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Nestled in the southeast corner of Ireland, County Waterford combines low farmland and sandy coastlines with the more rugged landscape typical of County Cork. The town itself is an ancient Viking settlement whose roots go back to the 8th-century when a group of Vikings settled at a riverside location they named Vadrafjord. The deep inlet provided a convenient waterway for their sturdy longships, encouraging the building of an independent fortified city, which in time became a booming trading post. Waterford port is a popular port of call for many cruise ships. The world famous and exquisite Waterford hand-cut crystal has been produced here since 1782.
In 1170, an Irish Viking army sallied forth to defend its town against the invading Anglo-Normans but was roundly defeated. Henry II of England visited Vadrafjord in 1171 and declared it a royal city, which it remained for almost 500 years.
In 1649, the town defied Cromwell but eventually succumbed. It went into a decline as Catholics were either exiled to the west of the country, "to Hell or to Connacht," or were shipped as slaves to the Caribbean. Waterford cruise port is situated on the River Suir, 14 miles from the open sea. This major Irish port is strategically located in relation to Ireland’s main markets in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.  Waterford is the oldest city of Ireland.
Even today there is a medieval feel about Waterford with its ancient fortifications, 18th-century cathedrals and fine Georgian houses, particularly around The Mall, George's Street and O'Connell Street. And while the town is charming in its own right, it regained world recognition with the 1951 reopening of the crystal factory, offering once again the famous exquisite glassware that bears the town's name.
Pier Information
The ship is scheduled to dock at Belview. It is an approximate 10-minute drive to the center of town. Taxis are by request at the pier. If you are coming right up the river in to Waterford City itself,sometimes the ships dock in Belview Port & in that case  there will be shuttle buses & taxis arranged to either go in to the city or to take you off on arranged trips.
If the ship docks in Dunmore East you will be brought to shore by tender & there are usually lots of taxis waiting on the harbour for passengers.Otherwise in Dunmore East we have a very good bus service that will suit your requirements. It is most likely that the cruise ship will be at Dunmore East, which is a small fishing village on the river estuary. There is a bus to Waterford www.suirway.com/timetables-dunmore.html this is the timetable (scroll down to the second one for the summer) -- it is less than half an hour. If you get a taxi it will cost you around €30 into Waterford (thats a guess but its approximately right).
Sometimes cruise ships come right up the river, depending on size and tide I think, in which case they dock right in the centre of the city, across the road from the shops.

Going Ashore in Waterford and Things to See
To see how the Waterford glass is made, visit the Waterford Complex, where you get to see the master craftsmen demonstrate the fascinating techniques of glass blowing, cutting, polishing, and engraving. The Waterford Crystal Gallery has a stunning display of their latest products and shopping facilities. At the Waterford riverside granary is Treasures, which exhibits many rare and beautiful artifacts—a testimony to the 1000 years of Ireland’s past.
The three-masted famine ship Dunbrody, which represents the 19th century Irish mass emigration, has been reconstructed and exhibited at New Ross walk. Visit the Heritage Town of Lismore, its stately castle built in 1185 and the surrounding woodlands and gardens. The Rock of Cashel and the medieval city of Kilkenny are also very popular with the tourists. Duncannon is an imposing fort built in 1588. Reginald’s Tower is a circular tower, which was part of the town’s defenses, built at the start of the 13th century. It is used as a mint, prison, and military store. Some of the other attractions include the Black friars Priory, Christ Church Cathedral, Cromwell’s Rock, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, Court House, and St. Patrick’s Church.
French Church
The ruins of this church are part of a Dominican monastery built in 1240 AD and given to Huguenot refugees in the 17th-century.
Theater Royal and City Hall
These buildings are considered architectural masterpieces by John Roberts.
House of Waterford Crystal
Visit the home of the world-renowned glassware manufacturers. View the process that began in 1783, enjoy a demonstration of all phases of production and purchase exquisite pieces in the retail shop.
Kilkenny Castle
Set against breathtaking park-like grounds, this magnificent gray stone castle dates back to the 13th century. A tour of the interior reveals period rooms with antique furnishings and family heirlooms.
Jerpoint Abbey
Founded in the 12th century, this Cistercian monastery located on the banks of the River Arrigle is a well-preserved ancient ruin that provides an extraordinarily accurate picture of monastic life.
Waterford Museum of Treasures:
The Bishop's PalaceThe Bishop's Palace charts the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970. Visitors to the Bishop's Palace will see the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world - a decanter made in the 1780's
Reginald's Tower
The Vikings originally erected this famous historic landmark, a dramatic circular tower in the 11th century. Renovated in the 15th century by the Normans, the iconic building also houses a museum.
Other Sights
Take a walking tour of Historic Waterford, a worthwhile way to get an understanding of Waterford's complex history.
Eating Out
Pubs serve a wide range of seafood and steaks, and are a good choice to experience great Irish charm. International cuisine is also available. An Bialann” is the place from where you can taste the roast sirloin of beef and roast half duck. The Bridgie Terries is famous for its Indian menu. The Cove Bar in the Dunmore East Road and Haughton’s Pub at Kilmeaden are the most popular bars frequented by the locals.

