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.