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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 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…
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 Crystal 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 Market in Waterford City

Saturday Market

An excellent market featuring many prepared foods. Watch for the irresistible baked goods by Mary Doherty of Granny Maddock's Pantry.
Top Choice Bistro in Waterford City


This buzzing new bistro is so popular that you might struggle to find a table. The big draw is freshly made, flavoursome food based on quality local produce, with a menu that takes in braised lamb shanks, Asian barb…
Cathedral in Waterford City

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral is Ireland's only neoclassical Georgian cathedral. Designed by local architect John Roberts, it was built on the site of an 11th-century Viking church, also the site where the 12th-century ma…
Cathedral in Waterford City

Holy Trinity Cathedral

The sumptuous interior of the city's Roman Catholic cathedral boasts a carved-oak baroque pulpit, painted pillars with Corinthian capitals and 10 Waterford crystal chandeliers. It was built between 1792 and 1796 by …
Books in Waterford City

Waterford Book Centre

Three floors of books – with an excellent selection of Irish classics – and a cafe.
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…