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Waterford, Ireland

Famed for its hand-cut crystal, Waterford is a city rich in history. Settled by successive waves of Celts, Vikings and Normans, Waterford and the surrounding countryside of County Kilkenny boast a wealth of elegant Georgian houses, thatched cottages, Viking towers, prehistoric barrows and ruined castles. This picturesque corner of Ireland is a land of rich farms, romantic glens and quaint villages.

The town of Waterford was originally established as a Viking settlement in the 9th-century. The city is home to Ireland's oldest civic, urban structure in Ireland, Reginald's Tower and one of the most elegant Georgian buildings in the entire British Isles. Above all, the city is famed for the crystal that bears its name. A visit to the House of Waterford Crystal is a must for any visitor.

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  • House of Waterford Crystal House of Waterford Crystal

    Visit the home of the world-renowned glassware manufacturers. View the process that began in 1783, enjoy a demonstration of all phases of production and purchase exquisite pieces in the retail shop.

  • Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle

    Set against breathtaking park-like grounds, this magnificent gray stone castle dates back to the 13th century. A tour of the interior reveals period rooms with antique furnishings and family heirlooms.

  • Jerpoint Abbey Jerpoint Abbey

    Founded in the 12th century, this Cistercian monastery located on the banks of the River Arrigle is a well-preserved ancient ruin that provides an extraordinarily accurate picture of monastic life.

  • Waterford Museum of Treasures: The Bishop's Palace Waterford Museum of Treasures: The Bishop's Palace

    The Bishop's Palace charts the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970. Visitors to the Bishop's Palace will see the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world - a decanter made in the 1780's.

  • Reginald's Tower Reginald's Tower

    The Vikings originally erected this famous historic landmark, a dramatic circular tower in the 11th century. Renovated in the 15th century by the Normans, the iconic building also houses a museum.

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