Waterford Crystal is a famous export of this city. Glass is hand blown and hand cut in the Waterford Crystal factory situated about 10 minutes from the centre of the City. The factory tour is well worth it if you have an hour to spare. See the master craftsmen at work on one of the factory tours. Many famous designers have contributed to the collections ranging from glass tumblers to chandeliers. Tours of the factory run every 15-20 minutes.
From the Waterford Crystal tour
Discover the Viking and Norman heritage of the city on one of the walking tours including a visit to the famous Reginald's Tower and the ancient city walls.
The waterford Treasures museum located on the quay holds thousands of artefacts from archaelogical digs that have uncovered Waterford's rich heritage and tell the story of one of Ireland's oldest cities.
Waterford has a vibrant nightlife boasting many fine pubs, nightclubs and music venues. Around The Applemarket and John st. is where most of the nightlife is to be found.
International DJ's and bands regularly play inTen on John st.
The Forum in the Glen and The Bowery beside Reginald's Tower hold regular electro and indie club nights. The Forum also regualarly holds many live acts, theatre productions and plays.
Oxegen and Ruby's are two night clubs situated on the corner of Parnell st. and John st. these play the usuall nightclub music and are populated by the younger mainly student crowd.
The Comeragh Mountains are one of Ireland's best kept secrets. Here you will find hill walks of all kinds with spectacular views, hidden lakes, pretty valleys, wild waterfalls and rocky crags. Some of the larger tracks are suitable for mountain biking. Powers the Pot camp site high in the Comeragh Mountains is good for camping or caravanning. They also do wonderful home cooked meals in their little bar.
Dunmore East is a working fishing village about 10 miles from Waterford City. With views across to Hook head, the scenery can be breathtaking. Dunmore East was recently (2005) home to one of the main events of the 2005 Tall Ships Race. The start of the race was hosted by Waterford City, with the bay around Dunmore East holding over 50 antique tall ships. Well worth a visit to anyone who goes to the south-east of Ireland.
The coast of Waterford is scenic and varied and is still very unspoiled. There are cliffs, sandy beaches and sea-caves. The stretch between the towns of Tramore and Dungarvan is called the Copper Coast. See the Copper Coast geopark website at .
Tramore, Clonea and Armore are known for their fine, long sandy beaches.