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Waterford Treasures Exhibition

Located in the Granary on Merchant’s Quay, this exhibition centre presents a chronicle of Irish history via audiovisual presentations for its visitors, who travel three floors using a glass lift. The top floor displays information about the Viking, Anglo Norman and medieval periods, while the second floor spans the time period from the 19th century to the present. Exhibits include intriguing historical items such as a flute that probably belonged to a Viking in around 1150, fashioned from a goose or swan neck bone.

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The Waterford Crystal Factory

A showcase for the most well-known product of the area, Waterford Crystal, the factory was founded in 1783. It produced its most acclaimed work in the late 18th and early 19th centuries while provided ornate, heirloom quality pieces for English nobility as well as functional pieces for everyday use. The factory closed in 1851 due to the famine, and was reopened in 1947. Today, it is a world-class operation that employs many area residents.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford City

This 18th century cathedral in Waterford City is considered one of Ireland’s finest neoclassical Georgian structures. The current building replaced the original Neo Gothic cathedral built by Bishop Cheneix. Some of its most appealing features include Corinthian columns and the elegant yellow paint color, trimmed in white with intricate floral and laurel designs. The cathedral’s windows are made of clear glass only, as the bishop at the time of construction was not fond of the traditional stained glass.

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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Waterford City

This Roman Catholic house of worship was designed and built during the late 18th century, a particularly difficult and turbulent period for the religion in Irish history. It is widely known as the oldest Roman Catholic Cathedral in Ireland and the only one that is decidedly Baroque in style. It is an elegant and ornate structure, complete with vaulted ceilings, ornamental pillars, and the added embellishment of authentic Waterford Crystal chandeliers.

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Lismore Castle

On a cliff near the Blackwater river, rises the ancient, charming and impressive Lismore castle, one of Ireland’s finest, and home over the years to many famous dwellers. The castle has a splendid view of the Blackwater Valley and the Knockmealdown Mountains, and is less than a kilometre from the Heritage Town of Lismore, County Waterford. The castle is privately owned and is generally not open to the public -- except for groups willing to rent it for short vacation stays, for an eye-watering sum (tens of thousands of euros).

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Mount Melleray Abbey

 When a group of Cistercian monks were expelled from France in the early 1800s, they travelled to this barren wilderness at the foot of the Knockmealdown mountains in County Waterford, and built Ireland’s first post-reformation monastery. Over the years, they transformed the rough and rocky landscape into one of abundant farmlands. They erected an impressive abbey, replete with stone church and several outbuildings. These days, the monks practice a way of life that is rare on our planet – focusing on quiet prayer, worship, and work in the service of their community.

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Dungarvan

Where the Colligan River flows into the ocean, you’ll find Dungarvan, a picturesque small city set along a natural harbour. This market town is a centre of local activity, rich in history and culture. It is a popular base for those who wish to explore southeastern Ireland, with a wide variety of pleasant accommodations and easy access to Waterford city. Dungarvan offers its visitors all the needed amenities, along with the opportunity to be a part of authentic Irish life without an excessively “touristy” atmosphere.

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Lismore Heritage Centre

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Curraghmore House and Gardens

Near the village of Portlaw in County Waterford, the beautiful Curraghmore House was one of four Irish castles built by the Cambro-Norman De la Poer family in 1170. It remains the private home of the De la Poer Beresford family, which holds the title "Marquess of Waterford" in the British peerage system. In February 2015, John Beresford (Lord Wateford) died, and the title passed to his son, Henry Nicholas, who is now the 9th Marquis of Waterford. Curraghmore house is located about 26km / 20 miles from Waterford city.

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Passage East

Passage East is a small, scenic fishing village, centred around two interlinking open squares. Situated in a pretty valley, with steep, sloping hills, the village looks out into the estuary of two rivers - the Barrow and the Suir. Located 12km / 7.5 miles from Waterford City, Passage East owes its name to its ancient and ongoing role as a ferry port that links to Ballyhack, County Wexford, on the eastern site of the estuary. The village has three main quays: Boathouse Quay Hackett's Quay and Middle Quay.

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