Chez K's Steak & Seafood Restaurant Lombard St. Waterford. Tel: 051 844180  Email: muldoons@iol.ie Website: www.muldoons.ie French style restaurant situated in the centre of Waterford city. Waterford's only open plan Steak and Seafood Restaurant. Watch your food being cooked and choose your steak and seafood at our chilled display. Truly an experience not ot be missed.
Gino'sThe Applemarket, Waterford. Tel/Fax: (051) 879513 Family restaurant offering delicious pizzas and home made ice cream. Good food, friendly, efficient service and reasonable prices. (Wine Licence; Cash/Cheques/Credit Cards Accepted)
Cheekpoint McAlpin's Suir Inn -- McAlpins Suir InnCheekpoint, East Waterford. Tel (051) 382220
Email: frances@mcalpins.com Website: www.mcalpins.com
A 16th century riverside inn, located seven miles down river from Waterford in the picturesque village of Cheekpoint. Renowned for seafood, McAlpin's has a reputation of providing wholesome hearty food at extremely competitive prices. The wholesome, hearty food, oIde world atmosphere and scenic harbour location can be enjoyed in equal measure. Egon Ronay, Bridgestone Guide, Les Routiers, Travellers Ft Diners Guide recommended. Dinner is served 18.00-21.45.
Waterford has a good selection of interesting little craft stores, plus three multilevel enclosed shopping centers: George's Court, off Barronstrand Street, Broad Street Centre, on Broad Street, and City Square, off Broad Street. Hours are usually Monday to Saturday from 9 or 9:30am to 6 or 6:30pm. Some shops are open until 9pm on Thursday and Friday.
Waterford Crystal: A New Era Begins
In 2009, the global recession claimed its most famous Irish victim to date when the Waterford Crystal Factory in Waterford City closed after more than 2 centuries. It had long been the county's top visitor attraction, and the fourth-most-popular tourist site in the country, so its closure came as a huge blow.
However, as the old saying goes "from the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success," and in 2010 the crystal company found new owners, who promptly began work on a new visitor center.

The most famous buy here is no doubt the world-renowned Waterford Crystal, which can be purchased at the factory itself or at shops in town. The cost of crystal is standard throughout Ireland and it is no cheaper to shop at the factory itself. Waterford Crystal does not sell imperfect items. The major shopping areas in Waterford are the Quay, Broadstreet and Barronstrand Street. The local currency is the euro.
Dungarvan shopping Centre is a climate-controlled mall where you can shop for a variety of goods from high fashion to local crafts. If you are an organic and health food lover, the Blasta Whole Foods is the place for you. A whole range of unusual ingredients are available here, in addition to foods to cater to all sorts of dietary needs. For the book lovers, the Eason‘s Bookshop will be a pleasure to visit, with its range of books, magazines, and greeting cards. The Dungarvan Farmer’s Market, which sells a great variety of local goods, is held in the Square every Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. To have unrivalled ice creams that are free from preservatives and additives, visit Baldwin’s Farmhouse Ice Cream. Do not forget to buy Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese, which is the finest in the world. From Triskell Stain Glass Design, you can buy both mythical-themed and modern glass panels. The Ardmore Pottery and Craft Gallery, situated in the village of Ardmore, has an amazing array of Irish craft work. The world-famous handcrafted Waterford cut glass products are a must buy.

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