Reginald's Tower has been standing on Waterford Quay, in the centre of Waterford City, for nine hundred years. An impressive circular tower, it formed a key part of the city's defences when it was built in the early 13th century, and was added to in the 15th century. The tower retains its original, narrow spiral staircase, which may be difficult for some visitors to ascend if they have mobility problems. Kids, however, typically enjoy climbing the steps. Once at the top, the tower boasts great views over the town of Waterford. Medieval jewellery, pottery and other artefacts can be seen in exhibits inside the building. Tours are usually self-guided, although guided tours can be arranged by calling in advanced.
This video is very grainy but it gives an idea of what to expect inside the tower
The oldest urban civic building in the country, Reginald's tower has had various uses over the years including:
- A mint
- A prison
- A military store
It has been restored and now houses an audio-visual exhibition. Allow around 40 minutes to 1 hour for the tour.
January to Early March
- Wednesday - Sunday - 9.30 - 17.00
Late March - Mid December
- Daily - 9.30 - 17.30
Christmas / New Year (24th December through 6th January) Closed Last admissions 30 mins before closing
- Adult: €4.00 Seniors / Group: €3.00 Child/Student: €2.00 Family: €10.00
Reginald's Tower. Image by master phillip.