Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Ardmore

St Declan's Monastery

The ruins of Ireland's oldest Christian settlement occupy a striking setting on a hill above the town, strewn with gravestones both ancient and new. The most prominent landmark is the 30m-high round tower, one of th…
Top Choice Museum in Waterford City

Medieval Museum

Housed in a stunning modern building which incorporates several medieval buildings and part of the city wall in its basement (all on display), this museum documents Waterford's medieval history in glowing detail. Th…
Top Choice Factory in Waterford City

House of Waterford Crystal

This large modern complex combines a retail shop and cafe with a factory offering a tour that shows how world-famous Waterford crystal is produced. The highlight is the blowing room where you can watch skilled artis…
Top Choice Castle in Lismore

Lismore Castle Gardens

Although Lismore Castle itself is not open to the public, the 3 hectares of ornate and manicured gardens are well worth a visit. Thought to be the oldest landscaped gardens in Ireland, they are divided into the wall…
Nature Reserve in The Copper Coast

Copper Coast European Geopark

This 20km stretch of rugged coastline, centred on the village of Bunmahon, takes its name from the copper-mining industry that flourished here in the 19th century. You'll find a Geological Garden on the eastern edge…
Cathedral in Lismore

St Carthage's Cathedral

'One of the neatest and prettiest edifices I have seen', commented William Thackeray in 1842 after visiting Lismore's 17th-century cathedral. And that was before the addition of the Edward Burne-Jones stained-glass …
Monastery in Cappoquin

Mt Melleray Cistercian Abbey

The beautiful Mt Melleray Cistercian Abbey is a fully functioning monastery with 28 Trappist monks, but welcomes visitors wishing ‘to take time for quiet contemplation’. The abbey was founded in 1832 by 64 monks who…
Museum in Waterford City

Reginald's Tower

The oldest complete building in Ireland and the first to use mortar, 13th-century Reginald's Tower is an outstanding example of medieval architecture. The city's key fortification, its 3m- to 4m-thick walls were bui…
Historic Building in County Waterford

Curraghmore Estate

The 1000-hectare Curraghmore Estate has belonged to the family of Lord and Lady Waterford since the 12th century. Its lavish gardens incorporate the whimsical shell house built by Catherine Countess of Tyrone in 175…
Historic Building in Cappoquin

Dromana Gate

The Dromana Drive from Cappoquin to Villierstown, 9km to the south, follows the Blackwater valley through the Dromana Estate. At a bridge over the River Finisk stands this remarkable Hindu-Gothic gate, inspired by t…