WATERFORD – IRELAND’S OLDEST CITY
Waterford City is famous for its Viking Triangle, the Medieval Museum, Reginald’s Tower, Bishop’s Palace Museum and of course The House of Waterford Crystal. These are all ideal tourist attractions that you can visit on foot either on your own or in an organised city-tours.
But….Waterford has so much more to offer, so much more history and all within easy reach on a bicycle. Enjoy an easy cycle. You set the pace, relax and discover the OTHER hidden treasures that Waterford has to offer. The Tour will take in the following attractions, plus alot more…..
THE PEOPLE’S PARK
The People’s Park, located at the junction of William Street and the Park Road, offers a restful haven from the busy life of the city.
This 19th century park has leisurely paths to walk, relaxing seating areas and plenty of green in which to wander. The children’s playground is very popular all year round. There is also a café, a skatepark and toilet facilities onsite and the bandstand is often used for city and visiting bands.
Founded by the Vikings in 914 Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland at 1100 years old. The city was fortified from an early date, first by the Vikings and then extended by the Normans. Many of these walls and Towers still remain today with Reginald Tower being the oldest civic urban structure in Ireland.
The Bilberry Goat Herd originated when a number of Huguenots (French Protestants) who were persecuted for their faith, fled France and came to Waterford to live in around 1700. When they arrived at the Quays in Waterford, they brought the goats which they had on board ship, up to Bilberry Rock to graze on common land. The goat experts have said that the herd is of the Landrace breed of goats. The place where the animals are kept is critical for the survival of the herd. Bilberry Rock contains unique minerals which have sustained the herd down through the years. They must also have sufficient land to roam and graze. This is the only way this unique Bilberry Goat Herd will survive in an urban setting, for the people of Waterford City and County and for generations to come.
Ballybricken is one of the oldest and most historic parts of Waterford City. This area was the centre of the livestock and bacon-curing industry so it is not suprising that it was chosen to cater for the sale of all livestock. At one time there were a total of five bacon factories in the city; now there are none. In the past, the fair on Ballybricken was held monthly. The fairs were colourful and busy events. They brought the countryside to the city and reminded both how much they depended on one another. Ballybricken still enjoys the benefit of local produce with many long established shops, bars and a thriving community.
The Edmund Rice Chapel, with its distinctive circular shape, sits dramatically on the hill of Mount Sion. Inside is the tomb of Blessed Edmund Rice with his name in Ogham, the ancient Irish alphabet. Visitors are welcome to pray and reflect. They can also just sit and admire the wonderful panoramic views of Waterford city below. The Edmund Rice Heritage Centre tells the story of Edmund Rice, the Ireland in which he lived and the growth of his congregations throughout the world.
It has many captivating features, including a multimedia tour of 18th century Waterford, complete with the sights, sounds, and even smells, of the city streets and dwellings. EDMUND RICE CENTRE
Waterford is the home of Waterford Crystal, the world-famous hand-crafted, cut glass product. The Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre is home to the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world and the guided tours offer access to all areas of traditional crystal production. HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL
Waterford Museum of Treasures comprises three magnificent museums chronicling one thousand one hundred years of history.
Reginald’s Tower-Treasures of Viking Waterford
Medieval Museum-Treasures of medieval Waterford
Bishop’s palace-Treasures of Georgian Waterford