echo the glory of the bygone days.

Driving in the scenic county of Waterford has its own pleasure. In fact, you will always feel the need to undertake short drives to soak up the scenery that Waterford features. Mountain ranges, cliffs, bays and pre-historic sites in the city offer great opportunities for exploration. Activities like horse riding, golfing, walking and angling are also fine options to keep oneself merrily occupied. And there’s much more!

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