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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…
Top Choice Pub Food in Ring Peninsula

Marine Bar

Sure, there's good traditional food at this two-centuries-old pub, but the real reason to stop by is the craic. Year-round, traditional sessions rock the place on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays (nightly except Wedne…
Top Choice French in Waterford City

La Bohème

This dress-for-dinner kind of place combines French flair with fresh Irish produce. Set in the kitchen basement of a Georgian town house, the dining rooms are intimate spaces with barrel vault roofs and arches; the …
Top Choice Cafe in Dungarvan

Meades

Enjoying an ace position on the town’s main square, this cafe has a cheerful vibe with a kids' corner, sofas to lounge on, papers to read and a menu of scrumptious baked goods, as well as savoury tartlets, home-made…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Dungarvan

Tannery

An old tannery building houses this innovative and much-lauded restaurant, where Paul Flynn creates seasonally changing dishes that focus on just a few flavours and celebrates them through preparations that are at o…
Top Choice Irish in Dunmore East

Lemon Tree Cafe

Come here for organic coffees, delectable baked goods and a deli counter (and freezer) with takeaway dishes ranging from nut and lentil loaf to seafood pie. There's plenty of seating, inside and out, and a menu of d…
Top Choice Pub in Waterford City

Henry Downes Bar

For a change from stout, drop into Downes', which has been blending its own No 9 Irish whiskey for over two centuries. Have a dram in one of a series of character-filled rooms, or buy a bottle to take away (€45). Th…