We’ll be sad to say goodbye to the bright evenings and warmer weather that an Irish summer brings. Before we welcome in the dark cosy nights, there is still time to enjoy the last breaths of summer with a weekend getaway in Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland. There is so much to see and do here, from fun outdoor activities to lovely nights in with family, and Viking Hotel is here to cover all your needs. Here are some of the many highlights of a weekend break in Waterford that you shouldn’t miss.
Cycling is a popular pastime in Waterford and it’s no wonder when you see the scenery surrounding our gorgeous city. If you’d like to see one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland Ancient East, cycle the Waterford Greenway. This 46km greenway starts at the Quays of Waterford, all the way through areas of rich Irish heritage to the historic port of Dungarvin. Along the way, you’ll see some of the most impressive sights in the county including eleven bridges, three viaducts and a 400m long tunnel that runs from the river to the sea. You can enjoy lakes, castles, parks and gardens and you can stop for pictures any time that suits you. It’s an excellent day out for all the family and best of all, once you’ve reached the end, a bus can bring you and your bikes all the way back! Read more about the greenway in our blog.
Explore Waterford City
Waterford City is filled with history and heritage of the area. Founded by the Vikings between 856 and 914, Waterford City is over 1,000 years old and has the largest collection of medieval defensive towers and walls in Ireland. Start by taking a walk along the river and down by the old city walls, exploring the six towers which are still standing today. Stop for a closer look at Reginald’s Tower, the most impressive of them all which is in the Viking Triangle. Learn more about the city’s crafting heritage in The House of Waterford Crystal and learn what it was like living here in olden times in the Medieval Museum. There’s a lot to take in so plan your weekend well & make sure you visit all of the important parts.
Shopping in Waterford
Shopping in Waterford is a unique experience. You’ll find a decent mixture of brand names, high street favourites, high-end boutiques, and lots of unique and vintage stores. You’ll find favourites like Penneys and Tommy Hilfiger and plenty of other familiar names. We love supporting local and recommend guests to enjoy a ramble along both the main streets and side streets looking for local products and homegrown brands to take home as a souvenir. Make sure to pop into Waterford Crystal for a keepsake or Finder Keepers for a lovely Irish made gift for yourself or a friend. Refuel in one of the gorgeous cafes, bars, or restaurants in town & support local businesses.
Accommodation in Waterford
If you’re planning a weekend getaway in Ireland, Waterford is a fantastic addition to your itinerary. Filled with history and culture, it’s a place for young and old to explore and feel at home. Before planning your trip to Waterford, book great value accommodation in Viking Hotel. Located on the edge of the city, Viking Hotel offers you the best of both worlds; a quiet retreat away from the hustle & bustle and a handy location to reach the Greenway, the city, and all main transport links. Book a meal in our in-house Restaurant Pestle and Mortar and stay to enjoy a nightcap or a drink with friends before retiring to your comfortable bedroom. Before you head off, refuel in our brand new coffee dock, ideal to send you on your way.
We are delighted to welcome guests for vacations or staycations to Viking Hotel. If you’d like exclusive access to our best available rates and special offers, book your stay directly with the hotel or by using our official website. We offer the lowest rates, guaranteed. We are looking forward to welcoming you and hearing about the hidden gems you’ve found in Waterford.