A rainy day in Waterford

A rainy day in Waterford plays to the city’s strengths. The Viking capital of Ireland is a nice enough city but one that can be comprehensively explored on foot in less than an hour.

Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and its 1000 year history is considerately doled up into three chronologically ordered museums, in three historical locations within easy walking distance of each other. Admission to this trio of learning can be bought on a combination basis or separately. Reginald’s Tower houses a considerable Viking horde, with a huge historical cache Waterford Museum of Treasures is the place to be for the Medieval period and then the Bishop’s Palace is for the 18th century to the present. With its atmospheric medieval vaults and an impressive collection of religious vestements the Waterford Museum of Treasures is a personal favourite. The Bishop's Palace is probably the one to miss as it is really just a collection of stuff that can easily be walked past.

The coachloads of blue-rinse tourists and shop-cum-waiting room selling glassware way beyond the budgets of sensible people does not give the best first impression of the House of Waterford Crystal. However, the walk-through working factory tour is a very pleasant surprise. It gives you a really interesting look into the extremes and intricacies involved in making this expensive glassware as the skilled craftsmen work away before your very eyes. An intriguing interesting 50 minute filler.

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