at the heart of Ireland’s South East Regional Tourist Attractions
Waterford as a Cruise destination, offers visitors an option that no other Port in Ireland can. Visitors to Waterford and the Ireland’s South East can access the attractions of the region’s counties of Carlow, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
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Ireland’s Celtic, Christian, Viking, and Norman past can be experienced at the many heritage sites located in the South East:
The historic South East region is geographically compact and linked by five great river systems the region boasts a comprehensive range of attractions. The region is dotted with medieval castles and monasteries and offers an unrivalled visitor insight into this ancient and mysterious landscape.
There is something for everyone. Quaint and cosy pubs, interesting museums, gardens to delight the senses, scenery to take your breath away and a welcome to remember.
New attractions include Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City’s Historic Quarter and Wexford’s stunning Opera House, home to its prestigious Opera Festival.
The Medieval Capital of Ireland and now one of the most popular and bustling tourist centres in the country.
Kilkenny city and county can boast the following attractions: Kilkenny Castle & Design Centre, Rothe House, St Canice’s Cathedral the Walking Tour of Kilkenny, Duiske Abbey, Inistioge Village, Jerpoint Abbey and Woodstock Garden and Arboretum, St. Francis’ Abbey Brewery (Home of Smithwicks).
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Inistioge Village and Woodstock Gardens
An inspiring experience, tree-lined avenues, walled gardens, varied shrubs and flowers grace a truly beautiful elevated location overlooking the Nore Valley and Inistioge, the picturesque ‘film’ village.
See more at Inistioge - Visitor Information
Carlow has many listed river walks, including the National Way Marked Barrow Way. Carlow Garden Trail currently features 16 different gardening attractions including great old gardens like Altamont gardens and Huntington Castle garden.
See more at www.carlowtourism.com
This county’s name has featured in a famous soldiers marching song but it is also famous for distinctive set of landmarks include the mighty Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster and the magnificent 12th century Cahir Castle. Other heritage highlights include the Swiss Cottage in Cahir, the Ormond Castle in Carrick on Suir, the Main Guard in Clonmel and Fethard Medieval walled town.
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Waterford City’s Historic Quarter also known as the Viking Triangle is an area bordered by the River Suir and the Mall. Here are located buildings spanning 1,000 years of Waterford history –
If your time is limited, then why not enjoy a guided tour which will give you an insight into local history, culture and legends.
Revealing the story of Waterford from 1700 to 1970's, the Palace contains many items of historical significance, including the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross' in the world (made following Napoleon Bonaparte's death).The Museum of Treasures is now supplemented by the new Medieval Museum nearby. It houses many important artefacts of the time, and recounts the historical links between Waterford and English crown.
See more at www.waterfordtreasures.com
One can marvel at master craftsmen transforming molten glass into works of art. This can be accommodated on a variety of stimulating half day or full day excursions while still leaving time for passengers to choose additional shore excursions.
World class gardens on its doorstep - Mount Congreve and Curraghmore House, to name but two are part of the Waterford Garden Trail.
Designated as a “great garden of the world”, Mount Congreve Garden represents gardening on a very grand scale indeed. In late spring and early summer the 100-acre demesne, one of the largest rhododendron collections in the world, reaches its peak.
The entire collection, the culmination of Ambrose Congreve’s lifetime passion, consists of over 3000 different trees and shrubs, Rhododendrons, Camellias, Acer cultivars, Conifers, Climbers and herbaceous plants.
See more at www.mountcongreve.com
Curraghmore House consists of some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland.
Group tours of Curraghmore House, Shell house and gardens can be arranged by prior appointment. The full tour lasting approximately 90 minutes takes in some of the finest neo-classical rooms in Ireland.
See more at www.curraghmorehouse.ie